going freelance

LOOK AT THIS.

LOOK AT THIS AND GASP IN WONDER.

The amazing @saladsnek made this for me and I am in love.

They recently took chibi and sketch commissions - I reblogged the post a week or two ago.  It was $5 for this masterpiece.  FIVE FREAKING DOLLARS.  WHY DO YOU NOT HAVE ONE YET BECAUSE YOU SHOULD.

Now excuse me, I’m going to grab my phone, sit on the couch and stare at this with shining eyes. If you need me any time in the next hour, that’s where I’ll be.

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Freelancing from home means I hardly leave the house… That being said I went out for the first time in a while and into the NYC no less.  Of course it’s also 94 degrees out…  I completely forget how to dress for this weather every year. HAHA.  I missed my “at home clothes” and I literally felt like I was just sweating forever. T~T I am not emotionally or mentally prepared for summer. Lol 

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as the years move on these questions take shape
are you getting stronger or is time shifting weight? (x)

( @wild-mare-of-prosecution I’m answering you like this because my reply feature isn’t working right now for some reason)

I literally JUST had this happen to me like two days ago.  The reposter outright refused to give me credit even after the moderator of the group asked them to, which was really confusing to me. (The mod got in touch with me to ask me what my repost policies were; I told them I allow reposts with proper credit). The comic ended up getting removed from the group, but the reposter still didn’t understand WHY I wanted credit.

For the most part, whenever I encounter my art without credit and I contact the reposter, I receive polite replies and apologies, followed by them crediting/tagging me.  But once in a while, there’s the odd person that JUST. DOESN’T. GET IT.  


Their claims:  

  1. You can read the signature, so credit is not necessary. 
  2. They weren’t claiming that they drew it themselves so they’re doing nothing wrong.
  3. What’s the big deal? Fanart gets shared without credit all the time.
  4. Artists who want credit are being stuck up and egotistical. <–(Yes, this is something that was actually said)
  5. It’s “just” a drawing, who cares? If THEY were the artist, they wouldn’t care or make a “big fuss” about it.  (HA. Somehow I doubt that


What I would like reposters to know:

  1. Just because you can read the signature doesn’t mean the viewer knows where to go visit the artist. Freelance artists who make money from commissions need the extra bump in popularity so more people will want to hire them. No visitors = no commissions = hungry artist.
  2. That’s right; the art does NOT belong to you.  That’s all the more reason to be respectful to the artist. So you should be a decent and polite person, and show appreciation the artist, who does fan art FOR FREE, IN THEIR SPARE TIME.  
  3. Just because other people do it doesn’t mean you should too. Some people don’t want their art outside of their websites because you never know how it’s going to be used, exploited, or monetized.
  4. You know how in art galleries or museums you see the artist’s name on a label/plaque next to the painting, even though you can see the signature? Giving proper credit is the same. Was Monet a stuck up egoist for signing his paintings and wanting to let others know he was the artist? What’s wrong with letting people know we’re the owner? It’s just a tiny thing I’m asking. It’s important to ME. That should be reason enough.
  5. It’s “just” a drawing to you, but to us artists, it’s more than that.  It’s a product of our hard work, the skills we have taken the time to practice and learn, and the passion we possess for something.  

i’m kinda obsessed with the idea of kaikana grif getting tex as an ai

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“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
– Mark Twain

It’s a very appropriate quote for this new month because I have a brand new start (and my tabula rasa of a bujo spread is symbolic of this, haha). I’m going to launch a freelance writing business! I also thought, “Be a voice, not an echo” was appropriate, too. I can’t wait to fill it out :)

dear budding freelance writers

first off: i’m not a lawyer. this is all accurate to my knowledge but i’m not formally educated or trained in most of this, i just work around it and pick some stuff up

look i’m currently suffocating under crushing debt so i was like ‘hey i’ll see if there are any magazines taking submissions’ cause i may or may not get chosen but at least its something i’d be doing anyway and timelines and genre restrictions never hurt a girl

i ended up on this page (upwork) looking for “ghostwriters” and it’s laughable to downright insulting.

such as: “Hello, I produce [REDACTED]. So if you are looking for a recurring job as a freelance writer you came to the right place! Here is what I need: Someone who can be a good researcher. Don’t plagiarize. All books are run through plagscan and copyscape. They need to be 100 percent original. Timeliness - The faster you produce these (with quality) the more jobs you will get. This job will be recurring if you do a good job. I will pay a maximum of $10 per 1000 words. Lastly, by accepting this job, I will own all the rights to the book. This includes characters, places etc. I own all the rights. Thank you!”

there were SO MANY OF THESE. look. i work in intellectual property for my day job. so here’s the thing: if you, a creative, does a “work for hire” agreement, like the one above, that means anything you produce under this agreement does not belong to you. you have effectively “sold” your intellectual property aka the story and all is defining characteristics - people, places, plot.

