Resources for Creatives
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The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People
Carol Eikleberry (3rd Edition, Ten Speed Press, 2007}
Eikleberry offers a realistic and novel approach to the unconventional person seeking career satisfaction. She lists more than 240 creative and unconventional job titles, most for social and creatives, including entrepreneurial options.
Creating a Life Worth Living: A Practical Course in Career Design for Artists, Innovators, and Others Aspiring to a Creative Life
Carol Lloyd (Harper Collins, 1997)
Lloyd provides practical advice to those who choose the proverbial unpractical career goals—to make a living as writers, artists, filmmakers, musicians and dancers. She takes the reader from clarification of the dream through techniques for structuring each day.
The Freelancer's Bible
Sara Horowitz (Workman Publishing Company, 2012)
Sara Horowitz founded the organization that became the Freelancers Union in 1995 and then launched the Freelancers Insurance Company in 2008. She is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, one of Forbes’ Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs (2011), and a writer whose work appears in the Huffington Post and The Atlantic online.
The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One
Margaret Lobenstine (Broadway, 2006)
Have you been stymied by too many interests? How do you pick just one when your interests are so numerous and so diverse? Career and life coach Margaret Lobenstine validates and encourages the Renaissance Souls of the world, offering tools for meshing numerous interests with a fulfilling career.
Job Postings (Freelance and Employment)
- AIGA Job Board. In addition to positions for all levels of graphic designers, AIGA job postings include UX designer, creative director, traffic manager, and design instructors.
- Craigslist. You will find here the most complete list of creative jobs in the area. Craigslist discussion forums provide a venue to ask for free feedback: So, how long did it take you to get QuickBooks going for your freelance business? Does anyone know a good proofreader who will barter for a massage?
- Mac’s List. Mac Prichard of Prichard Communications moderates a listserv for job postings in communications, public affairs and politics. Subscribe to the weekly newsletter to join others in Salem, Eugene and Portland metro who post and/or receive job listings. While you're there, check out the blog; I'm one of the writers.
- Mathys+Potestio was founded by two creative industry veterans who’ve worked as copywriters, designers, project managers, and account managers. If you have advanced creative skills, they will interview you to see if you match one of their numerous jobs in Portland creative agencies and departments, including Nike.
- Northwest Independent Editors Guild provides a very active listing of people seeking editors.
- pdxMindshare. In addition to posting traditional design and copywriting positions, pdxMindshare's job board includes widespread positions in marketing, software engineering, and other technical specialties. They also host several networking events each month.
- Portland Creative List has an active job board listing internships, part time, and full time employment, both permanent and temporary.
- The Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) has done hours of work for you by culling local job postings (both employment and freelance) from a wide range of sources. These postings are in the “information services” section under “employment.”
- AIGA Events. Because four of my creative clients have served on the AIGA board, I have often heard “morning after stories” about fun-loving, helpful programs. Programs range from its quarterly studio tours to dMob, an informal monthly social gathering in its tenth year.
- Creative Mornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community with monthly events at the Portland Art Museum. All events are free and a great opportunity to network with other creatives.
- Design Week. During one week in October, Design Week Portland explores the process, craft, and practice of design across disciplines as seen through the lens of local and national creative leaders.
- Freelancers Union is a national organization expanding in Portland. Their focus is to support workers to build meaningful, connected, and independent lives. They offer educational and networking events for freelancers, insurance options, and a community directory for freelancers to thrive.
- Meetup.com is a network of self-organized local groups. Portland-based creative meetup groups include SEO Tips and Tactics and many more. Some groups are more active than others, but you're sure to find a group for your creative specialty—and if not, you can create one!
- Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA) brings together Oregon’s commercial, film and TV professionals. Programs provide forums for networking and professional development as well as advocating for local business development in the industry. OMPA publishes and distributes a comprehensive directory of videographers, screen writers, producers, director etc, to help businesses locate talent.
Standout Resources for Freelancers
My freelancing creative clients attend the following to stay up-to-date and network with other creatives. Let me know if you have another hot one to add.