In an effort to promote the website FreelanceArtProducer.com, we have started Freelance Friday. The purpose is to promote the freelancers on the site so as to gain more attention for them and the others trying to get hired. So, from now on, when a freelancer on the site provides us with a blog post, we will promote it on a Friday.
Today, we are featuring Susi Paz, one of the early members of FreelanceArtProducer.com. Susi lives and works in London and is available to work remotely as well. Her client list is as long as it is impressive so it is no wonder they had such great things to say about working with her. To learn more about Susi, be sure to read on. And, if you think her post is interesting or the site is helpful, please do share it and let your art producer friends know about this new resource. And, if you do share it, let us know that you have done so. We have a little something for you to say thank you.
How long have you been freelance?
On and off for the past 20 years.
What made you decide to choose freelance?
It was just the way things turned out. I’d been working at The Face magazine for a few years and when I left I became a London based picture editor for Colors (Benetton) magazine on a freelance basis; it kind of snowballed from there. My career has been interspersed with maternity and long term sick covers on picture desks (newspapers, book publishing and ad agencies); I tend to get called in when there’s a problem.
As a freelancer, you see the inside of many different agencies. What one thing do think they should consider changing?
The whole lot, you don’t have to be in an office all week these days. In the last year I‘ve been working solid with new clients which I’ve never met; we talk on the phone while the project is live, but that’s about it. It’s great to be honest.
What do you think a freelancer brings to an agency that a person on staff may not otherwise be able to provide?
It should be varied experience.
What advice do you have for someone just entering the freelance world?
Are you sure you’re cut out for it?
Can you share ten things about you that we would have no idea?
1. I’m one half of a Siamese twin
2. I’m a compulsive liar; not really; or am I?
3. I suddenly smelt toast in my car last week and ask my husband if he was making some, because he should stop it if he was.
4. Whenever I’m working with kids my 1st joke is “what’s brown and sticky?” … “A stick”
5. I’ve convinced an elderly man to come out of retirement and teach me pottery, I found him online a couple of months ago and now he’s my teacher one day a week. He trained with one of Bernard Leach’s students and a Kenzan master which makes my teacher one and by rights; you know who’s next.
6. I used to sit on Orson Wells knee when I was a kid whenever he was visiting his friend who my mum worked for.
7. I have discovered a little family of hedgehogs in my garden and apparently (so the internet says) they love cat food (not the fishy kind) and obviously; so do the neighbourhood cats.
8. The UK feels like a strange place since Brexit
now a lot of people Regrexit
that’s why it’s become Neverendum
all because of the Referendum.
9. I’ve stopped thinking the green grass is someplace else; the older I get the more I realise I’m already standing in it.
10. I always tell the truth; honestly I do.
Thank you Jimi Stine for help with the post.