May we have medicare for all (or something closer to it) by the time you turn 30!
My goal is to not have any goals 😅
Oh thats a fun factor I didnt know about. Ill turn 26 next year so i just wont have my parents. But I still want to put some research into finding a good plan for me.
That's killer, Jarrod. What kind of home are you looking for?
This. Health insurance is my #1 concern for next year, as I'm about to turn 30 and wont qualify for the cheap plans... it's so frustrating! #merica
Book enough business to afford a down payment on a house. Getting real practical over here
I also live in LA and with that have found it kind of difficult to work from home unless it is direct to client.
Hey Zach! good idea to review this puppy before it's over!
i'm training for a 42 k trail race, that will take place in December, so, most of my free time goes over to that... (i mean, either running, or recovering in the couch!)
As for work, things have been a bit slow this year compared to the past couple of years we just had (which were bananas, thankfully) but we are really enjoying this pace.. being able to practice a bit more keyframe skills...
Improve the cel animation side of things is always in the to do list, as a continuous activity...
And I've completely put aside anything that resembles a personal / passion project other than short explorations... and honestly, i feel so much better without that on the pending list...
Short animations, and practices make all the sense for me, and are real things we can tackle, without either going out of business or compromising free time (as in time away of the screen)
So... here's to the halfway point !! Glad to hear you are having a good year so far!!
I want to finish a set of christmas animations by august and update my site by the time blend hits.
Need to figure out a healthcare plan for next year and then keep learning as much as possible.
Personally it's just been connecting with studios and agencies that are okay with remote work! Also I live in LA so I've slowly been convincing studios that I've worked at in-house before to allow me to work remotely even if it's just a day or two a week :)
Thanks, me too. :)
I've been on a longterm project since the end of Februrary and it's most likely going to come to a close at the end of July. So the rest of the year is about figuring out the next projects. It's been amazing to have a steady income with a really great team. It's the longest term thing I've done since going freelance and definitely the closest to feeling like full time in a while. It's been a huge blessing, but I'm starting to itch for some new and different challenges.
I recently made it my goal to cut a new reel. I have a good amount of new/better stuff to add to it, but I also want to try to create some small personal projects to fill it in more with work that I aspire to do more of. That's my goal right now. I have a few small projects in various stages that I really want to get done for the sake of this new reel. Don't know how soon I'll be able to finish the cut but I'm aiming to get it done before Blend.
Looking forward to seeing it all, Arian.
What steps did you take to get more remote work? See a lot of people talking about getting direct to client projects or remote work and normally it's that they want more. Any tips?
Congrats on wrapping up on the personal project, Zach!
I've accomplished most of my goals for 2019 (travel more, get more remote gigs, etc) but I have yet to start on my short film that I've been dreaming of working on for years. I definitely need to set aside a chunk of time where I accept no freelance work and solely work on that film. It's been tough balancing freelance work with personal projects and the past two months have been crazy busy.
I have two outstanding personal projects I need to finish. Once that's done it's new reel and site time. Ugh, lots to do.
This. THIS. My single business wish for the rest of the year (next year) is to do a bit more creative work. I am currently doing a lot of corporate work which is paid well but is not particularly creatively challenging. They just want smooth animation and clean design.
This was something that I really have tried to work on as a whole. There have been so many times "cool" projects would have been available, that I wasn't available for because I panicked for one reason or another and took a less-than-exciting job.
It's great to be challenged and I am excited to see what big things happen for you with this new approach.
Stop saying yes to everything, and start hunting clients/projects that I really want to work on & especially ones that inspire and challenge me creatively.
For me, I know I have a fair amount of traveling to do the rest of the year for weddings, holidays, conferences, etc-- so my goal is to pretty much stay the course as much as possible. 2019 has been pretty solid overall and I am hoping to continue to build relationships and continue to do (hopefully) pretty interesting work.
I am pretty much wrapped up on my biggest personal project yet, besides sound design and planning on trying the festival route before just putting it on Vimeo. Anyone have any experience with that?