In today’s saturated media industry, freelancers may find it difficult to remain competitive and find jobs. Chuck Hüber and Colleen Clinkenbeard, who have both worked as directors at FUNimation, explain that media practitioners may overcome these challenges by building their network, fostering strong relationships with their clients, and retaining their audiences.
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According to a study by 35% of workers in the USA have opted to work on an ad-hoc basis. As a result, the number of freelancers in the U.S. has increased 57 million by 2019, comprising more than one third of workers in the economy
According to a study by Forbes (2019), 35% of workers in the USA have opted to work on an ad-hoc basis. As a result, the number of freelancers in the U.S. has increased by 57 million by 2019, comprising more than one third of workers in the economy (Booth, 2019). Payoneer’s 2020 survey states that that this number has increased even further due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during which employees were forced to work from home (Younger, 2020).
Chuck Hüber, ADR Director at the post-production studio FUNimation, explains that this trend is also inherent in FUNimation, which employs contractional employees for a certain period of time.
Whilst full-time employees may enjoy the safety of a stable paycheck, Chuck admits that contract employees must “work many jobs at once” and are “always figuring out ways to make ends meet.”
In order to thrive as a freelancer, Chuck and Colleen emphasize the importance of building strong relationships with new and existing clients. They suggest several useful tips on how this may be achieved:
Tip 1: Network with Industry Professionals
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