Man it baffles me that people undervalue artists and (especially) professional artists. People want to hire us for freelance work but don’t want to pay the baseline, reasonable amount because they don’t realize how much art is actually worth in the industry.
Freelance Contract work goes up from $400/day
Freelance Piece work varies, but people at my animation studio sell theirs for like $500
PLEAAASE write that post about what you can do with an English degree! I'm getting mine rn and everyone's either assuming I'm going to teach, or trying to push me into the med field instead :\
look, english degrees are awesome okay. i’m going to try and make this as brief as possible but am here to elaborate on anything anyone has questions on.
what everyone thinks you can do with an english degree:
write a novel i guess
teach when the novel writing doesn’t work out
what you can actually do with an english degree:
whatever the fuck you want (no really)
first, there’s different types of english degrees* *based on the US education system, which i’m most familiar with
literature! guess what you get to do with a literature degree? a lot.
skills: close-reading, critical thinking, problem-solving, potentially translating, communication (written for sure, maybe verbal as well), self-direction, detail-orientated, editing, style guides
stuff: archival work, curation, history if you specialize in an era, making digital humanities projects if you want to work with computers or apps, working abroad (especially if you want to do comparative lit), social justice work, public events including readings and vigils, copy-editing, writing (and we’ll talk more about what “writing” really means on the job market in a second), non-profit work, academia/professor, library work if you’re interested in information science, consultant, book history and printing, publishing
skills: close reading, critical thinking, translating, communication, editing, creativity, design, art, self-direction, analytical thinking, problem solving, giving and receiving constructive feedback, art
stuff: write that novel! or short story! or chap book! or poem!, marketing/advertising, storyboarding for tv or movies or video games, creative development, script writing, social justice work, non-profit work, academia/professorship, campaigning, travel writing, content development for corporations or charities or whatever you want, social media coordinator (guess what, that starts hiring at around 50k now), administration, public relations/press releases, creative director, creative consultant, medical humanities, publishing
skills: collaboration, communication, technical skills, design, problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking, qualitative and quantitative research methods, documentation, development, project management
stuff: user experience, front-end design (web/software/interfaces/etc.), document design, technical writing, medical writing or design, app design, report writing, grant writing, editing, academia/professorship, political campaigning, social media coordinator, software engineering, programming, risk management, project manager, program development/administration, game designer, accessibility and assistive technology developer, consultant for the government/industry/non-profits, proposal developer, business plan developer, publishing
skills: sociology and anthropology, syntax, editing, writing, typically competencies in many languages, cognitive science and psychology, speech therapy
stuff: computational linguistics (PROGRAM COMPUTERS AND AI TO SPEAK?!), assistive technology developer, develop grammar and editing programs for technology (squiggly lines), academia/professorship, translator, forensic linguist, teach foreign languages or english as an additional language, lexicographer meaning you get to basically archive human language for everyone and that’s fucking cool, tech writing, programming and coding!, speech therapy, user researcher/field researcher, speech therapist and setting you up for speech pathology, consultant for the government/industry/non-profits, voice/dialect coach for actors or voice actors
and many more! (rhetoric, writing studies, teaching english as a second language, others i’ve forgotten)
guess what all these skills and jobs are likely mix-and-match! take classes across the board, figure out what you’re interested in, and chances are your english degree can be used toward those careers!
also guess what there’s different types of teaching you can do too! elementary, middle school, high school, vocational or technical colleges, community colleges, universities, corporate training, government training, specialist training, writing centers, teaching abroad, tutoring, instructional design, curriculum development/educational program development. teaching is also awesome and you can do a lot with the teaching focus beyond being just in the classroom if that’s where you want to go!
but i only want to write!
don’t worry dude there’s tons of writing out there for you to find comfortable employment in. here’s a few i can think of off the top of my head:
creative writing: scripts/screenplays, video games, novels, short stories, poetry, journalism, blogs, freelance digital writing, travel writing, think pieces, editorials, marketing campaigns
technical writing: grants, documentation for engineers/programmers/factories/products, SEO content, web content, medical writing, contract writing, business plans, proposals, job descriptions, freelance or contracted writing, user experience test plans and reports, codes and software scripts
civic writing: press releases, speeches, journalism, non-profit grants, charter documents, legislation or other legal documentation (usually hired by contract work)
make your minor count. you want to write video game scripts? minor in something related to the industry (game studies is even a thing now in several universities). you want to write science books? minor in astronomy. want to write speech programs for AI robots? minor in computer science or human factors. go go go!
