"One of the most important aspects of being a designer is the constant need to keep oneself updated to current trends, designs, printing techniques, and networking opportunities. I also feel it is just as important to participate in the mentoring of upcoming designers, returning the favor and continuing a collaborative cycle of design and education. I am very excited and optimistic that RI Creative Magazine will provide just that.” - Lillian Ferranti, Visual Communications, Freelance Designer
“FREELANCER” What exactly does the title mean to you as an independent worker?
It doesn’t mean financial freedom, or free from worry, or free from deadlines. To me it means free to chose my projects. Free from the constraints of a traditional workplace and from the limits of the 9-5 work day.
Our success as Freelancers is determined by what we do and don’t do for ourselves. As a Freelance Sign Painter and designer, I see my successes all around Providence. It reminds me to work harder and stay the course when projects stop coming in.
Freelancing is being able to put your name on something and be proud of the work you’ve done for your client. It doesn’t matter what field you’re in, whether you’re in the Creative field or the administrative field, or doing underwater basket weaving.
Be proud of the work you do. Be decisive and stand strong when quoting a price. I know we all want the gig, but once you start letting a client dictate your worth, it’s like being back in an environment where you’re punching a time clock as an hourly employee. As a friend of mine says “be bold, be wild and be free.”
by Jayson Salvi
Sign Painter & Designer