How To Build A Career As A Freelance Artist In 2021

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How To Build A Career As A Freelance Artist In 2021

Are you considering a career as a freelance artist?

That’s great, but you need to know one thing - building a career as a freelance artist is not easy. It can be even more challenging now. For the last two years, the freelance market saw an immense growth of people who wanted to build their freelance careers. So you may face yourself with fearless competition.

However, if you’re determined to build a better life for yourself, you should dedicate yourself to building your career as a freelance artist. You can start by creating your profile at Brybe Freelancer Marketplace, but only after you read the guidelines that we have prepared for you.

1. Have An Experience Working As A Full-Time Artist

It’s very hard to build a professional career as a freelance artist if you don’t have at least some full-time working experience. While many artists may disagree on this one, it’s quite important to have a full-time experience. It’s proof that you’re able to fulfill certain requirements, meet expectations, work in a team, meet deadlines, collaborate with team members, etc. Plus, you’ll be able to learn new skills on your full-time experience. Once you feel like you’ve accumulated enough knowledge and experience, you can begin to think about building a freelance career.

As a freelancer, you won’t work in an office with team members or have one-on-one talks with your boss. You’ll need to learn how to maintain discipline on your own, and this is where working as a full-time artist can help you.

2. Create Your Portfolio

The portfolio will play a major role in your search for the right job. Regardless of the type of artist you want to become, you need to have an online portfolio. Whether you’re a cartoonist, a graphic artist, an illustrator, a musician, a technical writer, it doesn’t make much of a difference - create your portfolio so you’ll be able to pitch clients.

As far as what you should put in your portfolio, that all depends on the type of work that you do.

3. Build Your Online Presence

Creating your portfolio is not enough if you want to build a career as a freelance artist - you need to be present online.

All of your potential clients and customers are online, sitting on their phones and scrolling through social media, writing emails, or watching webinars. So, if you’re not present online you’re missing out on a lot of potential clients.

Work on your social media profiles, grow your audience there and work constantly on improving your social media content and strategy.

4. Do Some Pro-Bono Work At The Beginning

Every beginning is difficult. While lot a of freelance artists refuse to do any work for free or for exposure, which is understandable, it’s important to know that this is an option for you.

Pro-bono work is not always humiliating - in fact, it can lead to receiving offers from clients you couldn’t even dream of.

As a beginner, you know that your negotiating power is quite low, so you need to build your way up the ladder. Accepting pro-bono work will help you build up your portfolio and increase your experience as a freelance artist.

5. Send Your Proposals And Provide Excellent Experience

Pitching clients is one of the most challenging parts of this job, but you have to do it if you want to become a freelance artist. Choose platforms that don’t have as many users, like Brybe Freelancer Marketplace, for example.

The process of becoming a freelance artist in 2021 is much more challenging, but it’s not impossible. If you truly believe in yourself and you dedicate yourself to building this career for you, you can make it happen for yourself.

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