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ART OF FREELANCE

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 
 

What is Art of Freelance?

Art of Freelance is a 10-week online course that culminates in a live Showcase. The program was carefully designed to help independent creatives plan, execute and showcase new work, push forward an ongoing project, or work on the business side of their creative careers.

The course is a combination of structure and accountability. There are a series of carefully crafted exercises that are done on your own schedule at your own pace, and weekly scheduled one hour online video chats with a small Cohort of other creatives.

 
 
 

Why is this Course important?

We believe that “portfolios are the new resumes”, and that it is critical every independent creative take the time out of their busy schedules to “hire themselves”, and treat their personal work with the same level of effort they put into client work.

Essentially, this is an opportunity to take the time to work on your business, not for your business.

 
 

What's a typical project people decide to undertake during the course?

Here are some examples:

  • Writing a screenplay

  • Launching a kickstarter

  • Creating an ebook and selling it on Amazon

  • Creating an record EP and marketing it through Bandcamp or Soundcloud

  • Creating a new promotional piece and mailing it to 100 clients

  • Getting your financial house in order by learning quickbooks and creating a business plan

  • Doing the legwork needed to find an agent

  • Creating a blog

  • Conducting a full website update

The possibilities are endless.

 
 

What is the time commitment?

The total time required for all the independent exercises is about 10 hours over the first four weeks of the program.

The total time for the online accountability meetups is 10 hours over the 10 weeks.

Apart from that, the time you put into the program is the time you spend working on your project.

 
 

What times zones are available?

We have made the times for the online meetings as inclusive as possible. People have taken the program while in Bali, Hungary, Chile, Dar Es Salaam, Amsterdam, as well as every time zone in the US.

The following time slots will be available for the Winter Course (listed in Pacific Standard Time):

Wednesdays @ 6p PST
Wednesdays @ 9p PST
Thursdays @ 9a PST
Fridays @ 6p PST
Saturdays @ 11a PST

Do the Time Zone math or use this Time Zone Converter and see if there’s a time slot that will work for you!

 
 

Who is the ideal candidate?

We are here to serve independent creatives who want to do the work that will help them level up their careers, scratch a creative itch, or build a “side hustle”. Our program has hosted long term freelance veterans, fresh-out-of-college grads, and people with full time jobs. It’s not about being too experienced, or not experienced enough, it’s about being hungry to grow and create.

 
 

What if I have to miss a meeting?

As a program built on the importance of accountability, we take showing up seriously. We also are long time freelancers with busy lives, so we get it.

We distinguish between not showing up because you got an important job, or you're sick and in the hospital, or the Governor called up and asked for you assistance on a top secret project, as separate from not showing up because your cousin is in town, or you had tickets to a concert, or you didn’t feel like you had accomplished enough that week to show your face. The former are valid excuses, the latter are just excuses.

If you miss a meeting, you record your video check-in for your Cohort and post it to the site. If you keep missing meetings, your Guide has the option to refund your money and ask you to leave the program.

The short story is: Show up. For your Cohort, yes, but mostly for yourself.

 
 

What are some of the frustrations and difficulties that members have with the program?

Choosing the right project to tackle right now can be tough for some folks. We have designed exercises to help you define your personal and professional goals, and weigh potential projects against an intelligent criteria to help you, but at the end of the day, the decision will be yours. “Analysis paralysis” is real for some people, and after you’ve done all the exercises and gotten feedback from your Cohort and Guide, eventually you will need to do just trust your instinct.

For others, the challenge is in carving out the time to work on their business, not just for their business. There’s an age old saying in the freelance business: if work is slow and you want to guarantee that you get a call for a project, just book a vacation. The phone is bound to ring with a project that conflicts with your new vacation dates perfectly. Well, this program has had that effect for people as well. As soon as they decide to invest in themselves, the phone starts ringing off the hook, and they’re inundated with work. But the best, most successful creatives find a way to do it all. This program is a sprint, just a piece of the marathon. You only need to keep up this pace for 10 weeks. So dig deep. Work late. Block off a weekend. At the end of the program, when you’re showcasing new work, you’ll be glad you did.

 
 

Can you tell me more about the Showcase?

The Showcase is a fantastic event, attended by both the Los Angeles creative community, and industry leaders looking for new creative talent. There are two parts to the night:

• The Gallery: New work by AF Members is hanging on all the walls, displayed on laptops, and built as installations around the venue. The venue is open early and late for the audience to walk around, view the work, and talk to the creatives.

