The Born Freelancer on Not Sharing Unmerited Credit

This series of posts by the Born Freelancer shares personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

 

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Earlier this year I wrote about protecting your ideas while still participating in the rough and tumble world of freelancing.

One of the best ways to do that is to make them as uniquely your own as possible. This becomes increasingly more practical as your brand becomes better known.

But it’s also important to use caution when collaborating with others in order to bring your ideas into the marketplace.

I would like to share a cautionary tale to illustrate the type I hope you never have to suffer.

This particular collaboration necessitated the sharing of “creative intel,” not with another writer but with an actor in order to try and sell a project. Having a recognized actor associated with a speculative script (especially in the world of episodic television) can help “green-light” a worthy but otherwise anonymous project.

These associations are usually mutually profitable. They can be the beginning of lifelong associations that eventually benefit all parties. Sometimes they fizzle out despite everyone’s best efforts. And, on occasion, they can be problematic.

In creative collaborations of all kinds, safeguards should be introduced early in the process so as not to jeopardize the health of a project, not to mention its creator.
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Posted on November 21, 2019 at 9:43 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Nov 12-18

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler?

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From around the web:

Recently on Story Board:

  • Balancing freelance work with creative projects: No matter how amazing the gig, over time everything becomes a job. At some point in my work life I had set aside my personal projects, not realizing it was those creative exercises that gave me drive and passion. I was relying on work to energize me but it was doing the opposite…

Spot a story you think we should include in next week’s Off the Wire? Email the link to editor@thestoryboard.ca or tweet us at @storyboard_ca.

Posted on November 17, 2019 at 9:24 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Balancing freelance work with creative projects

by Robyn Roste 

One damp, dreary winter’s night I sat in bed staring at my phone. I felt the same as usual—bored and listless. On paper everything was great, my days were filled with work, friends and activities. The problem? I fell into bed each night drained rather than energized.

I did a quick review of my average day and realized I was stuck in a passive routine. Each morning I dragged myself out of bed and got ready for work. I spent my day pouring myself into my job before going to the gym or out with friends, followed by watching television until I couldn’t keep my eyes open.

Even though I loved my work, I was in a rut. I needed something that would fuel my creative spark and refill my energy.

The problem with work

No matter how amazing the gig, over time everything becomes a job. At some point in my work life I had set aside my personal projects, not realizing it was those creative exercises that gave me drive and passion. I was relying on work to energize me but it was doing the opposite.

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Posted on November 12, 2019 at 8:38 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: 

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Nov 5-11

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler?

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From around the web:

Recently on Story Board:

  • CMG election information for CBC freelancers: The Canadian Media Guild Freelance Branch is reminding any freelancer who has completed any freelance contract since January 1st, 2019 for CBC/Radio Canada that you are eligible to sign a membership card in CMG and vote and/or run in the upcoming CMG union-wide elections…

Spot a story you think we should include in next week’s Off the Wire? Email the link to editor@thestoryboard.ca or tweet us at @storyboard_ca.

Posted on November 10, 2019 at 3:56 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

CMG election information for CBC freelancers

The Canadian Media Guild Freelance Branch is reminding any freelancer who has completed any freelance contract since January 1st, 2019 for CBC/Radio Canada that you are eligible to sign a membership card in CMG and vote and/or run in the upcoming CMG union-wide elections.

Your contract must be either a: freelance specific services, freelance contributor, or technical freelancer contract with CBC. The amount of the contract doesn’t matter, you have already paid 1.55% of your pay to CMG in union dues, but you must sign a membership card in order to be eligible to vote or run in the election. You can do that easily online at this link.

At the dropdown menu for ‘Employer’, select ‘Freelance – CBC/Radio-Canada. You will then be sent a membership number you can use in our electronic voting system.

We are seeking CBC-Freelance candidates for President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer. Nominations are now open, and close at 5pm ET on Friday, November 8th. Online voting takes place December 5th to 9th.

For more information on the election, go to this link.

For questions about responsibilities involved in holding office in the Branch, please contact current Branch President Don Genova at freelance@cmg.ca.

Posted on November 5, 2019 at 9:25 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Oct 29-Nov 4

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler?

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From around the web:

Recently on Story Board:

Spot a story you think we should include in next week’s Off the Wire? Email the link to editor@thestoryboard.ca or tweet us at @storyboard_ca.

