15 May First Full Year as a Full Time Freelancer
February 14th (which seems like a very long time ago now) marked my first year as a full time freelancer. I have spent a full year, full time supporting the art sector in Norfolk. It’s been extraordinary. I wanted to take the opportunity, whilst there is a pause, to reflect on this first year.
What are the stats?
I had been part time as a freelancer for a few years before I decided to make the leap to full time. I am so glad I did it. I have had an incredible year working with exciting companies, organisations and charities. Working with new clients and continuing to work with long term clients. The range of projects has been my favourite part:
For example, I watched as hundreds of school students performed across the space of a couple of weeks filming with Norfolk Music County Festival. I researched and created an early years education pack with the National Centre for Writing. Created a 20 minute documentary about basket making and it’s history in Great Yarmouth with Withy Arts. I photographed numerous workshops, events and festivals.
This range is precisely why I wanted to make the jump to full time freelance in the first place. It did not disappoint. I have felt creatively fulfilled, I feel like I have improved with every job and I can’t wait to continue this work.
The second year of my full time freelance life has had an odd start due to Covid-19. I am using this extraordinary time to reflect, practice and learn more skills. But also to look after myself, take a break and get ready for the work ahead. Working throughout the Norfolk arts scene and for many charities, I know the amazing mix of people we have working for our communities. I have seen so many working to ensure this does not fade during this time. Online resources, workshops and many ways to get involved. It is an absolute inspiration. An example of this is ArtatWork – you can read what they have been up to in our last blog post.
What I would like to do is begin creating my own participatory projects. A few of these are already in development and will be slowly coming to forefront as time goes on. I will continue my work supporting other’s projects of course. Creating and facilitating my own projects will help me to develop and get better at what I do for others, whilst ensuring my I am contributing something new to the sector myself.
I want to finish this post by saying thank you to everyone I have worked with this year. Thank you for inviting me to be part of your team for a short time. Every single job this year has made me better. A better filmmaker, a better facilitator, a better administrator. I have tried so many new things and achieved so much in this first year. I hope that during this strange and uncertain time, whilst you keep creating your art, facilitating and administrating that you keep kind to yourselves. Make sure to take breaks and treat your wellbeing as a friend. We need you when this is over.
In the mean time I am offering my skills on a “pay what you can” basis. So if you need support for your art, whether that is administrative support, editing of your new online course or any other support, please do get in contact and we can have a chat.