Very important things in order to survive as a freelancer

There a few very important things to learn in order to survive at all in this profession:

1. Art is essentially “quality of communication.” Your work has to deliver the client’s message very clearly and very quickly. Compose your pieces to include everything necessary for the message, and leave out anything which doesn’t forward that message.

2. Professionalism is at least three things:

Hard-won know-how carefully applied. Learn your tools well. With each app there are tons of things to learn and be able to use to produce the desired effect. Practice, practice, practice.

Careful attention to detail. Meis van there Rohe once said, “God is in the details.”

Study others’ work carefully for “ideal scenes.” Figure out how they did it and incorporate what you can of that into your own work.

3. Learn how to observe. Easy to say. Difficult to really do.

4. Nothing worthwhile is easily obtained. Truer than you may be willing to admit.

5. Do every job well and deliver MORE than you promise. Go for the “emotional response” with your client. If you don’t get it, there’s something you could have done better. If you do get it, you can expect at least some good word-of-mouth which is about the only viable way of getting more customers and plenty of work.

Your satisfaction will come with a good amount of quality production=stuff you actually sell to happy customers. It won’t come no matter how many piercings, tats, weird hair, or how much of your boxers you show above your belt. And don’t fall into the oblivion of a bohemian lifestyle.

If you can’t wholeheartedly and joyfully devote all of your energies to the above, forget it.

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Originally posted on Steve McCurry's Blog:

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