Thomas Frick

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This artist started off in a stu­dio,

then de­cided to go free­lance…

What did you learn from your time work­ing at a stu­dio?

Join­ing a stu­dio en­abled me to learn how to work in a team and be part of a process. But more than any­thing, it meant I could im­prove my­self re­ally fast – a lot faster than when I was learn­ing at univer­sity.

What made you de­cide to go free­lance?

I had al­ready started do­ing free­lance jobs when I was in the stu­dio, and I didn’t want to join another stu­dio im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards. Even though I was scared, I thought I had to try liv­ing by my­self and be­ing my own boss. Step by step, I man­aged to make enough con­tacts to be able to start work­ing full time, and have enough money to live and eat. I tried to di­ver­sify as much as pos­si­ble. Now clients ap­proach me. I’m pretty com­fort­able, but it took years to reach this point.

Do you pre­fer work­ing in a stu­dio or be­ing free­lance?

Per­son­ally, I’m re­ally happy with my cur­rent free­lance po­si­tion and I would suf­fer if I had to go back to work­ing in a stu­dio. Be­ing in a stu­dio brings a lot of ad­van­tages, but there are many ad­van­tages in be­ing free­lance too: work­ing at home, be­ing able to choose your work­ing hours, hav­ing awe­some rates if you’re tal­ented and re­li­able, be­ing your own boss, choos­ing you hol­i­days and your free time.

Any ad­vice for other artists?

Know your en­vi­ron­ment, look at what oth­ers artists do, try to un­der­stand how and what they do what they do, be cu­ri­ous and try to im­prove your­self with what you see. And most im­por­tantly, don’t fear the fu­ture!

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