Being brave as a freelancer
In most artistic jobs, money is often the problem that can make us give up. Freelancing takes a lot of courage, patience and perseverance. It’s about accepting that some of us will need more time than others to make money from it. Many times I wanted to give up because I earned €300 in one month, or the French paperwork was pissing me off, or I didn’t have any clients, or they were paying me too late or too little for a huge amount of work. I had no time to see people, or the work I was doing was not good enough and very stressful.
I think getting jobs has a lot to do with being in the right place at the right time. When I created a series featuring girls, I shared it on Instagram. If it had been five years earlier, or even today, it would not have the same impact. A lot of blogs and websites shared it and this is what helped me get my first clients. That’s why I think it’s important to ask yourself, “what do I want to say in my work?”, because the story is as important as the expression you’re using to tell it. Once you’ve found it, share it as much as possible.
Growth can be terrifying
Challenging yourself and going where you’re not used to going is very important. When creative agency Anyways contacted me for the first project with Google I said yes, even though it was scary. I wasn’t really sure I’d be able to animate 24 stickers as I’d never studied animation, so it took me a bit more time. When Pictoplasma asked me to do a talk in Berlin I was terrified. And now, even after doing more talks, I’m still terrified every time I go on stage. But I knew it would help my career, and I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.
There will be hard moments and you might miss out on jobs. Each time you fail you’ll need to reconsider what you need to do to improve, and it’s not easy. But when we choose an artistic job, we know that it won’t be easy. So, take the risk, give it a try, and give it your best to build what you want.
This is an edit of an interview originally published on It’s Nice That as part of an advice piece on creative CVs, by Lucy Bourton.