Friday, May 24, 2013
It wasn't always this way. Once upon a time, I had a bunch of regular clients with regular, monthly issues, plus other steady work that kept me doing okay. Then a number of things happened that caused all of that to slide WAY down. I got sick - really sick - and eventually had surgery and recovery. During that period, I unfortunately lost a couple of clients. The company I was doing other work for also went out of business during this time. And then the economy took a down-turn and less and less of my regular clients were producing books anymore.
So now, I have a couple of regular clients, and a handful of repeat clients. Seems like just when I'm about to run out, someone contacts me out of the blue as someone has told them about me, and it is always a welcome opportunity for me. But one can not live on those random occurrences with any feeling of financial security.
Right now I face that situation. I was running low this month and an old client hit me up out of the blue. So that will help in the short term. But it's just not feasible for me to keep on at this rate.
So what do I do?
There is a ton of flatting work I have access to, but I'm REALLY slow. Plus lettering pays better when all is said and done - there's just not nearly as much work available for that anymore. So while I do like flatting, and I am good at it, until I get faster (or get a Cintiq or Bosto or whatever), it's not going to sustain me sadly.
I've already said lettering (and logo design) jobs are hard to come by these days. (If you're looking, I am for hire!)
I REALLY don't want to go back to 9-5 - I HATE that lifestyle, I really do. I worked freelance successfully for nearly a decade and LOVED the freedom of it. Going back to 9-5 is a HUGE step backwards for me. If it comes to that, of course I'll do it - what choice would I have? But I have to try to keep my sanity first!
I think writing could be the key. Not just comics, but prose (which I'm getting into seriously very soon - more details on that when I have more to report), articles, whatever. I just really don't know where to start. Sure, I've been paid for writing before - comic scripts, SEO articles, data entry, etc. But I've never tried my hand at like writing for publications or other websites and the like save for a few movie or wrestling reviews.
I will continue lettering - and again, I'm for hire! - but I think writing will eventually take me farther.
In the meantime, I just have to find a way to stay afloat. Things are about to shift around here, and I need something stable. I think I'm going to finally finish revising my website (gonzogoose.com) and start submitting to companies earnestly. But I really do want to look into paid writing jobs out there as well.
Anyone have any tips on that? I am a member of a couple of freelance sites, but most of the jobs I see there are technical writing, which I'm not interested in at all.
In any case, I'm just having a bit of the freelancin' blues as I see bills come in and have to continuously scramble for jobs to keep up. Not a fun way to live, let me tell you.