Updated: May 12, 2020
An Artist with a Dream (hey that's me)
Getting paid doing what I love and would do for free
3 Roles: The Artist, Designer, and Entrepreneur
Artist: Using intuition. The ability to figure things out that don't always have a clear path to the destination.
Designer: Art with a purpose. Sell a product or define a brands identity ... Solving a problem for someone else. Art is who you are, design is what you do.
Entrepreneur: The dreamer. The one that allows me to fantasize about making it big one day. A goal and vision and determination to get there. I have the passion and what it takes
11 Character traits of Successful Designers:
1. Genuine fans of design
1. Hungry for knowledge and self improvement. constant work in progress
2. Humble yet confident. Always a student, never a master
3. Willingness to share knowledge. Often writing about experiences and sharing tips. Helping others
4. Unrelenting work ethic because they love it.Working long days and nights.Crave it
5. Undeniable talent
6. Marketing Chops. Self promotion. Interacting on forums. Don't avoid internet or social engagement. Advertisement
7. Get lucky. Put yourself in the right places. Attend events. Network. Help with others who help them. Hustle. Good things happen to those who hustle.
8. Understand branding. Unique style. Don't want to be like everyone else. Consistent with their image. Solid logo. consistent with how they treat others. They have a fresh take on what others are doing. People know what to expect.
9. Solid website. Simple. Easy to see your work, and contact you.
10. Great Communicators. Professional and polite. They put others first. They're honest, direct, straight forward. Make clients feel good and pumped up about themselves. Respond to emails quickly.
Keys to a Great Portfolio:
You need your own site and email domain.
5 Traits of a Rock Solid Portfolio
1. Professional presentation. Gallery. Professional mock ups. I need to show my work on a wall.
2. Have good work. Only show your best work. When in doubt, leave it out.
3. No more than one click away. One click to the portfolio
4. Recognizable clients.
5. Targeted. Know what you want to show off and do that well.
Work for me or them? Both
Chapter 2. Freelancing
Don't be scared. Collab with others on your same level. You are just learning. You will learn together. Being a newb isn't a bad thing. That's how you build your portfolio.
Working for Bands and Indie Clothing companies :
Find them social media. Contact them directly. Email them.
Tips when reaching out to a new client:
1. Contact them directly. Politely introduce yourself and let them know that you are a designer/artist. Let them know that I dig what they are all about. Tell them I'd like to work with them and ask how they typically work with other designers. Keep the email simple and direct.
2. Link to my portfolio where they can see relevant work or sketch something for them. They love when someone takes initiative, but be careful of theft of your idea.
3. List a few previous clients.
4. Talk about money when the time is right.
What should I charge?