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Agency v freelance. Better pay, better work or better life?

Years back it was said that creative people that chose to go freelance were either too old to be considered for full-time employment or simply not good enough to cut it in a top agency. In those days, I’m going back to the 80’s here, the...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Workshop

5 healthy freelance habits to keep even after the pandemic

Freelancers had an interesting year. Alongside events and production, the freelance industry was the most hit and the one that took some of the hardest blows - especially when certain governments started to ignore their needs. With the wave of...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

10 ways to fend off freelance loneliness in 2021

Happy new year, freelancers! Surely 2020 has been an interesting one for all of you, in both good and bad ways. After an initial discouraging time of radio silence and cancelled projects, it seems that some clients are finally starting to come back,...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Behind the life of a video editing contractor - #MemberSpotlight

If you thought getting into the film industry was a bit challenging, wait until you hear the story of Joshua Teicher. In the mid-'90s, before the era of the Internet took place and at the dawn of the information age, Joshua fell in love with cinema...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Talking life and contrast with film director Brendan Beachman

Few professionals know the value of contrast like film director Brendan Beachman - and it's not just a simple word play. Brendan started as a production assistant right after graduating in film studies, then moved to be an office PA at a reality TV...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

3 golden rules for being a better freelance partner

Freelancers (like you) are increasingly becoming an integral part of the modern business environment. Technology and collaboration tools allow people to work from anywhere and communicate with anyone, at any time, all over the world. And online...

Posted by: OpenText Hightail
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Leaders

Visions in VR: Could the VR successor to Second Life be dangerous?

As VR began its steady shift into the mainstream a few years back, the first thing that professional scaremongers (the ones who like to ruin everything for everyone) latched onto was the idea of the children of tomorrow shunning the real world in...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

Meet the man who built a life-sized Star Wars AT-AT in his back garden

Whilst some Star Wars fans (myself included as a matter of fact) might have marked their love of the franchise by buying their tickets to Rogue One weeks ago, others (or one at the very least) have decided to build their very own gigantic Star Wars...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

AKQA launch a Christmas card that comes to life by voice

With the proliferation of modern distractions like mobile phones, tablets and games consoles demanding the face time of children across the world, the simple, elegant art of the children’s book has been all but lost in the mobile era, which is...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

Tatty Devine brings glorious life to the walls at Royal London Hospital

We've all undoubtedly and unfortunately had to spend some time in hospital at one point or another, and whilst the staff generally do their best to make our stays as palatable as possible, the buildings themselves are often drab and unwelcoming. To...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Workshop

Going freelance? We wrote the book

Going freelance: being your own boss, working flexibly, and taking charge in an industry you love. For many creative types, successful self-employment is the dream. As companies realise the benefits of outsourcing projects, the opportunity to...

Posted by: Interactive Design Institute
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Leaders

We Believers design edible beer packaging to save marine life

I love beer. I love almost everything about it. I love it's eclectic nature, the community behind it, the fact you can have more than a few without dissolving into a raving loon, and the hoppy, bitter taste that lingers in your mouth just long enough...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

Real life Crystal Maze to open in London next year!

Of all the annual Christmas specials, the one that always made my heart sing as a youngster were the Crystal Maze specials, where a group of hapless adults were replaced by a group of equally hapless children. It gave me a giddy thrill to see kids...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Workshop

Training courses: just a day of your life that you won't get back?

It's Monday morning. Email hell beckons. I've got my Creativepool blog to write but I do also need to try and whittle down the daily glut of Groupons, StumbleUpons, Voucherclouds, More Groupons, and LinkedIn's “congratulate Billy-Bob on his new...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Workshop

Top five to-do items for the freelance 2015 list

Hello and happy new diet to you. No? Happy new gym membership, maybe. Not that either? Happy new I’m-only-drinking-alcohol-at-the-weekend. Getting warmer? Or perhaps the number one aim in the Land of You is get a happy new job. If so, good...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Leaders

WCRS and Now TV bring The Walking Dead to life!

To celebrate the return of the perpetually popular zombie-drama series The Walking Dead, the 5th season of which debuts tonight on the FOX channel in the UK, creative agency WCRS and the internet television service Now TV have teamed up to bring the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

McCann Erickson bring little joys to life with a new Coca-Cola campaign

Coca-Cola has teamed up with global McCann Erickson World Group advertising agency and esteemed director Anurag Kashyap to launch a new campaign in India that seeks to give a refreshing twist to the brand image in the region. The 'Choti ho ya badi,...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Workshop

How much should I charge as a freelance 3D Artist?

A guide to 3D modelling and illustration rates, with tips and advice from experienced professionals in the industry 3D artists shape reality to build the products, characters and worlds for all of us to dive into. Be it a commercial artist, a...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Workshop

How much should I charge as a freelance musician/composer?

A guide to freelance music composition rates, with tips and advice from experienced professionals in the industry Musicians and composers set the mood of the stories we love and cherish the most in our hearts. Without musicians, horror films would...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Workshop

How much should I charge as a freelance illustrator?

A guide to freelance illustration rates, with tips and advice from experienced professionals in the industry Illustrators are the makers of dreams. By combining art, design and creative skills, illustrators work to produce original images for a wide...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Forging ahead as a director in the freelance industry - #MemberSpotlight

How do you make the jump from a car manufacturer to freelance filmmaking? Will Riddell, freelance director and producer, might know a thing or two about that. Having worked for some years in APA production, Will set up his own company in 2017 to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inside the life of a NBC News Producer – #MemberSpotlight

From Tokyo to London and a career in journalism, you can tell that Simeon Paterson has travelled far and wide. Perhaps that's even where his passion for journalism comes from - and we wouldn't be surprised. Journalism is an art, and it can be a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Behind the Idea: How the Sainsbury's 2020 Christmas Ads came to life

Six years ago, Sainsbury's made one of the most unforgettable and compelling ads in the history of advertising. 1914 is quite easily one of the best Christmas ads ever made, showing the power of stories bringing people together - even in...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

I can’t imagine a life without photography

We can usually trace back our own passions to a very specific moment in time. For some, it was the first time they were asked to write a story as a school assignment - leading to a career in writing. For photographer Marcus Peel, it was the moment he...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Craft vs Collaboration - Balancing creative life in the new normal 

You wouldn't have been too optimistic at the beginning of the pandemic, but it looks like productivity while working from home has actually increased. The workforce has found its own balance. We do know, however, that creativity often thrives in...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Design saved my life. Again.

On April 12th, I was one of those unlucky souls. I woke up feeling pretty rough, and initially put what came next during those 24 hours as being due to sun stroke (despite it being 19 degrees that day in London) - I was boiling hot, had a pounding...

Posted by: Robbie Patterson
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Inspiration

The Freelance Collaborative Spirit of Adrian Ciobanu

Freelance graphic designer Adrian Ciobanu has been a professional in the industry for over 10 years. There's a lot of things you can learn in 10 years, but some others you can never forget. For Adrian, one of these is certainly the power and beauty...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Life post-COVID might be worse than we expect

Well that was quick, wasn’t it? A few months stuck at home, non-stop doomscast for a couple of weeks, then at some point the industry got used to it (or got bored enough) and started to cope, one way or another. We’ve heard of both...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo

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