Freelance Games Designer Maintaining Workflow
- Selling yourself
To be able to work freelance you will 1st need to sell yourself to the market you wish to work on, for me I wish to be a games artist or designer. For any freelance jobs you will need a good CV, this is one of the 1st steps towards any job, in your CV you will need to describe yourself, show what experience and skills you have by showing what jobs you have done before and/or education in the field.
As well as a CV it’s a good idea to make a portfolios and e-portfolios so you will be able to display your drawings, models, animations, your work on/with games and other game design documents.
Your employer will always ask to see both of these files
- Finding work
In freelance you are the one who needs to find your jobs where as if you wasn’t working freelance you will always have work. Finding work in freelance is important and is also like a betting games as you will be against 100s of other people trying to get the job that your after.
Because we all want a good income you will need your job list to be endless, although freelance jobs can pay more than non-freelance
A few tips on finding work are:
Building a unique CV for each job you apply for.
If you make unique CVs for each job you apply for, you will be able to tailor each one to show off the skills that the employer is looking for, for example, if the job requires you to have a good knowledge of gaming then you could write a brief description of what you know. Therefore telling the employer that you are good for the job.
Using recruitment agencies
Recruitment agencies are companies that are able to help you look for work by taking your CV, portfolio and other information and making it available for employers. But in some cases you do need to pay for some recruitment agencies.
Remember newspapers and magazines? Well some companies still advertise in them for freelancers, it’s always best to grab a few printed media products and have a look through them. Magazines such as Edge or Graphic designs sometimes advertise jobs in them for freelancers.
Freelancing is just like running your own business so its important to advertise yourself. Ways of doing this are things like social media or merchandise. Using website like Facebook or Twitter to make a fan or business page is a great way to market yourself, with these you would be able to update your audience with your latest work and portfolios.
Another great way to advertise yourself is by making videos for YouTube, you could make shorts or reels to show off your skills, and update videos to keep the world updated. As well you could make your own business website and connect all your social media with it.
Keep every contact you get be it a business card or past employers as you could contact them for jobs if your short. You maybe able to form a relationship with the business and become top of their list for freelance.
- Expos and fairs
The game industry has 100s of expos each year with these expos business promote themselves by showing off their work. In some expos some business set up places to meet freelancers.
If you have enough money and the skills you could be able to get up on stage and promote yourself, if not you could just check the floor out and ask business.