As a freelancer this literally makes me want to pull my hair out. After working on over 30 different productions and 12 publications last year alone where do I possibly begin? Although I feel my career is running smoothly I don’t feel quite at the place yet where I am ready to apply to agencies. So left in limbo I have decided to expand my work repertoire and apply for other jobs in the fashion industry. What I feel like I lack the most is connections within the industry here in New York. And what better way to begin to get my name out there than go into an office or production set and show my A+ work ethic?
My mid-February freak out about not having enough work has since subsided as New York has again embraced me. Since our last chat I have begun assisting for another stylist who focus is somewhat more on commercial production. The work is a bit harder and not as creative but it has increased my day rate quite a bit. It also puts my anxiety at ease to be back to working constantly.
When writing my resume I focused on creating a really kick ass cover letter. In this I addressed my many accomplishments but equally highlighted my eagerness to learn and be exposed to more. In my resume I focused on listing my qualifications instead of listing each production I have worked for. This way I was able to focus on highlighting what each job may be looking for. Unfortunately I feel like I had to rewrite it every time as every job I applied for had a totally different structure.
I am happy so far with the responses. I have not gotten an overwhelming amount, but those who have responded have been a great fit. I truly enjoy freelance work because it allows me the time and ability to work on my own publications as well. Although I yearn for more stability my fear is a 9-5 job would swallow me whole. Which is weird to say because in reality I work between 10-15 hours a day on a job. I have learned that chasing money is not the whole picture when it comes to your career. Although I must take a majority of the paying jobs over the commission ones, I have found that chasing work in general seems to lead me in the right direction. At the end of the month I am still able to pay my rent, buy food and even a glass of wine at the end of the long day.
What will happen next month? I still have no idea. But I guess that is part of the fun.