IAmA Freelancer Advocate- I help people build careers doing what they're passionate about
Hi, I'm Dave, the Freelancer Advocate. I teach prospective and current freelancers, especially those who want to work creative industries (video, design, photo, copywriting, web dev, etc) to build their careers and protect themselves from mistreatment. I consider it a personal victory every time an accountant or insurance adjuster realizes their dream of making a living through their photography or writing- even though the vast majority have no idea who I am and have not received help from me in any way- I just like to take the credit.
I spent a decade as a producer and editor of TV, film, and video. I worked primarily on documentary/doc style TV and advertising, serving some of the biggest brands (eg. Suntrust, Audi, Facebook) and television series (eg. Hell’s Kitchen, Biggest Loser, Tanked) in the world. In 2016 I founded Black Chip Collective, which helps connect video professionals to clients. I met some cool people, my work has been praised by folks like Harrison Ford, Daymond John, and Nick Offerman.
It took me a long time to realize that I was an expert in freelancing, but with all the different perspectives from which I'd seen freelancing- as a successful freelancer, an unsuccessful freelancer (I spent my first 8 months as a freelancer without finding a single job), a hiring manager, and a de-facto recruiter- a number of things had become abundantly clear to me that seemed counter intuitive even to other successful freelancers.
I started out by mentoring some of the freelancers who worked for me and giving some live presentations, but more recently it has led me to write articles, start a podcast, and create online courses. With the exception of the comprehensive courses, the content is free, and most everything can be accessed through my site: Freelancer Advocate
So ask me anything about freelancing, creative industries, editing, producing, working in reality tv, this massive resume experiment that I'm doing and haven't mentioned and this is a weird place to bring it up, or my dog Ellie.
EDIT: Ok, Reddit you win. I'm tapping out for now. I'll try to come back and check for some questions that I haven't answered later tonight.