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Unless you are fortunate enough to be in full time employment the life of a freelancer is a balance of periods of almost unbearable intensity of work and unbearable periods of idleness. By its very nature you’re either working with an eye on the next job or actively looking for more work. How you manage this depends largely on your temperament and you’ll know individuals who seem chaotic yet are constantly in demand and in work and others who seem chillingly organised yet seem always looking or between jobs.
What a freelancer needs is a thick skin, an ability to drop everything (and that includes your life outside of work) at a moment’s notice, a willingness to like a ‘challenge’, and a hunger that will cause you to reschedule, do double time, and ‘just deal with it’ rather than turn a job down even if your plate is pretty full already.
But it is the downtime that can be cruellest for the self-employed and even that long overdue and well-deserved holiday can cause you to question your inappropriate decadence. It is by definition an occupation and way of life that requires a strong draught of guilt to oil the wheels of industry. And analysing it doesn’t help because you know in your heart what your condition is yet you won’t do anything about it because it has proved to work for you. It’s not so much a formula for success as a guarantee not to fail.
There are teams, agencies, clusters of friends/colleagues and internet forums that all serve as ways of channelling work among those you know or recommend. For all the social activity, be it virtual or real, freelancers are individuals and tread a lonely path to the tax man and are judged on their own performance regardless of the particular and peculiar circumstances of a production.
For older campaigners who became freelancers almost unwittingly as their full-time jobs expired you can see how they might have eased themselves into the new way of life. For youngsters looking for a life in broadcast/film sound today the prospect must be terrifying. We all need to do our bit to welcome and share experience with those coming into our industry and instil in them that guilt work ethic.
The demonstration of practical networked products has signalled the continued acceptance of networking technologies for broadcast. SSL's PAUL MAC explains how IP-based broadcast infrastructure is a reality with the launch of the System T networked broadcast audio production environment.