Posted 10.03.2017 @ 12.16PM
Curious to know if any other freelancers experience not getting clients or jobs because you don't have any prior experience in a specific industry. eg. finance, fashion, construction etc.whatever it may be.
I'd understand if there were specific industry guidelines to follow, but when it's just general design work, it amazes me how short sighted some people can be. This seems to be the only career were you need specific software & hardware skills, with specific creative skills, output to specific mediums for specific range of industries. If you fail to meet just one of them you're deemed as not suitable.
Posted 10.03.2017 @ 11.38AM
::you get mentored by someone who's got a heap of experience, they take you to meetings, shoots etc::
Lots of (positive) assumptions there. The reality is you get to do all shit work and get taken advantage of.
Posted 09.03.2017 @ 6.54PM
CA's are only worth the paper they're written on. If any of them steal your idea then it becomes a legal matter and up to if you go down that path.
Posted 09.03.2017 @ 11.33AM
::I don't understand why people/companies think this kind of thing is acceptable?::
maybe cos they don't value the skills. And see design work as a competition where you have to prove yourself. I still get asked to do trial jobs.... Or they just want to exploit someone young.
It's a sad state of affairs either way. What's worse is I have seen other creative businesses trying the same volunteer/unpaid bullshit.
Posted 09.03.2017 @ 11.16AM
Too many questions. Impossible to give answers to all.
A lot will depend on your budget. My suggestions is put together a proper brief about who you are, what you want to build (the ins and outs/features/requirements), why and who it's for, your competitors, deadline etc.
Shop around for a small web agency or freelance web designer. Find someone with a track record of similar projects and can work within your budget. Submit the brief and get quotes. If you have no tech experience do not attempt to be project manager this.
Best of luck.
Posted 19.08.2016 @ 2.20PM
@dan - haha well if only there was something like that! I think the thing with snask is, they've built that reputation for that kind of work so people seek them out from around the world to do it. from what I read in their book, there was many a struggle years when they first started out just trying to get by and doing the kind of work they wanted until they got the publicity and accolades for it.
Posted 19.08.2016 @ 8.41AM
@dan - I did work at an agency where I used to get to travel a lot art directing photoshoots around the world, I guess I could say that was exciting whilst out of the office but as soon as you get back into the office, its the same old thing haha.
I'd love to work for a place like Snask where they use their hands to create a lot of the work they make and looks like a lot of their projects they can kind of just go a bit wild, I mean to me that seems exciting but I can't think of any places in Australia where they do that kind of work.
Posted 17.08.2016 @ 6.01PM
@dan - sometimes I'm like yeah this project I'm working on is great and I really get to be creative and feel excited by what I'm doing and creating but for the most part I find myself feeling a bit whatever, like I'm creating something that some people would say 'yeah that looks nice' but its in no way ground breaking
the more I'm in the industry the less I feel I'm inspired, I feel a lot of work out there in the industry is good quality but it kind of all feels a bit stale and not interesting to me. I don't know if this is perhaps I've been in the industry longer now or what. overall some agencies I think create great work but for the most part I can't say many agencies or places that I'm like "oh I'd love to work for them" where as in the past I feel I used to feel this way to more places
Posted 16.08.2016 @ 8.49AM
@dan cheers mate. Been a designer since 2000 also. Fulltime until 2007 and then moved into photography due to being sat at a desk 24/7 was killing me.
Commercial photography is not that far apart from design as you think to be honest. There is a client, brief, and goal just like design. The goals have to be met to budgets and deadlines too. There is creativity, technical skills, and delivery with Adobe Suite. The big difference is that there is more engagement with people outside of the screen.