Drawing the line


A month ago if you were to ask me if I could be able to handle a variety of work, my answer would have been: I ought to be able to. I have had six jobs in two weeks… I’m a freelancer.

I guess business was good. It’s almost as if clients have a satellite connected to your desktop, tracking your workday and decide to shower you with loads, in a very short space of time. Can you design this for me and have it ready tomorrow morning, I have a presentation at nine? You don’t need a brief I trust you! I want this logo to have a little boy on a swing holding a grenade…(my mind, waiting to explode) *Sigh*. But sometimes you have to work your way to create from briefs that, on the surface, don’t really appear to be that creative themselves.

In most cases, time allowed to complete the work given becomes inversely proportional to the time taken by client to work out what to complain about. That’s when you realize, a client who knows exactly what they want is worse than one that has no idea. As an artist, drawing the line and knowing that everything has to be done immediately, deadlines are incredibly important unless a client has to provide materials, extra information or approve work. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, I love the rush, it excites me as much as it is distressing.

Everything is fine until  they all cease to exist when you need them most.

My most recent client, my former boss, whom I do all his work, trusts me with all his might. Simply because I carry the loyalty of a hufflepuff. I struggle to say no to him
(Weakness). Well it takes me back to 2009, when I first started working with him. He needed someone to operate an 8000s designJet, which I knew nothing about. Him on the other hand had no experience whatsoever about the work he was doing, yet he was unbelievably blessed with the right resources that could have taken him where he wanted to be. Sadly not (Well, let me leave it at that).

During that time I frequented his office, during and after my classes to learn and master this piece, or rather large machinery. A few weeks later, working as the designer and the assistant machine operator for his company. I would like to believe I can handle any kind of machine with less effort, finding my way very easily.

Which is something I’m not doing very well as to finding clients, and not just clients but the ‘right’ clients. It goes to show that putting a portfolio out there won’t make its magic alone and client referrals won’t do any justice either. Note to self… GET ON YOUR BEHIND AND GO Make yourself noticed – in a good way.

Now that’s ambitions of a willionaire.

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