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One of the downs of being a freelancer is when people think you dont work at all.
They think you are Bruce wayne or something, normal people just looks at you and say: "so...you're basically unemployed all the time and live at expense of your parents".
i understand how people who isnt in the art/design industry can think like that, i guess many of them (not all) just see work like dressing up, goin to an office to work from sun to sun, doing shity tasks they hate, just to come home to sleep and wish for an early saturday, so, anyone not doing that is simply a parasite.

Anyway, im cool with that, if i have had chosen a different life style, maybe i'd be one of those people, who knows.
What bothers me, is when friends or close people, think that.

I work mostly at night...all night, until 8 am, and i have a 9 month old son, so...even if i wanted to, there's not much time to rest, and when you decide to become a freelancer to pay bills then shit gets serious, because its not like when you live with your parents where you have food and free internet, and work is only to pay stuff you want, like an xbox and shit like that, its not like setting aside work to draw personal stuff whenever you feel bored...it isnt like:  "yeah, work will come in time yay!"...NO, its not like that, you have to constantly look for it, and if you dont have then you just do something else, but you have to be allways aware that you are your own boss and no one is gonna find jobs for you.

and when your friends dont take that serious...it really sets me off.
It is quite dissapointing and sad.

Im sick of people thinking they can just dispose of my time as if i had nothing to do...im not prancing arround, telling people where i work, with whom i work, WHEN im working...its not me, shit, I have 24 and i have never cared about publishing my own artwork anywhere (i just started this year), all i have published is thanks to friends or invitations i never asked for (wich i appreciate tons) and i dont even make a fuss about it, i recently (less than a month ago) did my Artistic facebook and besides DA, has allways been the only social network i use to promote my work...do you think im the type of person who will just say HEYYY, IM WORKING ON A MAGAZINE FOR A TACO RESTAURANT  IN MY CITY! WOOOOHOOOOOO!!!

NO. im not saying that whomever does that is wrong, not at all, but that's just me, i dont talk about the boring part of my work, wich is everything exept drawing.

Most of My friends know my working hours, mostly cause they want to call home and know when im awake (usually i sleep from 8am to 1pm, cause i have to take care of my son when my husbands goes to work) and they know what i do for living...many of them respect that and find my lifestyle weird, but they respect it anyway...some others dont, some others just choose to toss everything i say into the trash bin and act like if i was fucking Athina onassis, living like a nearly homeless person just by choice.

They do things, and say things that makes me feel bad, like if everything i do was just pointless and had no value. I dont care about what other people say about me, but what my friends think and say do matters.

Sorry...i dont know what i just said but i had to say it, since it happened today :/
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cuongqtran Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Lavah, don't feel that way. I know I would kill to have your life style. I'm sure many of us feel that way too. You are too awesome to feel like that. You can teach me a thing or two about freelancing.
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Lavah Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou, you're very nice ;_;♥ if i can help with something please let me know, im not the most professional person but i'll do my best to help you in whatever you need n__n
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cuongqtran Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Well in that case I do have a few questions for ya. I follow you on facebook. So I might ask a few questions there.
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Lavah Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
awesome n_n
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JorgeMarquez Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Me pasa todo el tiempo, la mayoría de la gente no puede entender que tu trabajo no es como el de ellos y que el hecho de que tus horarios sean tan diferentes no significa que no hagas nada, es un problema muy grande por la cultura industrial que tenemos. Afortunadamente muchos de mis amigos tienen entienden por que ellos lo han vivido y el resto son muy comprensivos, el mayor problema lo tengo con mi familia. Pero se que todo saldra muy bien para ti, tienes una increible habilidad y tecnica. Saludos
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Lavah Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:( al parecer los problemas siempre son mas fuertes con la familia, en mi caso a veces son los dos :( pero muchas gracias por el apoyo :( y disculpa la tardanza, ultimamente descuido mucho el DA :(
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JorgeMarquez Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
jajaj no os preocupeis, de cualquier forma te tengo en fb :P
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Chii-Original Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lei tu journal , hubiera sido bueno que lo escribieras en español , no sé si eres latina , pero creo que aca los latinos tenemos esos problemas , esa percepcion.

Te contaré , tengo casi tu mismo horario me acuesto a las 4 y media de la mañana y me levanto a las 12 y media , hago mandados en toda la tarde y le ayudo a mi madre , y toda la madrugada la uso para trabajar. Te comprendo perfectamente , pero sí creo que deberias buscar otros amigos , no porque yo te lo digo sino que traer a tu vida gente que te entienda , es decir creo que necesitas gente que te entienda y te valore.

La gente tiene otros trabajos mas formales y mas estructurados , pero no todos nacimos para hacer lo mismo. Dimelo a mí , tuve un novio que me dejo por mi vida bohemia , porque supuestamente me estaba "suicidando" al elegir este estilo de vida que debia conseguir un trabajo "real". Nadie nos entiende , solo entre nosotros nos podemos entender.

