8 Years of Freelance, and I Still Love It

Today marks my 8 year anniversary working as a freelance photo and video producer for advertising. An additional 7 years as a studio manager for John Reed Forsman makes 15 total years in the field. Wow, that’s a long time. It has taken a lot of courage and planning to make it this long as a self-employed individual, and really only a few risks. Plus, the support from my wife has been tremendous! The road has been an excellent journey, and has taken me to so many places. The vast network of talented crew never fails to amaze me, and I couldn’t be more appreciative to all the people who have granted our team special access to areas the public rarely gets to see. We truly have a backstage pass to the world.

I’m thankful to all the photographers and directors that have entrusted me to coordinate and care for their productions, from the early beginnings of a concept all the way through to the applause at the wrap of our last shoot day. I’m also grateful to be in a position that I can consult the rising stars in our field that have questions about the freelance life, how to approach new clients, and how to land larger projects. We’re in a friendly but competitive community, but ultimately I think we all want to see each other succeed in our advertising endeavours.

Always looking ahead to what the future holds. I think this year is really going to be a great one.

Please let me know if you ever have questions about freelance working, and what that might look like for you. I’d love the opportunity to make your next shoot run more smoothly.
email: producer@matthewslimmer.com