Freelancers- Back when I was doing a lot of art for small game companies, I occasionally had to deal with an art director treating me like a servant at their beck and call, or not being honest about late payment, or some other act of unprofessionalism.My attitude was always “I don’t need this guy. I’ll still be working long after he’s been fired or his little company goes out of business.” That type of faith in myself has served me well.Many years later, most of those little companies are gone, and the people working for them are doing something else. I’m still here, making it happen. I appreciate art directors that appreciate what I do for them. I’ve pulled numerous all-nighters and worked on vacation or holidays for ADs that understand that sacrifice and show loyalty in return. I used to work with a guy that often told me “Scott, you make me look good.” I appreciated that a lot. He gave me a lot of work. I appreciated that even more. We’re all working our asses off. But if you’re going to kill yourself to make unrealistic deadlines, do it for someone who knows you’re making them look good. Don’t let yourself be taken advantage of by unprofessional jerks. If you find a good AD that appreciates you- don’t screw that up. Build working relationships with good people, and you can be successful. There’s a lot of good people in the business. Find them and work with them.
That’s a career building tip from Uncle Scott. Good luck, kid. ;)