learn how to translate your soft skills to hard skills. english majors, generally, have a lot of critical thinking, analytical, and detail-orientated skills. think of specific projects where you’ve used those and talk about *those* on job materials (we can make our qual life quantifiable, #trust)
be adaptable. english degrees (and by extension, humanities degrees) are some of the most flexible skill sets out there. don’t pigeonhole yourself into roles that don’t fit what you want to do (i can’t tell you how many colleagues i’ve had that did editing jobs even though they hated editing and wanted to do design work instead. #DegreesCanDoTwoThings)
know that “publishing” and “editing” and “writing” have much, much more potential than what you might think initially. publishing jobs exist everywhere if you’re willing to work outside of creative fiction (university presses, magazines/newsletters/blogs, documentation for corporations, data-driven or science publications, etc.). these jobs are competitive, but they exist and you can get them
get experience working with cross-functional or cross-disciplinary teams. find opportunities to join clubs or orgs outside of your major that are doing projects you want to do. want to write movie screenplays? join film club, meet people who want to make films! showing that you can work with a bunch of different people from different knowledge bases/disciplines/skillsets will take you a lot farther on the job market
*dabs at forehead* obviously this isn’t exhaustive, there’s more out there! anyone who wants to chime in or add please do!
I've seen your art; it looks so great! I have a question- do you work as a storyboarder for OK KO/ is your art official art for the show?
Thank you, Anon! And no, I’m not a storyboarder. I’ve worked as a Key artist and designer on a freelance contract. Besides the poster, none of the drawings I’ve uploaded on tumblr has been official art, just fanart because I very much enjoy watching the show and drawing its characters. : )
Rejected Aliases:Boost Burst, Speedy Quick, Racing Racer, Shitty Stalker
Rank: None / Freelance Mercenary
Age: 19 years old
Goal: To find and destroy the Mad Cyborg.
The moment he first witnessed Speed-o’-Sound Sonic dispatch an entire platoon of mysterious beings, he knew he had to study under him. Such speed, such precision, not a single wasted movement (aside from some initial bragging, but someone so talented had every right to show off every once in a while); for the first time since becoming a Cyborg of Justice, Genos began to think that raw strength wasn’t the only path towards his revenge. After all, what was more dangerous than an enemy you couldn’t see coming?
With his decision to pursue the path of speed and concentrated, effective attacks, Genos requested Kuseno to alter his body to be more aerodynamic, his Sensei’s frame serving as a model. His heat cannons were focused into more powerful, smaller weapons, and several types of blades joined his repertoire.
At first the ninja was not interested in taking a student, but Genos wore him down with sheer stubbornness, bold-faced praise to his skills, and exploitable household abilities. Sonic immediately regretted his decision when Genos began getting in the way of his assassination contracts, half guilting, half sabotaging any criminally-inclined jobs the ninja intended to accept. Were it not for the cyborg’s willingness to search for new freelance contracts for Sonic, the ninja would’ve stabbed him in the core several times over. There’s also the fact the cyborg learns frighteningly fast, which Sonic sees as good training to better his own techniques, but he’ll never admit to that aloud.
Genos has no delusions about his Sensei’s shitty attitude, and while they butt heads very often and can’t keep from insulting each other at every turn, Genos genuinely respects Sonic Sensei. But only because his stalking of the man allowed him to coin in on his innocent self-consciousness over his bad habit of grinning too wide, and his kindness towards animals and people that don’t immediately piss him off; even his horrible naming skills can be kind of adorable sometimes.
He’s still a bitchy asshole, though.
“The public despises you with good reason, Sensei, but I’ll still follow you anywhere.“
I'm sorry if this seems like a personal question, but how did you convince or assure your family that art making was the career path for you? I'm currently trying to get back into art after taking a break but my family isn't happy that I want to return to it. Their main argument is that I won't have benefits like someone would working full time at a company & because of the unstable income. Even though I understand where they're coming from, but it still undermines what I want to do.
