All posts filed under: Remarkability

41 Creative Ways to Get People to Respond to You

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Networking / Promotion / Remarkability

I hate having to stay in touch with people. New people, especially, scare me. I’d much rather spend my time not meeting all that many people, creating, writing and eating Kit Kats. Most of us don’t want to be rejected or look weird in front of people. The truth is, however, that being bold and contacting people - new people and people you already know - will create opportunities. Read More

What Karaoke Teaches Us About Making an Impact With Our Art

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Adding Value / Creativity / Remarkability

At a Karaoke bar, you choose your favourite song and sing over a backing track awkwardly. You might be a little tipsy, you might feel shy, and you might be joined by raucous friends. As you relax, you find the words flow better, and your voice glides over the melody. Eventually, you might start to get creative, adding more of your own flavour to the tune. Read More

How to Survive the Biggest Creative Job Decline of All Time

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Adding Value / Freelancing / Remarkability

Are designers, illustrators and visual artists turning into commodities? I was recently asked by a reader to discuss the health of the graphic design and creative industries in general. His concerns centre around what appear to be the ‘commoditisation’ of these industries and the people working in them, with the following example: On an online exchange, you can buy a decent quality illustration for $5 for commercial use. Read More

Create For Yourself, Not for Anyone Else

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Creativity / Productivity / Remarkability

One of the most valuable lessons of working as a freelancer over nine years has been the importance of doing work for myself, rather than for others. This sounds selfish, because I suppose it is, and I get that this seems to go against a lot of what I’ve written about before, which it does not. The key thing I want to drive home is that selfishness is the root to selflessness (and great work […]

How to make your brand more credible to attract bigger clients

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Brand You / Remarkability / Selling

If you have a brand, sell products, or provide skilled services, on top of an outstanding product, you need to be believable in order for clients to want to work with you. As someone who has run his own graphic art business over the last eight years with an interest in working with the very best, I’ve taught myself a good deal on this area. You need to be credible. Read More

6 Subtle Things You Do that Lower Your Perceived Value and Diminish Opportunities for Work

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Adding Value / Brand You / Promotion / Remarkability

In the murky ecosystem of working for yourself, the ‘value' of your product or service has everything to do with being in demand. Your value goes up when the demand for what you create goes up. And being in demand is tied to these things: 1. How well your product is a solution to the needs of your market or audience 2. The perception your market or audience has of the demand surrounding your product […]

11 Things Most Other People Never Do that You Can Do to Win Amazing Clients

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Adding Value / Promotion / Referrals / Remarkability / Selling

Do you do what everyone else does? With so many products and services flying around out there, you’d do well to stand out to attract the fans and buyers who need you. People are responding to this with various forms of self promotion and getting the word out there. The trouble is, most people are either simply not doing enough, or they resort to being grotesque (any pop ‘stars’ come to mind?), or they’re doing […]

What Problems Are You Solving? How Great Artists Think Like Entrepreneurs

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Adding Value / Business / Remarkability

How comfortable are you with the idea of calling yourself an ‘entrepreneur’? Even if the word itself is a little trite, the basic meaning behind it is solid enough for the purpose of this conversation. Anyone working as a creative who works for themselves and initiates their own projects, which I imagine is most of you, can be thought of as such. One thing that entrepreneurs have in common in their quest for gaining traction, attracting […]