Weathering The Ups & Downs of Life as a FreelancerAn interview with Lilian Darmono
As freelancers, we have to live with the fact that work often comes in waves. We might be really busy for stretches of the year and then face a lean month or two. Learning to predict and work through these cycles is a big factor in creating a successful freelance career.
Lilian Darmono is an Art Director who’s made a career spanning both the freelance and corporate worlds. In this, the first of a 2-part series, we dive deep into Art Direction, Graphic Design, and Animation. Lilian studied graphic design at University in Singapore, worked as a graphic designer in Australia before finding her niche in the world of art direction. We speak in depth about the path she took to become an art director, the importance of passion projects, the benefits of being a specialist vs a generalist. Plus, we get into the pro’s and con’s of climbing the corporate ladder and what it means to be an art director vs a creative director.
How do you handle your downtime between projects or when the slow season hits? Are you a Jack (or Jill) of all trades or do you choose to specialize? Leave a comment below!
In this episode
- What is the distinguishing differences between Art Direction and Creative Direction?
- The benefits of both freelance and office work
- The pros and cons of climbing the corporate ladder
- How should you be spending your time when work is scarce?
- Some strategies to find work during slow seasons in your business
- Lillian Darmono’s website
- Lillian Darmono’s graphic painting “Dusk”
- Joey Korenman article for Motionographer
Thanks for Listening!
To share your thoughts:
To help out the show:
Podcast music licensed by Big Waves
Some of the links above are affiliate links. Basically, this means that if you decide to make a purchase through one of these links, we will earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. You can be sure that we would recommend these products whether or not we made any commission on them. Please don’t spend your money on them if you don’t think that they will truly help you improve your business, although, in our experience, they will.
Recent podcast episodes:
Finding work with a major studio making feature films can seem daunting. You may wonder if your work is good enough. But what if it’s not your work that...
How you brand yourself may be one of the most important parts of being a profitable motion designer. There are so many ways to go about it though. Do you brand...
Sometimes we create outstanding work that doesn’t mean that much to us personally. Should you include it on your site anyway? Today’s guest suggests that we cut that...
It’s nice to get paid for your work. But for many of us, that’s not the ultimate reason we’re in this business. We need to find a purpose in what we do and...