Although I’ve met some wonderful people, made terrific connections, and gained an exponential amount of skills and experience, the time has come to reform and restructure my freelance model.
Throughout the years I have been more than lenient in regards to my artistic services—today I will hold my clients to a higher standard. Without ranting on about my clients from hell, I’ll make this post concise.
As some may know, I have been an independent artist since 2002. This involves graphic design, illustration, photography, etc. Although some think my work is merely “making things pretty,” it involves a great deal of my time, travel, money, assistant fees, research, editing, experience, and resources. Yes, every single one of those.
As a perfectionist, the amount of time, energy, sweat and tears spent on some projects didn’t mirror the professionalism I had expected from my clients.
When you hire me, you are hiring someone who values high standards.
Many pieces of my artwork are displayed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum; my animated stickers have been featured on the front page of Apple’s App Store; I have won dozens of awards at art exhibits, fiestas, fairs, colleges, university clubs, and businesses; have designed for singers, models, actors, and top business professionals in America; I authored, designed, and published a book in 2012, which was chosen and edited by Steven King’s editor; I’m writing my second book; worked over ten years at the leading book manufacturing company in the world as a printer’s assistant, book binder, and pre-press production specialist; professionally photographed and illustrated for five of the world’s largest stock art companies; graduated with a bachelor’s in graphic design; interned for the Scranton Times Tribune Newspaper in Scranton, PA; am a contributing blogger on Ripley’s BION Museum website, among others; won three student Addy Awards; and was the ’11 AT&T winner for best new mobile application.
With that said, I am someone who has the experience, knowledge, and passion to create a project with the attention to quality that surpasses what is expected; I create as if I were presenting your project to one of my own loved ones—the people I admire most.
My work ethic functions well with clients who are honest, fair, and descent human beings. It is unfortunate, however, there are some who wish me to crank out a project as fast as I can for as little money as possible—many times wanting freebees, extras, and unlimited revisions, along the way.
Firstly, I will no longer be giving a “friends and family” discount. As much as I want to be nice, I’ve come to a point in my life where cheap clients are holding back from creating greater things for myself and my valued, established clients.
Secondly, I will only accept work sixty days in advance as I have a complex schedule. For many years I have done on-demand work but have found this to attract demanding personality types. Exceptional work takes time. Also, prior to work, a signed contract and initial Fifty percent (50%) deposit is due to reserve date and time of event and is due 60 days prior to event. This deposit is non-refundable and is payable by check or credit card. Any outstanding balance will be charged to the credit card on file or pre-arranged transaction on the last day of the event/project.
If you haven’t returned your signed contract and I receive a message demanding projects finished “ASAP” or something equally unreasonable and pompous, I will not respond.
If any of this seems unfair, please contact someone else. Spending time with my loved ones is much more valuable to me than gaining another client from hell.
A link to my photography pricing can be found HERE.
Although most projects don’t fit an easy pricing template, I may create specific pages for quotes on my illustration, graphic design, and other artistic services. Meanwhile, send me an email at email@example.com for a quote.
Now I will focus on greater things. Special thanks to the clients who appreciate all that goes into creating your projects. You’re the best.
*These rules don’t apply to specific nonprofit organizations. I will always make time for those in need.