Greyscalegorilla Podcast Ep. 59: So You Wanna Start a Studio…

April 18, 2017 - By 

In this episode, the crew discusses when it’s a good time to start your own studio. Topics also include being freelance vs independent contractor and the latest in the Render Wars.

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Show Notes

Nab Blog Post
Nick Q&A
Arnold Live Stream
Chris Do On Youtube

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  • Hi guys, Im a motion designer, an artist, and I´ve doing this since 2007. I started working for a company (as many of we did) for 5 years, then I worked as a freelancer for a couple of years, and everything was fine. With the time, I moved to another country, and I still worked as a freelancer, but the thing is, at some point, clients started to encourage me to become a company, because was easier for them to hire me, and I will have more direct clients, because they dont hire freelancers, they hire companies. From that point, I started the business, and everything was to hard for me, all the legal things, account, contracts, ensurance, money issues, buying things, paying rent, looking for more clients, paying people, etc, and all at the same time.
    When the company is built and every legal thing is done, you have less things to think about, I mean, there are hard times, and is when you start, but when everything settles down, you deliver your projects, people and companies start to believe in you, you get more clients, and you trust your people, you are done, you did it!.
    Now I hire 2 motion designers, an external account manager, and administration girl, and we are all good, so everything flows. If we have more than one project running, we hire some freelancers as well.
    I keep making some 3D animations, or concepts, I keep get involve in the creative part, but I also keep shaking hands, traveling around, metting new people, and all that social/fun things. The only difference between me as a freelancer and me as a “business man” is that, now I can do bigger and challenging jobs. Before this I couldnt, because I didnt have a team to work with, and I hadnt that chance to close a deal with a direct client.
    Another thing to consider is, a lot of people like to change and explore new things, for me, this is game changer, and thats fun and challenging, maybe some day I will go back where I started, nobody knows, but at least I tried, and I always encourage people to try and change, I think thast a good reason to do it.

    PD: thanks for sharing your knowledge with the people, its been a pleasure to hear you guys (since 2009)
    PD2: Sorry about my english Im from Chile!

  • This speaks to me. I am in that transition of hiring people to help on projects. I am the bottle neck of my company. Thanks for helping not feel alone.

  • Hey guys! I am loving your podcasts. Keep up the great work. I am not sure if this could be a topic of discussion, but I would love to hear your thoughts on the mentality of showcasing your work. I feel as though no matter how many projects I go through or how many hours I put into a motion graphics piece, at the end of the day, I never feel I can reach that satisfaction level to show my work and say “this is my best”. I learn a lot from each project I do as I continue to run into and find solutions to problems and I want to be sure I can market myself as “this is my latest and greatest, but I can do even better”. Thank you for all that you guys do!

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