Freelancing has been a way to make my career work for me. The variety and balance that comes with working freelance has enabled me to stay engaged, continue learning and pivot in my field across a range of disciplines. It's a note to myself to keep exploring, follow my interests and develop my creative process.
I try to combine my adventurous side with my working life by bringing these values into my practice. I want to use this platform to share some values that are vital in inspiring me to combine my adventurous side with my working life; staying lightweight, exploring unknown territory and traveling with perspective.
Riding across Cambodia with minimal possessions
Staying lightweight has been a huge part of my career and has become a core part of my process and work methodologies. By opening up my work to accommodate multiple work channels and directions I have the flexibility to diversify and invest my time in multiple projects. This simple policy of spreading my energy and resources has increased my focus, productivity and excitement on the projects I work on.
Sharing designs across different industries
Travel typically opens the mind and allows for new perspectives and insights. This is also valuable for working on projects as traveling between different places, physically and culturally, creates a similar shift in perspective which you can use... Previous assumptions are challenged when you experience unknown cultures, be it in different places or companies, both of which often vary drastically. Travel also enforces a vulnerability, creating space for an open mind for both parties. This encourages the sharing of different ideas from different experiences and using these ideas to optimize how you work.
When exploring ideas in the creatives process of a project it is valuable to collaborate with unknown cultures and people. I know it's cliche but it's an aspect often ignored, shifting focus from the destination to the journey will leave space for innovation and exploration. A clear sense of mission and intent is important but allowing time to wonder and explore will enrich that direction and experience. This often requires trust and openness in the process and the willingness to build upon an idea.
learning grasshopper at Loop.ph studio
Staying lightweight with the tools you use is about knowing which one is best for the job. Working across different companies and industries I have learnt how to use many different software packages, giving me specialised skills in a small number of tools but also an overview of many others. This breadth of knowledge allows you to use the appropriate tool for the job and gives presents an opportunity to speak the language to an expert.