*whispers* thru a lot of emotional turmoil and anxiety
_(:3」∠)_ I was told drawing should only be a hobby and not a career because my family believed you can’t make a good living in art, so I tried to back-burner it and did what i could studying sciences–it didn’t work out well; I had a lot of anxiety and went through some rough emotional patches in university. My mom and grandparents became a lot more supportive after they saw that i had a lot more interest in art than any of my uni courses (and also that i really wasn’t happy going down the science route). My dad’s disappointment lingered a bit longer, but now he’s fully come to accept that he can’t change what I’ve set my heart to, and my family’s really supportive now. In some ways, they’re right: In Vancouver, it’s a saturated industry–it is competitive, you are not guaranteed a position, and if you are, the company may only give you a temporary contract, and freelancing is definitely not a stable source of income. Your family’s concern is in the right place.
However, if this is something you truly want to pursue, you need to start beefing a portfolio, and investing in classes (online or in class) and tutorials to hone your skill and expand your skillset (this is important–nowadays, companies are more likely to hire someone who can do more than just one thing–i.e. being able to draw both characters and backgrounds, to illustrate and code, or illustrate and model in 3D etc etc). Talk to people in the industry (either by attending work conventions or with peers in that industry), you need that feedback and information to get to a destination that’s, for a lack of a better word, hazy and increasingly competitive.
Creating a portfolio takes time and commitment; art will frustrate you, but you will get better, your portfolio will get better. If you choose to freelance, you have to be aware of the risk. You need to understand that you will need to save more money when freelancing because your next paycheque is not always guaranteed. You need to be able to put yourself out there if you’re freelancing. Unless you hire an agent, you’ll need to push your art and yourself as an artist out there whenever you can.
Making connections with people in the industry is your best bet–while
your art can certainly speak for itself, it’s equally vital to
reach out and talk to people.
if you are fortunate enough to land a job within a company, that’s great! you’ll have less freedom when it comes to the work you do and have less control over your own work hours, but your benefits are more guaranteed, and you’re still getting to do art! either way, your portfolio is the most vital thing. While you work on a portfolio, take a job that will help you make enough in order to achieve your art career in the future. Your happiness and how you feel you will succeed is important, and your family will come to realise that. Ask them + friends for help when you need it; starting your path to a career you want shouldn’t be a one-man journey.
Hiii! Can I request something? If so... Prompt: pippa x reader. Pippa offers a back massage to her tired friend the reader, but then regrets it once she sees the close proximity it puts her next to the love of her life. So now she's almost shaking especially when she grazes her bare skin by her neck. You choose how it goes, but please let it have a romantic and fluffy arc. Thank you!
this took me some time to get to! hope you like it i was stressing over it but it’s really cute imo also is it a drabble if it’s 1.7k words??? no warnings apply i think
Kurami@Zaitsev: "Hmmm, your tools of the trade are certainly unique. Most likely, ones that would be hard to come by. How did you acquire them?"
“Just want to make sure your still a shinobi that still follows the shinobi code,since you answered my question then i will answer yours.”
“During the last war between unova and kalos things where uneasy cause the rise of mercs that became to be know as private forces or PF for short, so I’m a freelance Private military contract or PMC.
That can take any dangerous job in the world and i can get my hands on some the best weapons to offer,now i do use some shinobi weapons like the ninjato for stealth…rarely i use it but my gear is mostly light weight so i can move quickly as well keep quiet.
Still i’m hired by my contractor to do any job as well given access to any weapon i want. I know about your…toxic last resort item,nasty on what it dose to the body from its affects, some shinobi have used it to avoid capture by…drinking it…rather to take death over being captured. “ Zaitsev said being calm since,she was doing her job like he was but no matter what he had to remember that she could be his enemy.
“Well miss I could keep chatting but your pals might get annoyed with me talking to you,but as a sigh of a gift to you i want you to have a aura crystal necklace…since you try to keep your shinobi ways alive. “
Freelance Advice! Self Promotion and Starting Your Own Brand
I was just sent an email that was asking me about how I got started as a freelance designer/illustrator/animator/x, and I think I’m just going to paste my answer here in case anyone gets something out of it.
