Nick, an award winning Post Production Artist found some time to catch up with YunoJuno on his 11 year Freelance Journey and what he wished he knew at the beginning. Take a look:

When did you start freelancing?

I’ve been freelancing for 11 years now and fortunately going from strength to strength.

Why did you decide to go freelance?

My two core values at work are freedom and creativity. I felt freelancing was the best path to allow me to choose which projects I’m passionate about and which clients I want to collaborate with. This, with the flexibility of managing my time and working with a massive variety of genres, talented teams and companies is really gratifying.  

How did you get into Film and Motion?

I studied a film, animation, photography, web design course and found I was always drawn to film, visual FX and animation. Growing up watching Hollywood films and wanting to create those effects was something I was always pulled to. I used to shoot skateboard videos with friends on the weekends and experiment with various visual techniques in Adobe After Effects, Flash and Combustion. My first ever official project after uni was a ‘48 hour short film competition’ to write, shoot, compose, edit and deliver’ which I ended up winning. I was onto something special, so developed my post production skills within music videos, commercials, broadcast and social content.  I love the artist community, with so much inspiration out there now, there’s always something new to learn and push your limits. The rate of growth in technology and tools we have to create high-end stories and visuals, is all available to us now more than ever, so it’s our job as artists to use them and create something impactful.  

What's the best thing about being freelance? and what's the hardest?

The best thing about being freelance is being your own boss, choosing when you want to go on holiday and when you want to work  (talking to the mirror asking for days off is always fun). Also the freedom to work with a plethora of clients and artists that you may not typically get to work within one set company, this is a real gem in the freelance world. The hardest thing about being freelance is having to make tough decisions; when you have two project offers on for the same dates, and having to say that difficult word…'no’. However, I believe closing some doors, opens new ones elsewhere, and being a freelancer is also about building that intuition and trusting you’ll make the right decisions that aren’t always influenced on what has more financial gain. Learning to say no and trusting your intuition to make the right choice is really a craft that’s grown over the years.  

How has YJ helped you as a freelancer?

YunoJuno has really enabled me to make new connections with clients, agencies and post houses that I never would have had the opportunity to work with previously. The platform has introduced me to some of my favourite clients, working on projects that are seen worldwide. Having been shortlisted for projects is a great feature, as you can easily see when and how long the project is, where the clients based and a description of the skillset and brief, everything you need to know to take the job! 

When you’re so caught up in your current work, it’s challenging to find the time to network, create new leads, quote clients and dig through multiple platforms. Yuno Juno is my go-to source for work, it’s changed the game for our industry in a big way and I can’t wait to see what they have in store next! 

What's one thing no one ever told you about freelancing you wished you'd known at the beginning?

How much having 'business sense’ would have helped going into freelancing. Having known some fundamentals in branding, finance, creating relationships and growing a business would give anyone a head start into the game.

Can you tell me about a project you're proud to have worked on?

A project I’ve been particularly proud to have worked on is the official Mens Tennis Masters commercial for ATP which was shown at the O2 arena and broadcast nationwide, working with International athletes, that was pretty cool!

If a client was reading this, why should they hire you?

In a nutshell, I care. I pride myself in the delivering incredible service, in the quality of work I do, in encompassing creativity, enjoyment, clear-communication and over a decade of experience in multi-disiplanary roles. I believe I’m a generalist-specialist in post, with the breadth of knowledge of each and every aspect of a post production workflow into each visual role, as well as having the breadth of a seasoned editor, motion graphics artist, compositor, retoucher, visual fx artist, colourist and retoucher. Having worked in almost every genre of film, I have a wealth of experiences and inspirations to draw from.  YunoJuno also crowned me 'Freelancer of the year' for the Film and Motion category  so that’s got to count for something, right : ) 

How would you describe yourself and / or your work in a single sentence?

Passionate about creating art that can entertain, inform, inspire and influence others in a positive way, in a timeless format.