Making A Living Week – Day 2

Blog, Creative Industry Practice, Making A Living Week, Visual Communication

The first talk of day two of Making a Living Week was from Chris Walker. An illustrator and co-founder of Squirm & Learn. 

His talk was based around crowd funding, and his experience of it with a book campaign they did with Kickstarter.

Chris Walker - Squirm & Learn. Photo by Finn Kidd

His main point was that preparation was key, it took them 11 months of preparation before they started the Kickstarter campaign, making sure they had everything finished and ready to go, so people knew what they were getting when they invested in the book.

I did a crowd funding campaign back in 2012 with Pledge for an album I was releasing, so knew a lot of what he was talking about, the process and the best ways to reach your goal.

Next up was Emma Thatcher from Accelerator talking about freelancing.

She spoke about the “many hats you have to wear”…

  • Passion
  • Promotor
  • Planner
  • Finance
  • Radar

Research who you want to work for/with.

An interesting point she made was to have a separate bank account for your self employed income, which makes a lot of sense when doing your tax return. But I had never thought about, having been self employed for a long time it would have probably helped. ha.

Websites to look at: The Dots, The Hive, and Behance

It then moved onto legal matters, covering the different ways you can be self employed – sole trader, partnership and limited company.

One of the main points was – write everything down, so there is always a record of what you have agreed with someone.

Websites: Own-It.org, SmashingMagazine.com, Docracy.comipo.gov.uk, Dacs.org.uk

Lastly we had a talk about CVs and interviews.

  • Your CV should be no longer than 2 sides of an A4. Keep it relevant. It’s all about first impressions.
  • Don’t put a photo, don’t put gender, don’t put age.
  • Don’t use a template, it needs to stand out. Also put anything on there that will make you stand out.
  • Employers love volunteers.
  • If you have a personal statement it should be no longer than a couple of lines. But really you shouldn’t use them.
  • Personalise to the specific job.
  • Bullet points, not sentences.
  • Purely factual.

This was a very useful day in terms of factual practical information about working and getting work/funding. Maybe not as fun as the first day though, ha.

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