Life Of A True Creator April 1, 2011 – Posted in: A Picture's Worth, Blog, Featured Columns – Tags: artist, comedy, comic, comic art, creative, freelance, freelancer, Mike Pascal
Back again! First, I want to say THANK YOU (bold, in all caps, yet!) to everyone who bid on our recent art auction for Japanese Tsunami Relief. It really meant a lot to me (and everyone else) and I hope you all enjoy the art you won. I think winning it for a good cause just makes it that much more desirable and special. Then again, I’m biased because I bid on and won a couple myself!
Anyway, let’s get the obvious pachyderm on the premises out of the way.
You may wonder why my blogs have been so erratic this year. (You may also wonder why they have not been erotic, but that’s another entry. Entry? Ooooh, I just made a double enténdre! And I’m not even French.)
Well, as most readers know, I’m a freelancer. Or, as another freelancer on the Yahoo Comicart-L Group recently proclaimed, a “true creator”. And we, as this brilliant, sensitive and tactful gentleman described, are a different breed. Perhaps even species.
We not only march to our own drum, we build the drum and play all the instruments in the band. We need no clarion call to arms like the military, no rallying cry to band together like those in a union, no alarm clock to wake us at a certain time each day like corporate drones. We are the epitome of Freedom, according to this gent. (That is where the “free” in “freelancer” comes from, by the way. It has NOTHING to do with the amount our clients usually try to pay us for our time and efforts.) We are looked up to by little lads and lasses, envied by employees and lusted after by the ladies. The aspirational archetype for ALL to follow who dream of a Life Independent. (Or, as he would write, “independant.” Surely we are above any kind of trivial standard of language.)
Just look below at the heavenly work environment with which I effortlessly compose this missive of genius. What could be more desirable?
YOU, dear reader, wanting desperately to be Like Us, are no doubt saying to yourself, “There must be a catch. No occupation is perfect. There just has to be pitfalls!” It’s a common query I hear far too often from the huddled masses of human mundanity.
The answer? Well, you’re in LUCK. On LinkedIn.com, in a group devoted to Freelancers (of course, it’s very exclusive), someone posited that same question in a discussion: “I am writing a blog on the pitfalls of freelancing.. are there really any?” Granted, the group is for freelancers, not “Creators” per se, but since all Creators are freelancers (according to the aforementioned genius, one cannot Create and be an–ugh–employee!), the question applies equally. And in that inquiry, the key phrase is “are there really any”. Because there ain’t.
None at all. Nope!
Here’s what I wrote:
Pitfalls to Freelancing? Why, such a thing is foreign in our world, as polar bears are to Africa, as courtesy is to driving or common sense to government. There be no pitfalls! The Life of the Freelancer is one of leisure and luxury, where fame and fortune dance together inseparably in a harmony rarely seen in nature. Let me walk you through my typical day. First, I awake when I please, about the crack of noon…Or when one of my six live-in goddesses wakes me with the savory aroma of a home-cooked breakfast made with love. After sipping my fresh-squeezed orange juice (imported personally from the jungles of South America), I peruse email to choose one of the myriad overpaying projects waiting from my litany of clients begging for my services.