Illustration is a career path I’ve always been obsessed with– in terms of work experience, the first job out of school I got was a paid internship at MIT creating a game from start to finish over the summer. From there I scoured Boston for similar jobs and finally landed on a game studio that hired me. Since then, all of my jobs have been through knowing a colleague who knows a director who knows someone else who needs an illustrator. Never take your network for granted!
I attended a design school that focused on self-marketing and I know there’s a lot of crossover in each department on how to get started.
In my senior year I took a class that focused on portfolio building that was incredibly helpful. We:
1. Trimmed and enhanced our bodies of work to create both an online and physical portfolio that best represented our artistic strengths and voices.
2. Designed business cards (I recommend moo.com for sharp and well-priced cards!) and mailers (I’m not sure if graphic designers necessarily send out mailers, I think that might be more under the fine artist category).
3. Drafted up invoices and contracts for future use (which was just a matter of searching the internet for a standard freelance designer invoice/contract and recreating it in InDesign, tailored to our needs).
4. As an assignment, we reached out to 5 professional artists whose work we admired and asked them for a critique of our site. That one was nerve-wracking, but I was pleasantly surprised that some of my art heroes got right back to me with valuable suggestions.
I’d recommend spending a good chunk of time on all of these points. Having this as a foundation is incredibly helpful, and spending a few days re-tuning your site and resume every few months will have you fully prepared for any jobs that come at you. People will know you as someone who takes their work seriously, which is the best professional reputation you can have.
Things that I’ve learned since graduating: DON’T miss out on online promotion! Creating a LinkedIn profile, starting a blog, a Twitter account, and having a Facebook page specifically for your work are all great ways to gain traction and get your name out there. People are always looking for designers and passing around links. You’d be surprised at the amount of work you can get through being the friend of a sister of someone’s cousin who happens to be launching a start up and needs a new website and logo.
I’ve found Twitter and Tumblr to be especially helpful for 1. Posting updates when you make new work and 2. Talking about yourself. Personally I’m kind of an over-sharer, but I’ve made a lot of professional connections just through being positive and chatting about stuff I enjoy.
will there be a new chapter at the end of this month? or a half-chapter, even?
probably not. please understand i just started a new fulltime job of drawing all day and then when I come home I have 2 freelance comics coloring contracts still going. i’m basically dead rn. nobody wants to get back to bff more than I do but it’s just not physically possible right now. please be patient, I seriously am working on it, I haven’t forgotten about it nor do I plan to give it up.
in the meantime I suggest reading tinf,the inheritors, brainchild, avialae, orjob satisfaction!! (just a few comics i’ve been interested in lately since some people sent messages asking for meantime-recs. in general this ask is a response to like 20 asks I’ve gotten recently so please anon don’t think i’m mad at you or jumping down your throat in particular!!! i love you all and really appreciate you want bff to update!)
The Freelancer's Guide to Imperial Contracts - By Tohm Schriver
War’s still going. That means more dead soldiers and Mandos. With the Hutts throwing in with the Republic, its a great time to be a merc. Empire’s hiring more, but it’s a high risk work environment. Here are a few tips to make sure your work is lucrative, long lasting, and that you aren’t murdered by your boss.
Mind your manners. Sith are the top of the food chain there.
Seriously mind your damn manners. It doesn’t matter if he’s a complete prick idiot, you call out a Sith and you can expect decapitation. Probably. Or lightning.
Sith have weird powers. Best way is to wear a helmet most of the time so they don’t see you make the appropriate faces when they do something impossible.
Mandalorians tend to be muscleheaded cult-minded idiots with a bunch of chest-thumping and ‘vod-ing’ left and right. Best to ignore them.
Avoid Vaiken Spacedock.
Convert your currency ahead of time. Imperial credits are the way to go. Ammo isn’t cheap and a lot of merchants there wont take anything other than sanctioned cash.
You’ll hear the word 'sanctioned’ a lot.
Upgrade your equipment. There’s plenty in the way of hardware in the Empire, and since they’re so industrious they have some quality pieces.
Be a professional. The place isn’t alien-friendly, and dont let the dancing girls fool you. Anything less than what the job calls for and you may as well pack your bags before a contract is drawn on you.
Make yourself invaluable. Know what the difference is between the Empire’s droids and mercenaries? Some are disposable, the others can be repaired. In their eyes at least. Be worth your pricetag.