Cat Rose (@CreativeIntro) is an independent graphic designer and founder of The Creative Introvert, a website and community for creative professions who share introverted personality types.

In this conversation, we discuss the oddities of life as a freelance designer, the observed behaviour of creative pros and where they fall on the introverted/extroverted continuum, and the challenges of building online communities and creating compelling content.

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“I don't know anyone who loves self-promo.”

—Cat Rose

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“I'm not an artist. I'm more of a mechanic.”

—Prescott Perez-Fox

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“I studied fine art, but it always felt pointless and self-indulgent.”

—Cat Rose

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“There's something to be learned from every project.”

—Cat Rose

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“I started to notice many of my creative friends were also introverts.”

—Cat Rose

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“Once you've started something you're more than halfway there.”

—Seneca

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Tools

Techniques

  • Set a brief for yourself to make fine arts more of a “project”
  • Build lasting relationships as a freelancer, even with your last employer
  • Go minimal, if you can. Don’t use a mouse and keyboard.
  • Learn quickly, trust that you can teach yourself new tools
  • Repurpose your content to serve different audiences (written vs. spoken vs. infographic)
  • Be careful when creating a community
  • Test and iterate, even on morning rituals
  • Replace “routine” with “rhythm”
  • Approach fearful projects in tiny increments (a six-second video vs. a feature film)

Habits

  • Use the software for its intended purpose!
  • Adapt to clients and their workflow
  • Compose your thoughts before filming/recording yourself; not everyone is an improviser.
  • Wake up 4:30-5:00am for early yoga, journaling, meditation
  • Do “the hardest thing” during coffee

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About the author: Prescott Perez-Fox

Prescott Perez-Fox is a New York-based graphic designer and brand developer with 17+ years experience in branding, packaging, graphic design, and web design. He runs The Busy Creator.

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