So, you decided you like having the freedom of working when and where you want to, and for some thats great, but there are a few things I have found over the years that you must do! As many of you may or may not know, once you get your foot in the door somewhere and do great work consistently, you will always be busy working as a freelancer. Not all situations are the same, this is just my observation. Here are a few tips that will hopefully help you out.
The biggest thing for me is being punctual. You can be the greatest motion designer or editor I have ever seen, but if you can’t get to work when I ask you, well then I don’t want you there. Its pretty obvious that this holds true to a lot of employers. In my experience I have seen it too many times, people come and go as they please sometimes without saying a word! I find that very disrespectful. If I hire you for a job, and specify times, well thats what I expect. You can forget about future projects if you’re consistently late.
As artists we tend to take a lot of things personally when it comes to our work. That won’t fly in a fast paced environment where producers or Art Directors give you direction and expect you to follow directions. You have to be able to take criticism for your work, without getting worked up! its a fine line for sure, and it was something I struggled with from time to time, but I learned that if you can deliver what is being asked for, you’re going to be treated like a rockstar. in a good way. Listen to what is being asked for, expect revisions, keep cool and deliver great work.
These are just a few tips that may help you out if you’re just getting into the business. I will touch on this topic again in the future. Next week I may talk about some scripts for After effects I like to use as well as some plugins that I think are a must have. Have a Great 4th of July, and please be sure to check me out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @aspiretim. I would also like to see what you’re working on, so please tag me!
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