Skills Week / Max Meltzer / Freelancing In Games

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Max Meltzer kicked off the Friday sessions with an overview of freelancing in games.

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Skills Week / Max Meltzer / Freelancing In Games

  1. 1. Freelancing in Games Max Meltzer Principal Talent Agent International Talent Management www.itmcreatives.com
  2. 2. State of Market <ul><li>10 Years Ago: Very little freelancing </li></ul><ul><li>Now: Frequent freelancing not to same standard as film. </li></ul><ul><li>Future: Full freelance market. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Benefits to Freelancing <ul><li>Higher Average Pay </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Breadth of Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Effective for Employer </li></ul>
  4. 4. Becoming a Freelancer <ul><li>Safe vs. Turbulent Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Openness to Rejection </li></ul><ul><li>Constant Pursuing of Next Contract </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Career Control </li></ul>
  5. 5. Being a Good Freelancer <ul><li>Communication Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Listening </li></ul><ul><li>2. Verbal </li></ul><ul><li>3. Written </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to Interpret Briefs </li></ul><ul><li>Realistic </li></ul><ul><li>Imagination </li></ul>
  6. 6. Being a Successful Freelancer <ul><li>“ It’s not what you know, </li></ul><ul><li>It’s who you know”. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Personnel to Target <ul><li>Outsourcing Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Studio Art Director </li></ul><ul><li>Art Director </li></ul><ul><li>Human Resources Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Producer </li></ul>
  8. 8. Where They Hang <ul><li>IGDA Chapters </li></ul><ul><li>Developer Conferences </li></ul><ul><li>SIGGRAPH </li></ul><ul><li>Comic Book Con </li></ul><ul><li>London Games Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Wherever there’s beer! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Pitching Your Services <ul><li>Pivotal Question: </li></ul><ul><li>How do you recruit freelancers? </li></ul><ul><li>Have Ready: </li></ul><ul><li>A Full Reel </li></ul><ul><li>CV </li></ul><ul><li>Statement of how you stand out. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Valuing Yourself <ul><li>High End for any Artist is £500 a day </li></ul><ul><li>Low End is £200 a day </li></ul><ul><li>Share Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>GRR!! Stands for: </li></ul><ul><li>Gauge, Realism, Respect. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Intermediaries <ul><li>The Recruitment Agent </li></ul><ul><li>The Talent Agent </li></ul>

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