3 Key Tips to Freelancing Success: One Creative’s Journey

Have you heard the popular advice, “find a niche and stick to it?”

Max Lapointe had heard it too.

But his success as a creative freelancer has proven that this particular piece of advice should be taken with a grain of salt.

As someone who was always willing to say yes and learn on the go, Max has attracted global freelancing opportunities in film, photography, and cinematography. In this interview, Max shares his secret for staying relevant in the eyes of clients and agencies, plus his top tips for succeeding as a creative freelancer. Don’t forget to check out his page and watch his videos.

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How One Nomad Finds Truth in Vulnerability

Neal Steeno’s life is like a movie.

After graduating from college, Neal lived out of a car in the Arizona desert. Neal introduced himself to a stranger in a cafe who gave him the best advice of his life. That day, Neal quit his job and hopped on a plane to pursue his love of film.

Neal ventured to Vietnam to produce the film Naneek which traces a vet’s journey back to Vietnam to confront his difficult emotions. Neal has a knack for telling people’s stories, especially honest stories that reveal vulnerability and truth.

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Masters of Film: Art, Movement and Sound

Curious what it’s like to live and breathe film? Look no further.

From music composition to video production, these three community members master their crafts. René, Katie and Muratcan blend creative genius with thoughtful storytelling and the results, as you’ll see on their pages, are truly captivating.

Learn what a day in their lives looks like and trace their journeys to success, including all of the road bumps along the way.

René G. Boscio is a film composer, singer and songwriter. Growing up listening to punk rock and playing the guitar, René decided to pursue classical composition in college. Learn about René’s transition to composing music for films, commercials and TV shows. Read more →

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The Visionaries: Staff Picks

Add creativity to a vision for the future and the result is brilliant.

The staff picks this week use art to pursue their visions for the future. Although their visions are unique, this music director, production designer and videographer all share a passion for creating meaningful work.

Videographer, foodie and health geek Harry H. Yuan (pictured above) believes “In life there is no higher purpose then to serve.”  Harry serves through film and photography, providing us with “epic videos” that educate us and take us to distant places.

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From Actress to Director with Kristy Best

Bouncing from a production office to a casting room to a recording booth to an acting class, all in one day, Kristy Best‘s days can most accurately described as hectic. But she wouldn’t have it any other way. As an actress, director and teacher, this crazy sort of lifestyle is not new to this Australian.

It started when she was a child. Always dancing around the house, her mother decided to enroll her in dance classes. Shy while offstage, Kristy soon found herself enrolled in drama classes as well. The combination paved the way to performances in musicals and as part of a talent show group at events, festivals and entertainment venues. Then there were TV commercials for Pringles and the shy girl began to come out of her shell and fall in love with performing. 

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Movies, Writing & Rakenrol: Director Quark Henares

As we continue our month of entertainment and film (starting last week with film composer René G. Boscio) we’re excited to go behind the scenes with director, Quark Henares.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Quark is not just a film and video director but also a musician, film studies professor, award-winning writer, former band director, part-time actor and University of Southern California MBA. Check out our interview with him, below.

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Beyond the Desk: On Set with Screenwriter Jen Govey

Not long ago we shared a Deskie and interview with about.me advisor, Cory Levy. This week we’re excited to share an in-depth interview with British screenwriter, Jen Govey, who shared her Deskie with us on Twitter.  Don’t forget to send us yours!

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