Espero que sigas firme en tu decisión. me encanto tu journal.
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Lavah Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Si, soy latina...y pues que lastima que tanta gente batalle con lo mismo, digo, no ha de ser facil ver que alguien que se queda en casa gana lo mismo que tu aguantando malas caras de jefes y toda la presion de estar en una oficina, pero digo, cuando tus seres queridos te la ponen asi no es agradable :/
como sea, el problema ya medio se arreglo, le conte lo que sucedia y parece que entendio, por ser alguien a quien quiero le voy a dar el beneficio de la duda pero no creo que aguante otra mas de esas.

:( que mala onda lo de tu ex, pero al final hasta te hizo un favor, no? :/ vivir al lado de alguien que todos los dias te dice que esta mal tu profesion pues no.
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Chii-Original Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
claro que no , fastidia. pero cuando tenemos exito en nuestras cosas... ahi si todo mundo es amigo tuyo XD

Pero bueno , exitos en tus proyectos!
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Lavah Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
eso es tan triste y tan cierto :( pero muchas gracias por el apoyo y perdon por responder tan tarde ahahaha dos meses despues u_u
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Chii-Original Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
=) de nada
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skillustrate Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Registering your passion as a legitimate business [little or no cost] or corporate entity [LLC, if you make enough revenue to not feel a loss after fees], and having a business card to go along with it, will instantly gain you more respect in the self-employment area.

I don't know how it works outside of the States but it's a pretty simple process here. I went from "I make and sell T-Shirts; 2006" to "I'm the lead designer of a Graphic T-shirt business; 2007". Just from giving my "job" a name and filing with the county clerk's office. Same person, same passion, different label. Nothing about my process changed, except that now I had a bank account exclusively for my new business. This makes answering questions like "So, what is it you do for a living?" far less demoralizing.

Aside from that, expect everyone who isn't an artist to look down their nose at you when you tell them what you do. That's just how it is. Even if you made a 6-figure income off of what you did, you wouldn't be respected by people who do a miserable job from 9am to 5pm, come home, and prepare to do the very same thing the next day. Look at the Performing Arts; Actors make all the money in the world and their profession isn't respected as "work" either. We just have to deal with it.
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Lavah Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Some one suggested me to do the same you do right now, i think thats the right path, as you say, i dont think this will ever be respected by outsiders but well, at least it might lower the bullshit a bit. :/
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skillustrate Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea, I think that's what's best for now.
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verreaux Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yo quisiera ser freelance, especialmente despues de ver la "hermosa" oferta laboral de aqui :S
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Lavah Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
y porque no lo haces? tu trabajo es muy bueno, apuesto que podrias conseguir trabajo facil como freelance, la vdd aqui las cosas estan muy mal :(
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AngelitaRamos Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh yeah honey, you and me both. It can be so hard and on top of that we are mothers and wives. It is much easier to work for someone else, but doing it all on your own looking for those projects is hard in it self and then fighting over the job with others. People sometimes just won't care unless you fit in and become as miserable as them, then its a fight over it being a luxury to stay home and work.
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Lavah Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:( so sad, but anyways, we gotta keep moving, right?
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AngelitaRamos Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Afraid so. We do what we love and make the most out of it. Just try too. ;}
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Lavah Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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lithriel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Everybody is surprised when I tell them what I do. I've had people say they have never met someone who does the same thing. Is it really that bizarre?

When I tried to get a business license the woman on the phone flat out told me she had no idea what I do. I was like... come now, I am and ILLUSTRATOR. Haven't you heard of the term before?

Last week we had workers fixing our sidewalk outside our house in the heat of the day. I turned to my husband and said "Boy I love my job." I pick my hours, pick my clients, wear my pajamas when working, I can take whatever day I want off, and I absolutely love what I do. Can't say the same for most people in the world.
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Lavah Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yes, we're very lucky we get to do what we love, i woudlnt change that for anything, i guess we just have to handle with all the bullshit that comes with such luck!
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3Rton Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
... all else aside: dem typos.
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Lavah Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
n_n
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Genko Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You should dedicate a work night to inviting them over, handing them each a pencil, and telling them to keep up >.>;

It takes a special kind of person to be a freelancer. People don't understand the type of drive and self motivation an individual has to have to be their own boss. They're to used to just getting paid on payday.

I know I myself probably won't be a freelancer because I don't think I can compete in that kind of market, not because I feel I'm inadequate, I don't, but I simply don't possess(presently) the type of drive and self motivation to be my own boss. It's truly a very hard thing, and I have a great deal of respect for the people who can do it.