Posted on November 3, 2019 at 4:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

National Magazine Awards seeking judges for 2020 awards season

If you’re a freelance writer, illustrator, photographer or digital creator who publishes a significant amount of your work in Canadian publications, you’re invited to apply to be a judge for the 2020 National Magazine AwardsDigital Publishing Awards, or National Magazine Awards: B2B.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation welcomes applications from freelancers, especially ones who have been nominated for or won a National Magazine Award themselves. The foundation aims to reflect diversity on their judging panels and is interested in receiving applications from people with different industry perspectives.

The judging process takes place remotely and will happen during February and March 2020.

To apply to be a judge or to nominate a colleague, email staff@magazine-awards.com with a few sentences that outline your professional experience. For more information, see this page on the National Magazine Awards website.

Applications for the magazine awards themselves will open on December 2.

Posted on October 30, 2019 at 9:06 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Off the Wire: News for the Canadian media freelancer Oct 22-28

Once a week, we gather stories about the media business, journalism, writing, communications, and freelancing—with a Canadian focus—and share them in Off the Wire. Who needs a water cooler?

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From around the web:

Recently on Story Board:

Spot a story you think we should include in next week’s Off the Wire? Email the link to editor@thestoryboard.ca or tweet us at @storyboard_ca.

Posted on October 27, 2019 at 6:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

3 Social Media Posting Formulas for Service-Based Freelancers

by Robyn Roste

Having an online presence helps potential clients learn more about who you are, what you do and why they should hire you.

And while most freelancers understand this, it’s still easy to overlook social media as an important piece of any online content marketing strategy.

Regardless of its positive or negative impact, social media is one of the main ways we connect with each other. And it can be a significant business tool for freelancers.

For example, in the last week I received an inquiry through LinkedIn messaging, responded to a call for pitches on Twitter and negotiated an assignment using Facebook messenger.

Despite people’s claims of quitting social media, BroadbandSearch projects 40 per cent of the world’s population will be on social media by 2021.

From a marketing perspective, having a social media presence makes sense. This is where people gather in the digital landscape. For many prospects, social media is the first touchpoint they’ll have with a business and it’s where they’re comfortable interacting.

Being present and active on relevant social networks is a fabulous opportunity to help people as well as share your unique knowledge and expertise. Through authentic interactions, you build trust with your followers. People hire people they trust.

Choosing platforms

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Posted on October 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

Vocal Fry Studios hosts podcast events in Toronto

Podcasting is here to stay. All you need as evidence of that is the success of independent podcasting companies such as Toronto’s Vocal Fry Studios.

Vocal Fry has a busy couple of weeks ahead with several community and educational events on their calendar, and CMG Freelance is proud to be playing a part in some of them.

Cavern of Secrets

This week the studio is re-launching the podcast Cavern of Secrets. Every day from October 21 to 26, they’re dropping a new episode of this popular podcast.

On October 27, Vocal Fry will be hosting a live show of Cavern of Secrets. Guests at the live taping include Thirst Aid Kit’s Nichole Perkins and Bim Adewunmi, BAFTA-winning screenwriter Kyrell Grant, author Marlowe Granados, writer and author Anne T. Donahue, and New York Times best-selling author Mary H.K. Choi.

You can buy tickets to that event right here.

Podcast Night School

Vocal Fry is also working with several partners, including CMG Freelance, to teach the art of podcasting this month at Podcast Night School, Canada’s first podcast accelerator and pitch competition.

Starting on October 27, a full class of 20 students will hear from speakers such as Dan Misener and Jenna Misener-Zuschlag of the podcast Grown-ups Read Things They Wrote As Kids, Fatima Zaidi of Quill Marketplace, Jeff Ulster of TPX, and others. It wraps up with a pitch competition at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival on November 6 where students will pitch their podcasts to an expert panel of judges.

“At Vocal Fry Studios, we’re committed to being a part of the podcast creator community and Podcast Night School is part of that effort,” said Vocal Fry Studios’ Vicky Mochama via email last week.

Whether you’re registered for Podcast Night School or not, you’re invited to attend their masterclass on Friday November 1. It will be a night to network and talk podcasting with Pineapple Street Media’s co-founder Jenna Weiss-Berman, Takara Small of The Globe and Mail’s I’ll Go First, and Piya Chattopadhyay of CBC’s Out In The Open.

You can find tickets to that event right here.

 

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,