A freelance career in the creative arts
A freelance career in the creative arts

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8 Summary of Week 1

Now that you’ve finished the content for this week, you might find it useful to revisit the introductory video on the course description page to listen again to the experiences and opinions of our freelance interviewees.

If you want to know more about their businesses, the optional video below gives you an introduction to each interviewee and the field they work in. You’ll see a useful spread between those who are creating a product to sell, those who are providing a service, and those for whom the two overlap. A special thanks to Cassie Leedham, Matt Katz, Garima Dhawan, Jessica Rowe, John Simpson, Lucy Marcovitch, Rebecca Harling, Terri Brown, Zakia Rashid, Vanessa Cooper and Craig Spivey for sharing their experiences for this course.

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By this point, you should have a better understanding of what a freelance career is about and how it can work within the creative arts sector. You’ve considered some definitions and terminology and you’ve viewed a range of case studies with useful learning points for any freelancer. You’ve also briefly looked at the perspective of the employer and what can be learned from that.

You should now be able to:

  • explore the context of freelancing within the wider economy
  • describe a portfolio career and reflect on whether that approach could work for you
  • recognise the benefits to employers of working with freelancers

Next week, the spotlight will be on you, as you reflect on your own needs and goals.

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