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Freelance Multitasking From Hell: The Blog?

Joe-Wallace-Vinyl-Collector-and-authorby Joe Wallace

Sigrid Macdonald’s post this week about multi-tasking resonated with me in a major way because I’m about to dive headfirst into multi-tasking hell. Earlier this year I went round and round with a decision about going back to school and finally decided to take the plunge and dive into the Recording Arts For Film program at Tribeca Flashpoint Media Academy in Chicago.

The TFA program features an immersive, hands-on approach, and it’s not your traditional pick-your-classes-and-attend-when-it’s-convenient schoolhouse. Instead, your schedule is chosen for you based on your career choices and you put in an eight hour day. Which necessitates me having a night shift for freelance work.

Yes, I decided to stay freelance with my current work load, keeping all my current clients, shifting my work to the evening hours instead of first thing in the morning the way I’m used to working.

I won’t accept any new projects after Saturday, when the first official TFA event happens (a student/faculty mixer, but official nonetheless), but my current clients will never notice any difference in deliverables, quality of work, etc.

How do I know? Well, it’s simple really–I’ve done all this before. AND worked a second job on top of it. None of my clients ever realized I was doing anything BUT working on their projects. And that is the way I like it. It’s as it should be.

All this is terribly self-promotional–or at least it sounds it–but there’s a reason why I share any/all of this. I’m going to be blogging about the whole experience here as it unfolds. I may have done this before, but there are always new lessons to be learned, especially when you’re multi-tasking at such a type-A workaholic level. It can be done. In my case, it WILL be done…and I’ll write about it all here on top of everything else.

A freelancer’s most important asset is his or her flexibility. If you can’t bend with the circumstances, your skills are pretty much useless in terms of earning a decent living. You might be able to scrape by with a rigid, uncompromising approach to your work, but you’ll never get off the treadmill unless you can master the Judo of freelancing.

And that’s what I intend to explore once again in my experiences at TFA, in addition to all the film audio work I’ll be doing and learning. Foley, field recording, sound effects, game audio design, dialogue looping, post-production…a whole universe of sound and plenty of opportunities for a freelancer to move ahead in a different–but related–field.

In fact, even before classes start, I’ve found some interesting freelance fodder in the textbooks. One entire textbook is a guide for audio engineers on how to carve out a career as a self-employed person. Substitute your discipline of choice–writing, editing, marketing, coding–and this book still resonates. I’ll be running a review of it in the near future, but for now, suffice it to say that my journey begins here, on the threshold. I’m happy to bring you along for the ride.

Joe Wallace is a writer, editor, multi-media visual artist, and now a student again. He may be the only one in his classes outside the faculty who remembers Gerald Ford as President, but at least he still has most of his knee cartilage. For now. Wallace blogs about multi-media production and indie film making at www.now-sound.com and vinyl records at www.turntabling.net.

Calling Freelance Videographers

freelance videographers

by Joe Wallace

One area we haven’t covered much of on Freelance-Zone.com is the world of freelance videography. Many freelance video professionals offer writing services as well as video shooting, editing, location scouting, and much more. If you are a freelancer working in video, we’d love to hear from you.

Freelance video pros–especially those who work on scripts as well as behind the camera and editing decks–have many of the same issues and concerns as freelance writers and print editors. The ever-changing nature of the business, the move to online media as a viable career option apart from bricks-n-mortar operations, how digital affects value of services rendered and pay scales, and the growing pool of freelance competition…you name it.

Having worked in television for Air Force News Agency, and doing online media for plenty of clients and employers, to me the only real difference between my work with and for video-centric clients and other work I’ve done as a writer, editor, proofreader, and consultant is the physical and technological nature of the gigs. Video work is more physically demanding, but I find the creative processes move along the same lines–at least for me.

But for some reason, video freelancers seem to be less visible online–Googling the phrase “freelance video blogs” returns as many writers as videographers. That’s what prompted this mostly rambling blog post–I was searching for an old colleague of mine who was active as a freelance videographer for a time…but couldn’t locate him. And then the wheels started turning.

So fellow video folks, please come out of the woodwork and say hello here—I’d love to know what you’re up to as a freelancer and offer a guest post or two–we would love to get your perspective on life as a self-employed freelancer. Share your experiences with us!

Joe Wallace is a Chicago based editor, writer, freelance social media manager, and PR consultant with credits that include a 13-year career as a reporter and editor for Air Force News Agency. He also does social media management for VALoans.com, and has worked as a web editor for Motorola. While he currently does work in video occasionally for his own projects, he is only available at the present time for writing, editing, and social media assignments. Contact him for rates and other details by e-mail: jwallace(at) freelance-zone (dot) com.

Top 10 Freelance Job Tips

freelance writingby Joe Wallace

It’s totally misleading to headline this post by pretending to offer you advice on landing a freelance job, because I’m not going to tell you what to do. I’m starting to develop an aversion to the Ten Commandments style of freelance advice posts–probably because I’m one of the worst offenders with that particular technique.

Instead, I’m just going to tell you what’s worked for me.  And by “worked” I mean these techniques have landed me everything from small writing jobs paying under $20 per assignment to gigs writing for Wal-Mart and Shopping.AOL.com. I’ve used the same strategies for five-dollar music review gigs and $70K + per year freelance editing jobs.

That’s not a typo.

Here’s what I do: Continue reading Top 10 Freelance Job Tips

Editors Only

Don’t ask me how this one escaped my attention all this time, but I finally stumbled on Editors Only. This is a print publication with a high subscription price, and I haven’t read the print mag so I can’t vouch for the contents. In today’s market, the EO business model seems risky to me, but if they’ve got a following I say more power to ’em.

What most FZ readers will like this site for is the classifieds section. There is a help wanted section AND a professional services section and you can post to it for free. Newcomers to freelancing take note, I strongly suggest reading the other ads before you decide to post. This classified section is full of credentialed professionals, and if you’re short on published clips and experience, do yourself a favor and look longingly at this one, but wait until you have a stronger resume before posting. The heavy-hitters on this site are tough for a newcomer to compete with.