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    How To Handle Creative Disasters

    How To Handle Creative Disasters
    Hello, Dr. Maisel: Last week I finished a painting and it was an unmitigated disaster. There was nothing about it I liked! Do you have any hints for dealing with situations like this where the thing you just finished is a complete wreck? -Raphael J., San Francisco Thanks, Raphael. [gate] [widget:inarticlebulleted_interview] If you had high hopes for your current painting and ...
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    8 Tips for Keeping Your Art Portfolio Fresh

    8 Tips for Keeping Your Art Portfolio Fresh
    Art is always evolving — constantly developing with the help of world and social trends, new technologies and so much more. As artists, we must keep up with these changes. Not only because our passion necessitates new ideas and new inspirations, but also because the artwork we previously thought to be finished, might now look painfully incomplete — such is the ...
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    Six Tips to Becoming a Craft Show Superstar

    Six Tips to Becoming a Craft Show Superstar
    In an age where consumers have become as comfortable with e-commerce as they have with e-mail, the prospect of maintaining a presence in the physical marketplace can be lost on many a creative entrepreneur. But being physically present at a local craft show, arts and crafts festival, or business forum can be what sets your craft-brand-business apart from the competition. Even ...
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    Tricks to Pulling Off a Successful Open Studio

    Tricks to Pulling Off a Successful Open Studio
    Anytime can be a great time to do an open studio. Anytime is a great time to recharge your studio practice. And knowing you have a bunch of people coming over to see your work is a great motivator to finish some projects that may have languished. [widget:inarticlebulleted_making_money] The first thing to consider when putting together an open studio is where ...
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    Best Workplace Designs for Freelancers

    Best Workplace Designs for Freelancers
    When it comes to freelance, usually freelancers work from home (unless you're a lucky designer who has his/her own office space). Either way, whether you're designing from home or an office space, the workplace you design in should be spot where all your artistic imaginations can flow freely. Make the choice between working from home (literally in an office room) or ...
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    20 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting a New Job

    20 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting a New Job
    Woo hoo! You got a job offer. Way to go. But before you jump at the opportunity, I recommend taking a few minutes to really evaluate the position and how well it meets your needs. You see, when searching for a job, many people get anxious. The process is so slow and stressful; they end up accepting the first decent offer ...
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    How to Expertly Turn Down a Design Job

    How to Expertly Turn Down a Design Job
    A first response to this question may be, “Why would you think of turning down a job in this economy?” Some might say this falls into the “nice-problem-to-have category” — But how do you turn down a job without negatively impacting your reputation or the impression it may leave with the potential client? The number one rule to remember when turning ...
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    Money, Taxes and Contracts for Freelancers

    Money, Taxes and Contracts for Freelancers
    Whether you’re a designer, painter or illustrator, you probably started freelancing because you wanted to make things. Maybe it’s websites or plein air landscapes or billboards on the highway. But if you don’t want to find yourself scrambling for a full-time job, you need to realize that you have a title even more important than the one on your website: small ...
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    Why and How to Start a Freelance Career

    Why and How to Start a Freelance Career
    As a design writer, I’ve talked with tons of graphic designers over the years, and I’d be hard pressed to name one who hasn’t taken on a freelance project at one point or another. But before you dive into those ranks, you need to figure out why you’re doing freelance in the first place and how you’re going to get started. ...
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    Avoiding Mistakes as a Graphic Design Freelancer

    Avoiding Mistakes as a Graphic Design Freelancer
    None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes sometimes. When we get in the graphic design business and start freelancing or even working for our own firm, the potential for business mistakes can increase significantly. I've thought about this and want to give you 5 of the most serious mistakes, in my opinion, that can occur. The 5 Mistakes 1. ...
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    Freelance Advice from a Creative Director

    Freelance Advice from a Creative Director
    Monster Creative Director Sean Miner's Secrets As an award-winning Creative Director with over 13 years experience, I have tons of tales about “when things go wrong.” Rather than pick one, I thought it’d be helpful to share some pointers with those brave souls who dare to freelance: Be Creative at Business Creative work can be fun and interesting, plus it sounds ...
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    The 411 on Freelancing for Artists

    The 411 on Freelancing for Artists
    Cubicle life just isn't for you, is it? You're not alone. There are a lot of freelance artists out there — approximately 63% of artists work as freelancers. Life as a freelancer sure sounds glamorous — the free time, the independence, and the flexibility are all yours for the taking. But there are also scary aspects too, like falling prey to ...
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    6 Interview Must-Haves for Creative Freelancers

    6 Interview Must-Haves for Creative Freelancers
    Now that I’m underemployed and juggling multiple jobs (herein referred to as “freelancing”), a whole new set of rules are in play. This week, for example, I learned that the interview process for freelancers is not what I’m used to; this is not your grandma’s office interview. For starters, they’re not called interviews – they're called meetings. Second, they don't take ...
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    The Best Place to Locate Your Freelance Design Business

    The Best Place to Locate Your Freelance Design Business
    Have you ever thought about how the city you live in affects your freelance design business? If you are like most freelance designers, you have probably fantasized about making it big in the industry. You may have seen advertising and design glamorized on television shows like Mad Men or Trust Me. You may have even thought about moving to Chicago or ...
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    Creating Commissioned Work as an Artist

    Creating Commissioned Work as an Artist
    Commissioned Work Clients commission an artist for one main reason: They want a work that is in someway personalized. Whether it is a portrait of a family member or a rendition of a landscape — the work holds personal significance. The best way to acquire a commission? Find interested clients already familiar with your work. This way you’ll have a better ...
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    Your Guide to Freelancing Success

    [photo:290325] Deciding whether or not to freelance full-time after graduation is a decision that most designers face. Working as a freelancer certainly has a lot of benefits; being your own boss, working from home, and setting your own schedule are some of the perks that freelancers like to brag about, but freelancers will also complain about how hard it can be. ...
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    Freelancers: Beat Work-Alone Loneliness

    Freelancers: Beat Work-Alone Loneliness
    When I first started doing the freelance "graphic design":http://artbistro.monster.com/careers/articles/107-what-to-expect-from-a-career-in-graphic-design gig a while back, I thought to myself, "Great! I can work alone and not be bothered by other people!" Being somewhat an isolationist anyway, this prospect appealed to me very much. With the advances in Internet and wireless communication, it was even better. I was able to do my work on ...
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