An interesting article. Thank you – I like the idea of working on the ‘spin’ – I’ll give that some thought!
Keep The Creative Juices Flowing – Tips For The Freelance Artist
As a freelance artist, I recently started blogging, I am amazed at the amount of people who have come forward through social networking sites. The exchange of services for a freelancer is absolutely an awesome beginning. I have sent out a few pieces of art to those that have helped me, and I have had wonderful emails back how they love what I have sent them.
If it’s something you love, sometimes give it away, the rewards can be astounding and can eventually lead to great business.
Here are some tips that can help get your creative juices flowing:
Differentiate Yourself, Your Business
Writing to capture a particular audience in today’s marketplace can be a struggle, depending on your area of expertise. With the booming internet and social networking at the forefront, this is a hot topic and get’s picked up often, but it’s also flooded. It’s tough to get noticed when there are so many other larger dogs on the porch.
I can only repeat what many have said, turn it, and spin it into a niche market. Offer up something different within your niche, no matter what it is, there is someone that will search for it.
…has a talent, an expertise or something to say, utilize it and put it online for…
When getting started, exposure is necessary. It is also often times miss-understood to some that are not aware of social networking. I am talking in terms of blogging and exposing your product or yourself as a freelancer. I have had people run the other way in the corporate world when I mention blogging or attaching themselves to a blog. Oh the horror! Come on, who are the up and coming decision makers? That’s an entire other article to be written, trials and tribulations of selling the social network aspect!
Blogging is a way to expose your service, your words or your product. Even if it’s only a small little blurb every now and then.
With any job, craft or hobby, you have to be loyal. When I sit down with a blank piece of paper, I try and give it a deadline. Often times as a freelancer it’s hard to stick to a dedicated goal; there may be a beer in the fridge that needs attention, a garden that needs weeding, or just a sit in the sunshine that has been neglected. If you stick with it within reason, it can be accomplished.
Leave the project in front of you. As an artist; I tend to tube the one’s that are not really catching my fancy. I’ve thrown so many into tubes that are incomplete, and I know they could be great. I recently brought one out, flattened the sucker and it turned into a beautiful piece. I left it sit though, for a day, and stared at it each and every time I walked into the studio. I realized I couldn’t just leave it incomplete. If you have projects that are back burner projects, keep them out in front of you, and be dedicated to look at them a few times a day. You will eventually find the inspiration and finish them.
You Have The Ability
Face it, if you didn’t have the ability you wouldn’t be in the line of work you are. There are days when I have done a sketch about 6 or 7 times over from the beginning, because I didn’t like it. Knowing the ability is there to create what was asked, but not being able to do so. I know the right one’s within reach, it is at this point in a project, you must walk away. Your ability is being blocked; it’s not a huge issue, unless you’re my husband who has to hear it. It will come.
Make It Your Outlet
I said a few paragraphs back, if you can niche-a-size your market, your ability or your talent, that’s going to bring in some success. It may not be a huge cash cow, but if you have the talent and the ability, you can make it your outlet. Even if that niche falls into an over flooded market, it’s always worth giving it a different spin. Personalize it, humorize it. It helps your creative juices flowing for other projects.
Take it constructively; don’t go off the deep end. I suggest even asking for it. It can only benefit you and help you grow as a freelance worker. When you find a weakness, human nature is to defend it, don’t. I’ve done that, let it come and learn from it. If you ask your spouses for criticism, be prepared, they will freely give it. Than ask a friend, or fellow freelancer, take the two and come up with a balance point.
Enjoy not only your successes, but your failures as well. Those are what we learn from most. I strongly believe the space that we create in, has to be enjoyable. I have converted my office/studio into anything that is pleasant to me, I have a few of my favorite original pieces and two walls decked out in Chicago Bear Blue and Orange and all my memorabilia. I have to say, it makes me happy, it’s simple, but there is not one thing unpleasant in this little corner of my house. It helps… and it’s enjoyable…
What about you?
