Here at TVWriter™ we love the freelancing creative life and find it the most fulfilling way we can think of to do what we love and make a living at the same time. So we’re really glad we stumbled across these cool ways to make it even better:
by Herbert Lui
Who is your most valuable client? It’s not the one who brings you the most money. Nor is it the one who is most famous. You are your most important client, and that means you need to spend a little time refining your own process each week. Here are five ways to do just that.
Your other clients are important, but at the end of the day, you still need to pay attention to yourself. Business magnate Warren Buffett illustrates this in his authorized biography The Snowball, using his partner Charlie Munger as an example:
Charlie, as a very young lawyer, was probably getting $20 an hour. He thought to himself, ‘Who’s my most valuable client?’ And he decided it was himself. So he decided to sell himself an hour each day. He did it early in the morning, working on these construction projects and real estate deals. Everybody should do this, be the client, and then work for other people, too, and sell yourself an hour a day.
Agencies understand this principle: that’s why they allocate so many resources to creating their own platforms and products. To build their reputation, they will do cheaper (or free) work to align themselves with more prominent brands.
Although you may have a smaller budget than these agencies, you can do what Charlie Munger did – spend just one hour each day on your most important client. What can you do as a freelancer to enhance yourself?
1. Look at Job Postings
When I talked to serial entrepreneur and Circa CEO Matt Galligan about networking, I asked him about his brief stint in product management consulting and how consultants could go about finding work. One of his suggestions was that freelancers should look at company job boards for postings in their realms of expertise.
Although this sounded unusual, it made perfect sense as he unpacked the idea: most times, when companies post a job, they are doing it as a reaction. For example, they needed a developer, designer, or a marketer yesterday. This makes for a great opportunity for you to get in touch with the company as a freelancer.
You can tell them straight-up that you may not be the perfect permanent fit for their team, but you can hit the ground running in the meantime and solve the problem for them in the short-term. Not only will you reduce their workload, but you will also be buying them more time to recruit and hire a permanent team member that truly fits.
There’s your foot in the door. Even though you might be working on a temporary basis with them, you have the insider’s perspective to figure out more of the company or team’s problems – and how you can help them solve these other problems when the permanent staff member inevitably replaces you in your current capacity.
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Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
Karl Schaefer (EUREKA) is showrunning Syfy’s new zombie drama Z NATION. (The series is already a go, so if you know Karl, or have some zombie adventure cred, have your peeps get in touch with his peeps and get your awesome self on the staff of the show.)
Art Linson & John Linson (SONS OF ANARCHY) have a new overall deal with HBO, starting with the drama series, YELLOWSTONE about, uh, violence in Montana. (The munchy one has absolutely no interest in Montana, so no way am I going to watch this if it gets on the air. Well, maybe if I get on staff. Yeah, if I’m writing the damn thing I’ll be glad to watch. But only my eps, dudes, cuz that’s how munchies roll.)
Steven Knight (LOCKE) is writing an 8-part BBC drama called TABOO, about a 19th century adventurer fighting with the East India Company. (Ooh, man versus corporation. I can hardly wait. What could be better than watching the guy who broke Batman’s back go up against a corporate charter? Thing better be made of some very thick paper!)
David Milch has extended his overall deal with HBO. (Evidently cuz HBO thinks that having a hack has-been who’s last decent work was on the air almost a decade ago is preferable to letting anybody new and/or under 60 into the building. The Milchman is gobbling up a piece of the pie that could’ve been yours, mine, or anybody else’s. The only Big Name who’s gone lower than Milchovic is Bruce Springsteen, who now makes his living covering hits recorded by dudes at least a century younger than his botoxed self. Oh, brave new world – why hast thou forsaken us? Or something like that.)
Yes, it’s true. On the whole, we at TVWriter™ aren’t fans of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE. We find it, well, fatuous would be the best word. Overly simplistic, unrealistic, dumb. So when we saw this oh-so-positive review we had to read it and emerged with a new understanding of the ways of the world – cuz writer Jen Krueger, who’s a fave of ours, actually loves B99 for exactly the reasons we loathe it.
Oh, God, our head is exploding —
by Jen Krueger
On the list of things I originally expected from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, emotional resonance isn’t to be found. With a former Saturday Night Live cast member as the lead, I figured the show would be goofy (in a good way) and peppered with cameos from comedians.
While these expectations were met early in the first season, the thing I’ve come to like most about the show is the slowly developing romantic storyline between Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy (Melissa Fumero).
But as much as I’ve enjoyed the pining these characters both think is unrequited, I keep reminding myself not to get my hopes up too much about the future of this storyline since sitcom love rarely flourishes in an enjoyable way.
I’m not sure there’s a single narrative show on TV that doesn’t have at least one romantic storyline, but very few half-hour comedies seem comfortable letting their characters actually get together. The Office was getting so much mileage out of Jim and Pam wanting each other but not being together that even after Jim put his cards on the table in “Casino Night” (sorry, couldn’t resist), the show kept inventing reasons to keep them apart.
And though I’m about as big of a fan as you can find of the slow burn approach to the development of relationships in TV, I hate it when the hurdles a couple must leap feel like they’ve been put there just for the sake of adding more hurdles. Jim transferring to Stamford smacked of artificially inserted conflict, and I never bought that he’d bother keeping up a relationship with Karen after returning to Scranton and finding Pam single. And since it was inevitable that Jim and Pam would get together in the end, it drove me nuts that the show was delaying the one thing I so badly wanted to see.