Maybe you should record one of your work days and throw it on youtube, then freelancers everywhere can link to it. (Not talking a prettified youtube "This is my life" video, more of a "point the camera at your work area and let it run till your done" type video)
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Lavah Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thats a great idea, i wish i could have a camera, if i get one someday i'll do it, so people can see how its really like, just as a real job!
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darkn2ght Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
ah, my mum doesn't take me seriously either. and some friends in the same work field as mine rolls their eyes when they heard the amount of time will spend on my drawings, work or non-work related. well, i mean, come on, this is a lifestyle i chose, and i want to draw something that i won't regret and not half heartedly. so i can understand how frustrated you feel at times. am only working part time as a freelancer. so you have my utmost respect at being able to work full time as one. since years ago, i followed you in da, and you have been getting better and better. so you are awesome dear. just do it and damn the pundits!
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Lavah Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou so much for the support, im really sad to hear that about your mom, since she's family i guess its harder for you :(
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darkn2ght Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
you are very welcome dear^^, sorry for late response. lack of network time;;;...
ah well, she's like that. i just wish she wasn't ashamed of me though^^;
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telthona Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha. The funniest fact is that even if you work in full time your family will not take it serious :D I have been freelancer for 3 years, and finally I got a job in Creative Assembly, and there is still a lot of people who think i'm not working but have a fun with other geeks :P And in fact.. this is true in some points. But don't feel bad because of someone who is jelaous because you have money from your skill and you can stay at home when the rest of the world must wake up early. And if its not jelaous, it for sure must be just a frustration. Maybe your friends just feel that they lose you because you are non stop busy, and if you have a free time you spend it with your kido and partner. Just think this is natural part of life. Maybe try to explain that to your friends, calm they down and tell them that they just should have a little more patient.. i don't know. Situations like this are always confuse me :P
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Lavah Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hahahaha having fun with other geeks, XD.
I get to make time for everything, its not like im super busy all the time,most of it yes, but i can make some time for friends, family and dogs...but they want me to be 24/7 available, its like: hey, you're at home, do this for me...and im like: no, im working, tomorrow i'll do....and they're like...CMON, YOU'RE AT HOME and you have no boss :/

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telthona Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hahaha :D i know what you mean :) i don't have this problem because most of my friends are frellancers or they have a job in game industry. And they know exactly how it is to be on freelance :D

And.. wait! XD You have a boss. And this boss tell them that you are busy and you will do this tommorrow! ;)

haha, fantastic situations from life :D
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Lavah Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lol you're really lucky to have friends in the same situation!!!!!!!!!!!
and i guess i'll have to tell them that!
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telthona Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hehe :> good luck. cheers!
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kenfan0206 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
People are stupid. Eat cheesecake.
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Lavah Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:nod:
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OzzMena Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Sí, nos tachan de ninis. Pero como aún no he visto un peso exhibiendo mi trabajo me metí a una oficina. Quién sabe, ojalá esto sea el parte aguas de un largo futuro.
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Lavah Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Alrato, vas a ver que si, el esfuerzo todo lo compensa !!!
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OzzMena Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Gracias, Volta :'3
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Silvertide Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Alot of these critics obviously don't understand;what you do is an unusual thing after all. If I were in your shoes I would try to let it go, since getting annoyed about it everytime these criticisms come up would be draining. And yes, I know that can be easier said than done...
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Lavah Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I try to let it go, but it is not easy. Anyway, i have no other choice than to accept there's people who believes we just dont work, and period :( i have to live with that.
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Quirkilicious Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
True story.

On a brighter note, I've been making more money than most of my friends who graduated from Art school from freelancing (some of them have studio jobs!)

So at least I have people to make a relative comparison with to put things in perspective when I'm feeling a little down.

Granted, these are the same people who'll forever make freelancing seem like you're "between jobs" or "unemployed" :/
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Lavah Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Im really happy for you!!! :D i guess thats the only thing that could make them change their minds, i mean, when you freelance and just make a normal income you're unemployed, but when you freelance and have more money than your friends then you're just lucky to work on what you like and make money from it...thats the way they think, but it doesnt matter at the end because as you said, they will allways make it seem like its not a job anyway. sad!
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WilHiteWarrior Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Im sorry to hear that really :( I know you work hard and yes I know it can be hard to find work... I wish I could afford to throw some more your way but at the moment I cant :(
But no matter how hard times get, just believe in the Lord that He'll get you through it and He will without fail :) :hug:
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Lavah Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, dont worry matt, you have allways been kind to me :hug: it isnt money what i need in this moment, to be honest, its a bit of education from the people who dont understand our way of living :( but you're right, the lord does get you trough all this n_n
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WilHiteWarrior Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
:) I still plan to commission u again if ur still willing tho :) When and if I ever get some money. lol
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Lavah Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:hug: ♥ you're allways really kind n_n
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WilHiteWarrior Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
:hug: Thanks :) I try to "do unto others as I'd have them do unto me"
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Lavah Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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