• The Presentations: For a 1-hour block in the middle of the event the audience sits and watches presentations on the big screen. The creatives have an opportunity to introduce the work from the podium and/or talk about it during their presentation.

We have hosted them mostly in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, and they have included food vendors, free beer and wine, great music, and great crowds. Our last event was attended by over 350 people. Watch a video recap, and learn about our next Showcase on Oct 7th.

 
 

Will there be in person meetups?

One of the Cohorts from our current Course that organized their own meeting at a local coffee shop!

One of the Cohorts from our current Course that organized their own meeting at a local coffee shop!

We strongly believe in the power of community, that’s one of the main reasons we started this program. We also believe in the deterrent of traffic. So, there are no “official” meetups other than the Showcase during the course, but we highly encourage Cohorts and Members to schedule their own meetups, and there have been many during, and after the course.

 
 

Are there Scholarships available?

While have made every effort to make this program as affordable as possible, and the course fee can be paid over 10 weeks, we know that there are people who it would benefit that still can’t afford it. And so, we’ve created the Art of Freelance scholarship.

If you, or someone you know, would be particularly well suited for the program, and have a particularly difficult financial situation, please email us at hello@artoffreelance.com subject line: Scholarship, for more information on how to apply.

 
 

Who designed the curriculum?

The course was designed by top working Freelancers in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Shin, a PHD expert in Adult Learning Theory. Click here to learn more about our team.

 
 

Who will my cohort Guide be?

Each Cohort has a Guide who has done the course before and that has been vetted as particularly effective, supportive, and encouraging. They hail from all different creative industries and are at all levels of their careers, but they are all badasses.

 
 

What technology do you use for the weekly meetings?

We use Zoom.us, the industry standard for video meetings. It can be downloaded on your desktop and smartphone, which makes it easy to check in from anywhere in the world.

 
 

What about confidentiality?

We encourage openness and honesty, but we also demand confidentiality for everyone’s creative and proprietary information. You will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement and make a pact with your cohort that each of you will control how and when information you share with your group gets shared with the world. Any breach of that trust means a group member will be promptly banned from the group and the community.

 
 

I don’t consider myself a Freelancer. Can I still benefit from this?

Yes. We have found that this Course is equally effective for freelancers as it is for entrepreneurs, people looking to scratch a creative itch, or people with other jobs that want to build a side business.

 

For example, we have had:

• A full time college professor use the program to launch a side business that brings kids to nature.

• A jewelry designer use the program to rewrite her business plan and launch new marketing efforts.

• A full time Product Manager use the program to launch a Kickstarter for a fun creative side project (that raised $21k of his $8k goal).

• Someone working full time in the food industry complete three different photo essays over three Art of Freelance courses, and build out his photography website.

 

And many more. Ask us if you have questions!

 
 

Are refunds available?

We believe strongly in this quality of this program. If you invest in it, it can change your life, and so we confidently back your purchase with a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee.

Be bold, dive in, dig deep. If you’re not satisfied, just contact us within 30 days of starting the course, and we’ll refund every cent of your investment immediately.

 
 

Why is this better than what else is out there?

There are lots of education resources online, some aimed directly at independent creatives. Creative Live, Coursera, Double Your Freelancing, Lynda, Udemy, 99U and more provide videos, articles and even worksheets about building a creative career.

But none of them provide a specific roadmap, systems thinking, community, feedback, or the accountability needed to actually accomplish personally-directed projects that will help you advance towards your personal or professional goals.

“Portfolios are the new resumes”, and it is critical every independant creative take the time out of their busy schedules to “hire themselves”, and treat their personal work with the same level of effort they put into client work.

Now is the time to work on your business, not for your business.

 
 

Have other questions?

 
 

How do I enroll?

You can enroll here. We’ll ask you to answer some basic questions about who you are, what you hope to accomplish, and what you are going to bring to the table. It should take about 15 minutes to complete.

 
 
 

 
 
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We believe strongly in this quality of this program. If you invest in it, it can change your life. 

We confidently back your purchase with a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. 

Be bold, dive in, dig deep. If you’re not satisfied, just contact us within 30 days of starting the course, and we’ll refund every cent of your investment immediately.

No questions asked.