WORK FOR HIRE AGREEMENTS ARE NOT BAD! i see a lot of pushback against them on tumblr which is baffling to me because in the real world they’re how many creatives make money - by selling their creativity. with tv shows, for example, their characters and plots and what not do not belong to the creator of the show. they belong to the network of the show because they paid for them. writers of episodes don’t own the creative content of those episodes - the network does. because the writers are “work for hire” aka they’re getting paid specifically for their creative content.

work for hire agreements are usually the most advantageous when the payer is hiring the creator for the execution of a project rather than the creation of it. for example: hiring a writer to create a story out of a detailed outline, or an artist to draw something under strict specifications. the more creativity aka intellectual property the creator must generate and ultimately sell the rights too, the higher the pay should be for the work. (should. i’ve seen instances where pay is less but something else is gained - like different rights or credits - and that’s equally as acceptable as long as it’s what the creator wants. the creator should gain something equal to the value of what they are selling. obviously)

so the idea that $10 per 1000 words of pure original content is in any way shape or form acceptable is absolutely ridiculous. most literary magazines, which pay way more, get some form of publication rights but you the author retain all ownership rights. they’re not paying you for your intellectual property, only their right to display it without you suing them for infringing on your rights as a creator and owner of original content.

know your worth. know your value. i don’t know how many of these ridiculous ads actually get takers, but please do not answer any of them.

your ideas and writing and talent are worth more than pennies

Imagine Agent Florida knowing Sign Language. 

He knew how to use it long before he joined Project Freelancer and never really had a chance to use it for anything, but when Maine received the injury to his throat, Florida attempted to teach him how to use Sign Language so he could communicate. 

Wash decided that he wanted to learn too, but him and Maine lost focus within a few minutes of Florida trying to teach them, and the only thing the two of them got out of it was that Maine could now sign to people that Wash’s name was ‘Cat Man’, and Wash could sign that Maine was actually a Living Fishbowl

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Walk to the ends of the earth and you might just find yourself along the way. 

Masterlist ((Update))

* - New/Recent

M - mature

》TAEIL《

》HANSOL《

Memoir {Ongoing}

Prologue

》JOHNNY《

Sentimental {College!AU}{Complete}

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 (Final)

》TAEYONG《

》YUTA《

》KUN《

》DOYOUNG《

》TEN《

》JAEHYUN《

》WINWIN《

JUNGWOO

 YUKHEI

》MARK《

》RENJUN《

》JENO《

  • Bliss {First Kiss!Jeno}{request}

》HAECHAN《

》JAEMIN《

》CHENLE《

》JISUNG《

》MTL《

To make a pact with their best friend that if they’re not married by 30 they marry each other

》REACTIONS《

NCT U Reaction to you wearing a short skirt

NCT Dream Reaction to their girlfriend being an idol with many fans

》MOODBOARDS《

NSFW!Taeil Pink Moodboard

NSFW!Taeyong B&W Moodboard

Best Friend!Jaehyun B&W Moodboard

Best Friend!Mark Yellow Moodboard

The furry fandom saved my life.

It’s because of the furry fandom that I’m able to live my dream of being a freelance artist.

I grew up with the school system trying to box my creativity. Teachers told me to put my sketchbook away every time I took it out. Counselors laughed when I said I was going to be an artist. “It’s impossible” They say. “You’ll never make it,” They laugh. “When are you going to consider a real job?” They mock.

But I’m stubborn, and some may say defiant. I’ve hated school from the moment I stepped on campus in Kindergarten. So when I somehow chugged my way to senior year of high school, I knew I couldn’t make it through college. Four more years? No way. Mentally, I WOULDN’T do it.

But I was scared. I had no idea what to do with my life, and school loves to make it sound like college is the only option to be successful. I knew I needed to make money somehow, but I didn’t know how I was going to do that, while also balancing out my happiness and overall well-being. I used to come home every day and cry in the shower, wondering what in the hell I was going to “realistically” do with my life.

But deep down I knew what I wanted. I’ve always known, from the moment I picked up a pencil at two years old. I was a goddamn artist. I wouldn’t be happy in life doing anything else but creating. And the whole point in life is to find happiness, right?

So the last semester of my senior year of high school, I took a leap of faith and opened up furry commissions. I saw many other notable artists had been really successful at it, so why couldn’t I?

I finally mustered up the courage to post my commission prices on FurAffinity in January 2016, and the feedback was incredible. I remember making my first $15 and feeling OVER THE MOON. I remember when my queue was filled for the first time, and I thought: This is possible. And from that moment, I’ve only gotten stronger. ALL to the thanks of the furry fandom, whose consumers have the biggest appreciation of the arts I’ve ever encountered in my life.

With an audience that grows each and every day, I just want to let you know how much I care. How much this means to me. Art is my job, yes. But it’s not ONLY my job. It’s my driving force in life and my main source of happiness.

So I just want to let you know how much I appreciate every encouraging word, every dollar, every fanart, every ounce of support I receive. The furry fandom  has allowed me to comfortably pursue my art career. It’s given me a second family. It’s given me the opportunity to live my life in a way that I only thought possible in a dream. So is it an exaggeration to say it’s saved my life?

Absolutely not.

And I’m incredibly grateful for the furry fandom. So thank you.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And to all the aspiring artists out there who want to go freelance. You can do it. You CAN. And if you pursue it, you WILL get there. It’s hard work and takes a lot of self-management, but it is SO rewarding and SO worth it.