Geez it’s hard to get motivated to get work done when your head feels stuffed with sand, your nose feels like someone else’s and you can’t get used to letting your mouth hang open like some sort of drugged up zombie.
You stare at something for way too long just trying to work out how to start. Normally this shit takes five minutes to conceive but with the flu fairy sprinkling dumb-dust all over you, you can’t even remember where you left your pen tool! You’ve spoken to the client three times to buy more time and he’s worried youre just taking the piss to bump up your hours.
Running your own business is fucking hard enough without having to take time off to be sick or have your computer fail on you. The flu is the worst though cos you seem to have the capacity to understand that the Avatar is a living organism that is carrying a human, militant, host who eventually has empathy for a species of bright blue, half naked, extra terrestrials but you can’t put a cup of tea together.
Sometimes you just sit on your couch and post meaningless shit on your Tumblr blog cos you’ve simply given up the idea of doing work for the day.
Skills acquired? check! Business name registered? Check! Logo designed? Check! Happy with it? Hmmmmm um check….ish Clients flowing in by the truckload?…..
Yeah right. The answer is NO there arent a million people banging down my door looking to hire me for my mad design and creative skills however there are PLENTY of people who want their wedding invites designed for free… phuck off is the general response to that even though I generally end up doing it. I hate the fact that any knuckle-head can download a cracked version of the entire Adobe Creative Suite, play with some of standard effects, add a drop shadow to everything and then hey presto! They’re a designer who operates at 50 cents an hour! These cowboys are making it hard for the rest of us who only rely on Adobe as a tool - not the source of their talent. These cowboys are cheapening the industry and their work is apparent wherever you look.
Its made worse by the fact that there are freelance sites where you can bid for work but you’re bidding against people in lower socio economic nations where $50 for a 64 page book is a fucking great deal! So what do you do? Well THIS budding freelancer is going down the street crime route. Like Banksy, I’ve decided to build a name for my agency by adding my brand at a street level. Its time for Mr Bill Posters to pop up his cheap monochromatic head…
Slipping out from under the seatbelt in a speeding car and opening the door, nearly falling to the road, getting dragged back in and then getting yelled at. Clearly this is before child seats were mandatory :-)