Thursday June 20th is National Freelancer’s Day. I was delighted to be asked by Director of Mindstream, Liza Horan, to participate in her event in Edinburgh, which takes place on Thursday next week.
It’s for all folks who work as freelancers, it’s about the challenges and obstacles you encounter as a freelancer and how to overcome them.
All info and tickets here …
Facebook Event page https://www.facebook.com/events/2288065234749874/
Eventbrite (book tickets) National Freelancer’s Day
I’ll be taking part in a video where I chat to Liza about the experiences I’ve had as a freelance artist (I’ll share it in the next few days here) and I’m displaying the paintings above as part of the event as bijoux examples of my landscape paintings!
They will cost just £25 each (including easels), so if you like the look of them be sure to arrive early at the event. (I’ll also have 5×5″,signed/ limited edition giclee prints available at the event).
The event will be a live panel discussion with invited freelancers Adam Brewster, Claire Colston and David Thomas-Wright who’ll be discussing the challenges they’ve encountered as freelancers, followed by a Q+A and chance to meet folks.
The event will be held at the Black Ivy Hotel in leafy Bruntsfield, Edinburgh (map on links above).
If, like me, you tend to think such things veer towards corporate, or involve tense meetings with people you’d not normally spend your time of day with, fear not! I know this will be a warm, human and interesting event, which is why I was keen to take part.
It’s going to be an honest sharing of the experiences and challenges you encounter as a freelancer – whatever your area of expertise. I’ve known Liza Horan for some time and much appreciate her warm, genuine personality as well as grounded, practical experience and advice.
Liza was a writer for the New York Times, then in recent years became a digital strategy consultant which, put simply, means she advises organisations on how to present themselves in the (increasingly overwhelming!) world of social media and presentation.
If you’re a freelancer yourself you probably know the challenges; what to charge, feeling a bit isolated, the fact that as an individual you don’t attract funding and must rely on your own efforts to promote your work, or the efforts of (in my case) art galleries, in a world that’s changing from real-life buying in actual places (shops, galleries etc) to online commerce. For me it’s become very much a collaborative process of mutual promotion with galleries.
So it’s challenging for everyone – business owners and individual freelancers. I know that I want to continue showing my work with galleries I respect and trust, but I also know I have to promote, which doesn’t come entirely naturally to most people, including myself!
If you’re a freelancer, from any area of work, and are in Edinburgh or nearby next Thursday, book a ticket on the links below, and I hope to see you there!