Today was meant to be an ‘admin’ day, which for me means:
1. Mending costumes.
2. Cleaning costumes.
3. Packing away costumes.
4. Chasing contracts.
5. Chasing payments.
6. Checking diary.
7. 1 million other jobs.
Just not today. Today I am off to world famous Selfridges to hang out with my rocket in pasties Aurora Galore. And I am getting paid for it. Expect images and general babbling.
Train views are a tad poo this morning.
Recently I have been very lucky to be getting a fair amount of freelance work in. Perfect, considering how close to Christmas it as and due to some personal upheaval (yes…thats a good word for it). Going or even being a long term freelancer in this financial climate is a challenge to say the least. I have been working as such for sometime but admittedly not full time. Whilst my work as a performer keeps me very busy, not to mention the teaching and admin that goes along with it; I cant help but feel the need to do more. So over the last few months I have been branching out. I have in the last two weeks worked as a stylist, a photographer, a writer, a proof reader and a copywriter. It is mad to think what I have been up to. One day it is shooting a fashion shoot at Missenden Abbey to the next where I am eyes deep in research on brogues. Yep I am a busy woman.
There are those who ask me how I do it. Well I dont have a child or a family so to speak so those are not a factor in my day (god knows how the super moms and wives do it). With my pup to keep me company it is surprising how quick I can get through my work. I take regular breaks and walk the pooch. Its all about balance. There are days where I dont seem to make any headway. Those are the days I tend to be less focused through one reason or another.
Here are my tips on going freelance and maintaining your sanity doing it:
- Don’t think you can pay the bills in the click of a few buttons with freelance. The key is only go full time freelance if you can afford to have a bad month (or three).
- Really focus on your talents and push yourself to improve continually.
- The power of social media. I have gotten many jobs from comedy writing to proof reading via my social media work.
- Take regular breaks. It helps with your well-being and even inspiration. I like to do 30 mins break from any editing as I often find staring at something continually dulls the perception.
- Search for the jobs. I mean it, they wont simply fall into your lap. I am on a number of sites and check in regularly.
- Reputation. Gain one for all the right reasons and keep it. It is key to survival.
- Meet up with other freelancers. If nothing else it is simply to realise you are not alone and you can gain valuable experience from such people.
- Setting up the office. It doesn’t matter where it is but it should be fit for purpose. No point attempting to write articles perched on the stairs. (I have seen this).
- Switch off. Learn when to switch off. Over-saturating the mind and inbox will only end up with tears and frustration.
- Tax. Its a foul word but read up on it and seek advise. You may be able to claim for all sorts of things on your tax return.
- Enjoy it. Stop every now and then and look back at all the work you have finished.
Now run along and play. I have another article to draft. x
Recently I have been planning a fashion photoshoot for a project I am working on, so as ever my nose has been firmly in the mags and stores looking for new items to inspire.
I have to say bravo to River Island who have once again stolen my heart with some of their items. Lavish decadence to be honest! Here are my picks from them:
So Downton Abbey! I love the 30s feel to this number…oh how I want
Grey peacock shawl £30. The back detailing is stunning! Slip on over a vest top and jeans for a posh pick me up or stunning with your LBD.
Words can not describe how much I am lusting after this! Perfect over a tshirt or with your hot dress for the festive period. Instant update for last seasons dress. Gotta get it! Comes in silver too. Gold embellished collar £28.00
This is sexy as hell! Leather and leopard. This will not date, will age well and add instant foxy feline appeal. £160 but worth it. Now just need to convince my bank manager… sizes 6 -18 too! Win for the curvy!
Love the whole cosmic graphic print on this. No plunging neckline either. Like the detailing on the collar and sleeves. Very hip with skinny disco pants or chiffon skirt. sizes 6 – 16. £18.00
My current lusting for footwear has to come from the ever wonderful Evans. Their whole style relaunch as been amazing. Beth Ditto needs to launch another collection with them…hell I will if she wont! As a burlesque performer I am all about the silhouette and curves! But I digress…
Say hello to sexy, hip but FUNCTIONAL boots:
These sexy bad boys from Evans are on trend: Patent, studded, cowboy boots. Hello sex for the feet! I wanna buy these! £55.00
The word vintage appears to be cropping up every where and anywhere these days. I have lost count of the number of times when hunting down ‘vintage’ items to only discover said items are mislabelled repro items. Or worse items pretending to be repro. I dont mind if an item is labelled ‘vintage inspired/40s inspired’ etc but jezz its attached to everything these days from tea pots to panties to mascara and chocolates. I think I bought a ‘vintage’ tea towel in Tescos last month.
Trying to determine what exactly ‘vintage’ is harder than I imagined. With answers ranging from any item over 20 years old, to post 1920s (they are antiques otherwise) it seems even something I would regard retro such as an 80s shell suit could technically be called vintage now. *shudders at the thought of shell suits amongst 40s dresses*
Today I headed to an event in a local public gardens for what had promised to be a vintage tea party. Cue shabby chic bunting, some china cups and a game of croquet being poorly played by unsupervised children (two mallets smacked off my feet) I didnt stay long. Whilst the 30min cue was alone enough to put me off, add to that the lack of anything else vintage…jam served out of Tesco jars and the use of polystrene cups in the end, it seemed once again a ‘vintage’ feel was there but more in name than presence. The common concept behind a vintage tea party appears to be bunting and cups. I cant imagine other than a few other aesthetics what you could add to really make it more authentic.
My actual vintage tea set, vase and jug. Bought for a tenner in charity shops this week.
Mind you if the term vintage is so hard to tie down perhaps shell suit clad waitresses with Alisha’s Attic as a soundtrack is just as vintage as we can expect these days.