Drawn Out Start To Freelancing - Illustrator Kristian Duffy

After struggling to find work after uni, with a year of bits, bobs and benefits, Kristian finally found the real benefits of a mentor, working for an established freelancer.

Now, he balances 2 jobs. One with a full time employer, the other: his freelance career. Kristian's experience of breaking out in to his freelance dream is full of ups and downs. Lots to learn. Oh. And a daredevil cat.

Here’s some of the key takeaway points:

  • being in the right place at the right time isn't just luck, you've got to shove yourself in the right place at the right time, you've got to make yourself me there
  • network with your creative peers, they're not your competition
  • make the most of your location, you're surrounded by potential clients so get to know companies/start ups etc
  • don't be afraid to learn from a more experienced freelancer/business mind
  • be yourself with clients, talk normally, 'they don't expect you to be an MP', reflect that in the tone of voice you write with as well
  • stand up for yourself when seeking delayed payment
  • share your process/behind the scenes work on your blog and on social, other than being interesting, it helps clients understand you

More from Kristian Duffy

Kristian on Twitter

Kristian's Tumblr

Kristians' site

Useful links

Stanley Chow

Pale Blue Dot


Fraser Davidson's Being Freelance episode

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