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FREELANCE ARTIST, IN-DEPTH: I Really Enjoy The Creative Process

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Brittany, a freelance artist, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. She tells us that she realized that she wanted to be a freelance artist when she realized that she really enjoyed the creative process and constantly being part of new projects.

Degree: Computer Animation
Job Title: Freelance Artist
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Multimedia Artists and Animators

Job Description

Multimedia artists and animators create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other media. They create two- and three-dimensional models and animation.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Some animation studios have their own software and computer applications that they use to create films. They give workers on-the-job training to use this software. Animators may be hired for a probationary period while they prove that they have the skills and talent to become a permanent employee.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$30,000 - $100,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Long hours, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Artistic, Technical skills, Strength/stamina, People skills, Likes working with hands

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<span m='25060'>it's what</span> <span m='25220'>you</span> <span m='25350'>love,</span> <span m='25790'>not</span> <span m='25990'>because</span> <span m='26280'>it's</span> <span m='26390'>easy.</span> <span m='28700'>It's not</span> <span m='28770'>like</span> <span m='28940'>a</span> <span m='29020'>typical</span> <span m='29390'>office</span> <span m='29780'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='30700'>A</span> <span m='30820'>key</span> <span m='31010'>realization</span> <span m='31620'>I had</span> <span m='31930'>with</span> <span m='32070'>myself</span> <span m='32520'>is</span> <span m='32840'>that</span> <span m='33140'>I</span> <span m='33230'>really</span> <span m='33530'>just</span> <span m='33800'>enjoy</span> <span m='34250'>the</span> <span m='34400'>creative</span> <span m='34740'>process.</span> <span m='36770'>Being</span> <span m='36970'>part</span> <span m='37260'>of</span> <span m='37420'>a</span> <span m='37530'>development,</span> <span m='38900'>as</span> <span m='39110'>a</span> <span m='39180'>freelance</span> <span m='39570'>artist,</span> <span m='39850'>you</span> <span m='40100'>constantly</span> <span m='40420'>are</span> <span m='40740'>with</span> <span m='40950'>new</span> <span m='41130'>projects,</span> <span m='41730'>so</span> <span m='42770'>you're</span> <span m='43580'>trying</span> <span m='43840'>to</span> <span m='43900'>figure</span> <span m='44110'>out</span> <span m='44200'>other</span> <span m='44400'>people's</span> <span m='44760'>processes</span> <span m='45470'>all</span> <span m='45720'>the</span> <span m='45810'>time.</span> <span m='46290'>And</span> <span m='46780'>it's</span> <span m='46960'>really,</span> <span m='47280'>really</span> <span m='47760'>awesome</span> <span m='49070'>to</span> <span m='49610'>collaborate</span> <span m='50120'>with</span> <span m='50260'>people</span> <span m='50560'>in such</span> <span m='50875'>a</span> <span m='51190'>way,</span> <span m='51570'>always</span> <span m='53754'>getting</span> <span m='54205'>new</span> <span m='54656'>places.</span> </p><p><span m='56010'>Is it</span> <span m='56110'>hard</span> <span m='56320'>to get</span> <span m='56590'>work in</span> <span m='56650'>this</span> <span m='56880'>field?</span> <span m='57360'>Well,</span> <span m='59190'>I</span> <span m='59280'>would</span> <span m='59450'>say</span> <span m='59770'>that</span> <span m='59930'>it</span> <span m='60000'>can</span> <span m='60300'>be.</span> <span m='60600'>If</span> <span m='60830'>you're</span> <span m='60990'>willing</span> <span m='61350'>to</span> <span m='61420'>put</span> <span m='61600'>yourself</span> <span m='61960'>out</span> <span m='62150'>there</span> <span m='62400'>and</span> <span m='62630'>put</span> <span m='62790'>everything</span> <span m='63240'>you</span> <span m='63350'>have</span> <span m='63600'>into</span> <span m='63790'>it,</span> <span m='64590'>it can</span> <span m='64830'>really</span> <span m='65239'>reward</span> <span m='65554'>you,</span> <span m='65870'>but</span> <span m='66110'>it's</span> <span m='66400'>not</span> <span m='66580'>something</span> <span m='66910'>you</span> <span m='67020'>can</span> <span m='67200'>just</span> <span m='67660'>laze</span> <span m='67820'>about</span> <span m='69620'>and</span> <span m='70770'>take</span> <span m='70970'>your</span> <span m='71070'>time</span> <span m='71430'>doing.</span> <span m='71660'>You</span> <span m='71790'>really</span> <span m='72030'>need</span> <span m='72200'>to</span> <span m='72280'>just</span> <span m='72650'>put</span> <span m='72790'>everything</span> <span m='73260'>out</span> <span m='73430'>there.</span> <span m='73930'>Be</span> <span m='74070'>really</span> <span m='74360'>passionate.</span> <span m='75380'>Meet</span> <span m='75670'>people.</span> <span m='76080'>Don't</span> <span m='76270'>let</span> <span m='76380'>yourself</span> <span m='76680'>be</span> <span m='76790'>shy.</span> <span m='78560'>Break</span> <span m='78770'>into</span> <span m='79040'>it</span> <span m='79385'>with</span> <span m='80120'>force.</span> </p><p><span m='81470'>My</span> <span m='81870'>work</span> <span m='82090'>life</span> <span m='82300'>balance</span> <span m='82640'>is</span> <span m='82860'>pretty--</span> <span m='83805'>it</span> <span m='84160'>fluctuates</span> <span m='84730'>a</span> <span m='84860'>lot.</span> <span m='85870'>I</span> <span m='86030'>try</span> <span m='86370'>to</span> <span m='86470'>always</span> <span m='86820'>put</span> <span m='87020'>time</span> <span m='87400'>in</span> <span m='87670'>for</span> <span m='87770'>personal</span> <span m='88290'>things,</span> <span m='89030'>different</span> <span m='89330'>things</span> <span m='89510'>that</span> <span m='89600'>make</span> <span m='89760'>you</span> <span m='89830'>happy.</span> <span m='90250'>You</span> <span m='90450'>cannot</span> <span m='90850'>create</span> <span m='91200'>a</span> <span m='91260'>vacuum.</span> 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<span m='105920'>and</span> <span m='106020'>it's</span> <span m='106190'>extremely</span> <span m='106710'>overwhelming.</span> <span m='107440'>But</span> <span m='108920'>once</span> <span m='109080'>you</span> <span m='109430'>pull</span> <span m='109650'>through,</span> <span m='109860'>you</span> <span m='110030'>learn</span> <span m='110260'>from</span> <span m='110430'>those</span> <span m='110620'>experiences,</span> <span m='111260'>and then</span> <span m='111510'>you</span> <span m='111580'>know</span> <span m='111780'>what</span> <span m='112490'>you</span> <span m='112640'>can</span> <span m='112770'>handle,</span> <span m='113140'>and</span> <span m='113220'>what</span> <span m='113400'>you</span> <span m='113480'>need</span> <span m='113690'>to</span> <span m='113780'>do</span> <span m='113960'>to</span> <span m='114050'>balance</span> <span m='114370'>yourself.</span> 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