What to Expect in Your First Year as a Freelance Animator

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To kick-off the new year, I’m having a month long “Freelancing School” where each week you get a blog post and a podcast episode based on one of your first four years in building a freelance animation business. This week it’s all about what to expect when you finally decide to make that jump. We talk about how to pitch for jobs and where to find them, whether or not to take low paying gigs, how to quote for animation and some of the big changes that happen (like taxes and insurance). If you’ve been thinking about making a go at being a freelancer, January’s selection of shows and posts is a good place to start!

Sign up for the newsletter or become a Patron on my Patreon page to get the more detailed ebook in February on starting a freelance business.

And don’t forget to check out the companion blog post with this podcast to read a more structured write-up on what to expect in your first year of being a Freelancer!

Listen for Jessie Katzenflippenburgers, the captain’s thermos bag, scatman, and the $1 one-hour movie

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Topics & Timestamps:

(7:09) What’s on the Show
(10:52) Your (and our) 1st Client… getting started
(18:13) When Stephen decided that animation was his career
(20:23) Freelancing like Standup Comedy
(22:53) Ways to Learn (and get into) Animation
(28:08) Understanding Name-Brand through the world of Modern Art
(34:15) The benefit of being young
(40:46) Client Types: The Poker Chip Metaphor
(46:43) What changes happen to your life when you go into Freelance
(55:08) Networking and finding what works with your own personality
(1:01:07) How to Pitch for a job
(1:13:34) How to Quote a budget for animation
(1:32:41) Final Words and more on networking


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Stephen Brooks
Rob Yulfo

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Stephen Brooks

Stephen Brooks is a freelance animator in NYC that specializes in a hand-drawn style. Being a professional since 2005, he also produces indie shorts with self-made music, sound fx & voices. Lately Stephen has taken to introducing others to animation with production VLOGs, a podcast, instructional videos and is writing a book on traditional principles in a digital world. View his animation work

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