After meeting Fig Taylor I couldn’t ask for a better ending on this Making a living day. It was truly an honor to mee the artist, designer/illustrator Kate Morrons . As some of you probably know her already, I was absolutely astonished by her presentation and work. She talked about her career as a designer and went step by step with some advice for us illustration design students at the metropolitan London. She started by saying that style doesn’t really define artist, it’s what motivates you, what your strengths are and that nowadays we should try to do something that is completely different, make ugly stuff since it will define you – the only way to build your confidence to get experience and to talk to people. She then talked about how to negotiate for a piece of work, the answer is in three words rule third, third, third. Third, you should cover the actual time you spent to work, third should cover the thing you need to do your work and the last third should cover the profits.
Also, as a freelancer to sustain your life you also need to pay your taxes.
In your cv you should be able to show your skills specifically, document your work every time you do a piece, don’t use a photograph on your cvs, don’t let people describe you. She also added that putting the date of birth is not necessary simply because you could also get discriminated by your age. I will remember her speech, it really helped me to understand things in a different way.