Getting flash Jobs
I am video guy and know FCP, DVD Stud Pro, PhotoElem, and have been teaching myself Flash.
I am wondering what the Flash world of employment is like? There seems to be more gigs for flash and they seem higher paid than video. Can I make a living if I learn flash and work out of the house? What other programs should I know to go with flash & how long would it take me to start getting some flash gigs? So far I am finding it easy but that of course is the key framing part which is similar to video. I assume I would have to do some freebies to build my portfolio. Any advice is appreciated.
You can make a living out of flash, if freelancing interests you? But if you want to earn the big money using flash, I suggest learning some back-end server stuff, like PHP and mysql.
Have you tried looking for work which involves both video and flash?
I do like working out of the house as a freelancer for video. But being at a company as the flash guy would be fine to but if I had to choose I would freelance. Right now I would take anything. I like doing a project, finishing it with happy client and then moving on.
A friend who does PHP I believe but not flash oriented says I could make $30-40 an hour doing flash web design. But I imagine that is after I got good with it.
I have not tried looking for video/flash work. I am just learning flash but knowing FCP is making it pretty easy so far but haven't tackled any Action Script. I have never programmed before in any way.
How long do you think it will take me to learn flash & HTML and then the back end stuff and then get some jobs?
I really like what you can do with flash and that is my first motivation, 2ndly would be working from home.
Appreciate the advice.
Don't know if you are already freelancing?
Luckily for me when I started freelancing, I had a few connections and old friends. This would help.
Also if you want to get paid on time go through an agency, but remember to put the costs in for everything whether it be a laptop, paper and pen, for mr tax man at the of end of the year.
Make sure you have a portfolio to show clients, and put it across you know what your talking about. For me I never gave quotes on the spot, instead I always got back to them on the same day or the day after... but and I can't stress this enough... be realistic with your quote don't undersell yourself in order to get the deal, even have some savings to fall back on, when months are quite like around xmas.
As for flash and backend programming that may take a while, it all depends on how interesting you find it. But with knowledge of these things you will be able to charge the higher amounts, rather than just being able to animate in flash. I know freelancers who only do print work and the money is just enough to get buy. The more you know and can do, the better!
Also like you say, you can complete one job for a client and that is it. If you liked working for them fine, but if not you can always be busy when they next call!!! Once you get a few clients/agencys that have experience of working with you, that should keep you busy. And if you are good enough you will have work constantly coming in, and more importantly you will be your own boss!
I'm not saying this is the law of freelance, but it worked for me, for several years. Now I work for a company and do all the video work which is even better!
Fool is I, you already are freelancing!!
You are already for a similar field so switching to flash wouldn't be problem. Flash alone wouldn't help. Because you are going to do freelancing and for that you have to learn flash from both designer's and developer's point of view. I mean You have to understand the timeline, which should not be a problem as you already know FCP, But you will have to learn Actionscripting and if you don't have a taste for programming then that wouldn't help you a lot.
If you have programming experience and can code easily, then my suggestion is to go for Adobe Flex, otherwise, if you have decided to switch to flash design related field then you need to know the following at least:
> Photoshop or Fireworks
> Swift 3D
> After Effects
> Freehand or Illustrator
> Dreamweaver a bit
Hey thanks guys.
I am getting a little depressed though as it looks like I will need to learn a bunch of programs. COuld take me a year or so to learn them well no? and then awhile to build my portfolio unless I can find someone who can use what I know. I am finding learning flash natural and intuitive.
I have never done any scripting and don't know if I will like that. I know that I love what I see one can do with flash and this reminds me somewhat of video.
Grafxflow - can you tell me what you mean by print work ?
One person I know who works for a company that uses Flash animators says they are always hiring and firing young kids who are great at flash but that since I am in my 40's I might want to reconsider. Personally I really need a good plan so that I know by the time I finish learning these programs that they are still relevant and needed and I can make some money.
Any thoughts on how long it will take me and how relevant these programs will be in a year or so?
[You Can Call Me Al] "Grafxflow - can you tell me what you mean by print work ?"
It could range from allsorts, but if you haven't got connections or a decent portfolio I reckon you would get mostly boring/brain-numbing work at first. It all depends on the agency or company, last thing you want... is to get bored or loose interest in freelancing, or even worse the creative industry fullstop!
A definite is to get yourself a website with your portfolio, and so doing learn more about using flash. If you need any help then look no further than this forum, or http://www.flashkit.com for download examples - that helped me in the early days of learning flash.
The first work I got after Uni was print, but I found it too limiting on the creative front. So I started using flash, and it progressed from there. Learning actionscript should be a breeze it depends on how far you wish to take it? I would use print as a fallback when times are slow on the freelancing front!
grafx that flow!
Ok thanks grafxflow.
I will continue with flash and see where it takes me.
I will probably be back with some questions on flash.