About the Author: Susie Kleiner started learning SEO and Internet Marketing a year and half ago for an Exhibit House – www.catalystexhibit.com and part of that job involved selling the importance of SEO and Social Networking, a concept that is way out of the box to those that have never heard of it. I started my own Art Blog – which has been quite rewarding since drawing is my biggest passion. In my opinion, we must not be afraid to try new things.
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May 16th, 2008 at 11:12 am
Chris HofflerMay 16th, 2008 at 12:04 pm
“When I sit down with a blank piece of paper, I try and give it a deadline. ” – that works very well, I always give myself deadlines, even for personal projects. I find it more difficult to do that with my personal projects than client’s projects, but still it works very good.
Thx for the great article!
May 16th, 2008 at 2:40 pm
You could not have said it any better. One of my biggest struggles is disciplining myself to get things done- when I am the boss.
For myself I have always found that the more I have to do the more I get done. But If I only have this one thing that needs accomplished I will put it off until tomorrow. I really have to stay on myself. And of course I tend to work on the fun projects first.
Anyway…well said. This is some great advice that I can apply to my own habits.
May 16th, 2008 at 3:33 pm
Great article, I think I needed this. But my problem is motivation at the beginning, to find a topic that I think others will enjoy. It is not so much as the motivation once you get going I find, for me it is the initial idea, and going from there. But thanks for the words of encouragement all the same!
May 16th, 2008 at 5:14 pm
I think people get into things with the wrong intentions (read: money). If you’re doing what you love, then the rest will come easy. Guess what I’m saying is if you’re not doing the last aspect “Enjoy,” you can’t possibly do the first few.
May 16th, 2008 at 6:02 pm
Suzy you’re the bomb! I am the groupy for this wonderful and talented sketch artist and blogger. The art work is just over the top and relative to what we all love, MUSIC!
May 16th, 2008 at 7:27 pm
Excellent article! Super informative and very well written. I especially liked the part about the constructive criticism. That can be hard to take, but it’s inevitable if your work is seen by the masses. Like they say you can’t please everyone all the time. Kudos, and keep up the great work (I’ll be looking for more)!
May 16th, 2008 at 7:32 pm
Great tips – particularly on the ‘make it your outlet’ part – I’ve designed and blogged as outlets. You are right – they are not my cash cows, but they can help me to pump my creative juice out and earning good reputation – which, eventually, lead me to the cash cows biz.
May 16th, 2008 at 10:02 pm
“Enjoy not only your successes, but your failures as well. Those are what we learn from most.” Very well said Susie! If I had given up after after my infinite number of failures I wouldn’t be where I am at the moment. Failure certainly is the key to learning. It helps to flow you creative juices as well since it gives you an idea that something didn’t work in the past so you need to take a new route.
Ok…ok…. I will stop blabbing ;-) . All in all excellent article. Looking forward to more posts from you on Freelance Folder.
May 16th, 2008 at 10:45 pm
“It’s tough to get noticed when there are so many other larger dogs on the porch.”
And so many smaller ones too. Think about how many do NOT have a blog. Even by just having one that you post to every now and then you are a step ahead of the rest. I think at my uni in my design course, there would be only a handful that do blog, and the rest are missing out!
May 17th, 2008 at 9:40 am
Yeah, the power of blogging is still so unknown to far too many.
May 17th, 2008 at 9:56 am
Good article. I’m a freelance designer too – commercial art – logos, brochures, catalogs and such. I’ve seen your sketches and love them.
May 20th, 2008 at 10:03 am
Wow – Loved it – Good reminders & inspiration!
When’s your book coming out?
January 25th, 2009 at 7:28 pm
Great article, alot of useful information to be had. This is definitely inspirational and it has a good amount of tips to get people motivated!
May 7th, 2013 at 11:35 pm
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Nie mam wstydu.
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jej prosto w oczy. – Jesteś…
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- Po co żyję? – Poderwała się. – Dosłyszałeś, jestem maszyną.
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