What an honor to be asked to present at the 2019 College of the Canyons Media Day. Prospective students and their parents had an opportunity to speak to media professionals from multiple industries as they presented the advantages of pursuing professions in the media entertainment arts. I was honored to be one of the animation professionals. I mentioned how the skills I learned as an animator increased my ability to diversify my design services.
As an animator, you are forced to wear many different hats. These different skillsets helped prepare me to handle some of the most popular freelance gigs clients are currently requesting on sites like craigslist, guru and upwork. I had the pleasure of presenting to two different groups. Both groups were filled with some amazing questions and it was a quite engaging experience.
Heroes of Color, LLC has partnered with College of The Canyons to host an intense, 3-day workshop to help aspiring freelance artists learn more about the business side of art. One of the main objectives is to help students find their own way towards sustainability. The path might be different for every artist, but the concept is the same. That is, to create multiple revenue streams for yourself. You do this through networking, partnerships, self promotion, social networks, marketing, and the dogged persistence required to keep moving forward when your marketing strategies and business plans don't yield the desired results.