Be Free, Lance: The Beginning
Hello everyone! My name is Breanna, from moxee, and I’m very excited to be writing my first post here on Studio Sweet Studio as a regular contributor! My column, entitled “Be Free, Lance”, will focus on a variety of aspects from the life of a freelance creative. Being a graphic + web designer myself, I’ve learned many things along the way that I’d like to share with you all… and what a more perfect way than to be here on SSS, huh??
Before I dive into the topics, I thought I’d spend my first post giving you a little background of myself, so you know where I’m coming from. I’ll try to keep it short … promise! Before I graduated undergrad with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, I began freelancing as a designer for a local communications firm. The company was run by an entrepreneur, who no doubt inspired me to work towards my dreams of working for myself, just like he did, at a young age. By the time graduation rolled around, I had six months of freelancing experience under my belt and was as motivated as ever to make things work.
At the time, I had been in the blog world for a few months and had developed some solid online relationships, so I took the plunge and dove into full-time freelance life. Whoa! Because freelancing doesn’t guarantee anything, I gave myself a four month window in which I had to prove to myself that I could survive. With the support of my family + close friends behind me, I worked day and night to make my dreams a reality. Today, as I sit writing this from the comforts of my own home studio, I couldn’t be more happier to tell you that I did make it through those first few months and have been freelancing ever since.
Now, freelancing isn’t all puppies and rainbows. Not by a long shot. I got where I am by hard work and developing a network of trusted relationships … making connections is KEY! I know this story doesn’t give you the whole picture all at once, but it’s the framework. If you follow my column here on SSS, I promise to spill the deets of what I’ve learned ( and am learning ) along the way as a freelance designer. And no, you don’t have to be a designer to read, as the topics will be applicable to all freelance creatives alike!
I’ll be back before you know it with the first topic! And of course, if you have anything at all that you’d really love to hear about, simply shoot me an email. I’d love to hear what you all think!