Meet the creative graduates who are doing things their way
Caitlin, Craig, Rachel and Zoe know what it means to set up and succeed as young freelancers. They can choose the clients they work with. They can work anywhere that takes their fancy, be it a coffee shop, a bedroom or a beach.
They’ve made the most of the freelance lifestyle, and each of them launched their solo business either at university or upon graduating. If you’ve got creative skills, you could too.
All four have been finalists of IPSE’s Freelancer of the Year Awards, and have been recognised for their freelancing talent. You might wonder how they found their first clients, what they did when the money got tight, or how they gained credibility as such young freelancers. You’ll have the chance to find out next week…
Global Entrepreneurship Week (#GEW) runs from 14 to 20 November, and on Wednesday 16 November these fantastic freelancers will be the panelists for a creative Twitter chat with Nottingham Trent University School of Art and Design. The Twitter chat will discuss their experiences, challenges and tips for becoming a creative freelancer.
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Here’s a little bit about the panellists:
Caitlin McEvoy, 25 – District23
Caitlin is an award-winning graphic designer specialising in editorial design, vintage design and typography. She is an IPSE Freelancer of the Year 2015 finalist and a two time O2 Media Award winner. Her apparel company District23 has gained international recognition since its inception in November 2013, featuring multiple times in FHM Magazine before its retirement earlier this year.
Design is something Caitlin lives and breathes and her passion is reflected in her balancing full-time employment, freelance design, a part-time masters and running District23. Caitlin firmly believes this commitment and passion for your art is what’s necessary to make it as a freelancer.
Craig McDougall, 24 – Broken Physics Productions
Craig is the co-founder of Broken Physics Productions, a video production and video marketing company based in Southampton, Hampshire. After leaving University in 2013 he founded his business with his partner Emma and has been working as full time video producer ever since. After starting with musicians and charities he has now broken into the commercial and corporate world with clients like IBM, TaylorMade Adidas Golf and Lenovo. Over the years he's gained experience not just in the video production field but in business as a whole and is working hard on growing Broken Physics.
Rachel McMillan, 25 – Rachel McMillan
Rachel McMillan is a contemporary fashion and textiles label. She believes in ethically made clothes for the modern man and women. The brand has gathered significant recognition including featuring in Vogue Italia, showcasing at Off Schedule London Fashion Week and being nominee for 'Young Designer of The Year' 2014. The brand's latest collection ‘PAUSED’ launched on the 1st October 2016 in Jenners, Edinburgh. Rachel McMillan was recently announced as one of Scotland’s emerging designers to be supported by Fashion Foundry, a year’s mentoring programme that has so far allowed the designer to exhibit to the two creative directors of TopShop.
Zoe East, 22 – Opal Video
Zoe runs Opal video, a business producing short documentary style videos for independent businesses who aim to have a positive impact on their audiences through what they do. The videos are relaxed, passionate and intend to give an insight into parts of the organisation that may not otherwise be seen.
Opal aims to have a positive impact on independent and handmade industries in particular, to open the minds of members of the public who more often than not buy mass produced, generic products and to encourage them to make different choices and stray from the norm.