Creative Relay co-founder Ed Shems has just posted on his blog a new personal project that’s a fun take on the proliferation of social media options. I asked Ed how this project came about: “It all started in my sketchbook a little while back. I drew a bad guy reading […]
About Creative RelayEd Shems and Justin Perricone founded Creative Relay to help their fellow creatives. Ed's an illustrator and graphic designer and Justin is a web and graphic designer, and both have years (one of them has decades) of experience running their own freelance businesses. For a number of years they have been teaching and speaking about the business of creativity as well as organizing events, workshops and webinars for the creative community with the goal of improving outcomes for both creatives and their clients.
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Recently, Creative Relay did what very few entities have ever been able to do: we got a bunch of illustrators to leave their studios for a few hours! These freelancers were forced together to schmooze, drink coffee and share chicken stories. In attendance were Lisa Graves, Jannie Ho, Gary LaCoste, Lauren […]
The desire to keep things fresh and new in your portfolio can sometimes overwhelm your better judgement, and a sub-par design/illustration/photo can make its way into your: Online portfolios* Physical portfolios Samples We’ve all done work that we can admit isn’t our best (often it’s because a client thinks they […]
One of the first decisions a creative professional makes upon starting their business is deciding on a name for the company. It’s also often one made in haste while a bank associate is setting up a business bank account. Since it’s literally the identity of you and your business, it’s important to give it some thought beforehand. For creative businesses, the naming […]
Graffiti comes in so many different forms. On a brick wall in an alleyway I often walk by in Needham, MA I always find a number of messages written with gum. At first I found this perplexing but after some time I became intrigued by the concept and couldn’t help […]
Even a freelancer who does a small amount of business will at some point have a client who is going to need a W9 form so that they can report their payments to you on their taxes. For many of us, this means filling out a simple federal form with […]
We’ve received a few messages from folks asking about the outcome of Top Cow’s Talent Hunt so here’s the info including links to more information. Top Cow received about 300 art submissions and over 800 writing submissions “some of which submitted more than once for a total of 1100 different synopsis/script submissions.” […]
In the midst of reading Once Upon a Flock, I would catch myself glancing outside into my backyard from time to time. I didn’t really know why I was doing it- I certainly wasn’t bored and I’m not afflicted by ADD- and then it dawned on me: I was trying […]
NEVER EVER LET FEAR DRIVE THE BUS This is great advice I heard from licensing guru Cheryl Phelps. We all are afraid of failing or coming up short, and that fear can paralyze us into not making changes or choices that in the long run could further your career. Five […]