Working in freelance in the Creative Media Sector Working in freelance in the Creative Media Sector

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Working in freelance in the Creative Media Sector - PPT Presentation

Working freelance Its a substitute of being selfemployed and offering business services to multiple clients at a time Advantages 1Affordable If you have the ability to provide the services that is required you also have whatever equipment or software you need to deliver it Eventuall ID: 614792

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Working in freelance in the Creative Media Sector

Working freelance: It’s a substitute of being self-employed and offering business services to multiple clients at a time


1.AffordableIf you have the ability to provide the services that is required, you also have whatever equipment or software you need to deliver it. Eventually you'll want to invest in business building tools, such as a website, but using LinkedIn (which is free) is a great online resume that can help you promote your service.2. Choose your own scheduleWork when and where you want.3. Do the work the way you see fit While you need to deliver what the client asks, how the work is done is up to you.4. Get started quicklyYou can start any time. As long as you already know the skill you plan to offer, getting started is simply a matter of finding your first client.


1.Work can be irregular

Many freelancers experience a flow in their work. You need to plan for lean times, and be ready to work hard to deliver work on-time when work is a lot.

2.Pay may be low to start out

Especially in today's digital economy, many people expect to pay less for work from a new freelancer. Breaking in with lower costs may be needed, but as quickly as possible, seek to charge what you're worth and find clients willing to pay for quality.Slide2

My media production skills (Photography)

In the specialism of ‘Director’ / ‘Photography the types that are valid in the media sector are to work independently and to cover yourself from bottom to top . For e.g. we have war photography, wedding photography , wildlife photography, fashion photography, fine art photography, etc. These type of work withhold an amount of

$17k to $63k at their average earnings (depending on their type freelancing).

These types of work exclude a big amount of time to put into work and what it requires in this role is: being creative, having good eye for a picture, having excellent technical and photographic skills. Most foremost having good communication skills, especially with computer programs such as Photoshop. Mainly freelance photographers spend time building their businesses and reputations. For those in full-time work, there are limited opportunities for promotion as photography departments tend to be small. Press photographers can become picture editors, and some freelancers also teach part time.Slide3

Equipment, workspace, finance and timeframe

In this specialism of work what is needed (Equipment) are high tech equipment's for e.g. a digital camera, extra lenses, memory cards and flash-kit.

When it comes to workspace you’ll be buyers at the first stage of your workspace at what you do. It doesn't matter what kind of buyers you'll be dealing with. They'll want to see your photography portfolio. If you're like most photographers, you probably don't lack for work that could go into your portfolio, but buyers are busy people. They only have time to view your very best

work. In the photography world, the word “portfolio” can mean two things: It's the physical book that you bring to a meeting with an advertising agency art director or the photo editor at a magazine and it's that thing that lives on your website or blog.On the other hand when it comes to financial grounds, you’ll be earning £10,00 in your first year as a freelance photographer. If you work hard and can turn one job into two more, you’ll soon earn more. You can easily end up with a wage between £30,000 and £70,000 (Depending how your work is).To fit yourself into the right time-frame of working for others or others working with you; you’ll be bound to charge by time, typically by the day. However the photographer is the owner of the intellectual property in the work, and while the day rate charged includes an initial license for reproducing the photographs, the commission fee in fact represents the figure below which a photographer is not prepared or cannot afford to work. But if it was me to charge; I would start at around £400 per day before production charges and expenses.Slide4

Requirements / Health & Safety

The special requirements a photographer needs; is to have artistic and creative abilities to capture images. Having technical abilities

with a wide range of photographic equipment and technologies. Having a keen eye for detail. Good communication and people skills. Most importantly having good

time management skills with the abilities to meet tight deadlines; which that is your first priority of managing your schedules when you are working as a freelancer.Contributions that I can make in a media industry is to provide services of my own to take event photography, which typically means taking photos at weddings, parties, graduations, and other special events. More so specializing in portrait photography, I’ll be taking photos of individuals, which often means families, children, and even pets. Commercial and product photography can be something I can contribute; which usually involves taking photos of products, properties, and other items to help a business market themselves. News photography can be a lead to events and people. While it can be an exciting job, it’s extremely difficult to break into the field as freelancer if you don't have previous experience.

On the health & safety side statistics show that

every year approximately 2000 office workers are absent from work for more than three days due to workplace

accidents. Imagine how many workers get into accidents that are freelancers.

In a workplace or in a freelance zone you’ll be able to undertake anything that can avoid any accidents or to harm others when it comes to health & safety. It is important because:

It is important to reduce

business costs creates productive work environments


It is important because you can improve your

business profile with customers, clients, insurers, enforcers etc


It is important because it can cut absenteeism

It is important that you become

more efficientSlide5


Why to have contracts? Because it sets the rules of engagement, which what

is acceptable by both parties, and how to resolve possible conflicts. It’s a clearly written contract which will eliminate most future/possible miscommunications between you, the photographer, and the client.

We have two types of contracts when working as a freelance. We have an Oral agreement contract and reason being is that it will be very hard to prove anything in case dispute. Oral agreement contract is also possible with longstanding clients but it’s never recommended. The other type of contract is Letter of agreement (contract) which it just includes the scope of work, time-line and payment terms.We have other contracts which are very common in working as a photographer as a freelancer. There are:1.Model release: this is when signing the document it grants the rights to the model’s image as specified.2.Photo session agreement: this legal document was originally a legal contract between a photographer and a major recording artist. The photography professional was hired by the record label to take pictures of the artist for a print publication.3.Liscense of rights for photography: is a simple agreement in which a professional photographer grants

a legal license to a client for non-electronic rights for pictures.

The commissioning process will start by convincing the

client that a project demands original photography rather than stock




the usage and rights that

the client

needs, not any more or less



foremost I try to

Bring sketches or rough layouts

for the shoot for the client to visualize the shoots before the starting. Slide6


Being a freelancer, regardless of the sector, is a challenging task. With the burden of it all being on your shoulders, it is up to you to manage every element of your work in order to develop your career. Every penny counts when working for

yourself. Knowing how to operate in the most organized and cost effective manner when self-employed can pay dividends in the long run. The things you might face in the long run are:

1.Invoices2.Taxes3.Loss statement4. The cash flowThe advantages:Higher salary, less expenses / if I want to charge more, I can do it. If I feel I’m not making enough per hour,

I can change my

hourly rate, or charge per project. No more asking


boss for a raise. With no travel costs, smart work clothes or daily bought lunches, as a freelancer


save a lot of money too


The disadvantages:

Lack of

Benefits /


an independent contractor,


not receive employer-provided benefits such as vacation pay,

and health insurance. Sick

time is non-existent

and professional

liability insurance can be costly.Late pay / Just as it’s frustrating to be offered less than I am worth for products and services, it’s upsetting to encounter a client who pays late.