Meet James, a digital character artist and animator on PPH, who’s first job almost put him off freelancing! Thank goodness it didn’t!
Hi James! Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into freelancing?
Hi PPH! I’m a digital character artist and animator and I got into freelancing after University. I did a few internships in animation and stumbled upon PPH, and haven’t looked back!
What was your previous job before deciding to go freelance?
During my internships after university, I was offered a role modelling buildings. I realised I’d been training for years to become a character artist, do I really want to accept this offer and wait to fulfil my ultimate dream?! So I decided to look elsewhere and during a 2D animation internship, I found PPH. I recognised the potential in freelancing and saw that with the skills I have to offer, I could do very well on the PPH platform.
How did you come across PPH?
I was actually looking at a design I had seen on Google, which was hosted on somebody’s PPH portfolio.
What was your first job like on PPH?
Surprisingly, my first PPH job almost put me off freelancing! The client was reluctant to pay for the job as I already posted the finished work to them. Being quite trusting and open, I didn’t even think to protect myself. I was paid in the end but I almost immediately gave up. I’m pleased I didn’t as a year on, I’m actually leading a pretty successful business from freelancing! I took the experience from the first job as a learning curve to make sure my work is always protected before handing over a finished product. I’ve now got many long-term clients with whom I’ve built lasting relationships.
What is a typical day like for you?
I usually wake up, get breakfast, then bounce between projects for 8-10 hours a day, before I call it chill out time. Sometimes I’ll work longer if need to.
How does freelancing compare to a 9-5?
Freelancing is so much better than a 9-5! I can take breaks when I need to and can manage my time more effectively as my own boss.
What benefits have you found by using PPH?
The greatest benefit I find is the ability to choose who I want to work with and what type of projects I take on. I also like the ability to liaise with the client to come to a mutually acceptable deadline.
What does your future hold? Where would you like to take this?
Hopefully I’ll have a long and prosperous future freelancing, making ideas and dreams come to life. I suppose some day I’d like to own my own studio and have my own big team.
What are your top 5 tips for freelancers who are new to PPH?
1. Make sure you watermark all your work before handing over a finished piece to a client. Once approvals been made and payment has been given, you can send them the high resolution file, watermark free.
2. Set yourself achievable deadlines before impulsively agreeing to anything with your client.
3. Set a realistic rate for yourself and consider where your skills set, your abilities and your experience.
4. Always be friendly and respective of other freelancers and clients who you interact with.
5. Don’t saturate yourself in too much work. Having your freedom is just as important!
If you were an animal which one would you be and why?
I’m not sure. Maybe a dog, like a golden lab. Such friendly pooches 🙂
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