Being Freelance
Side Projects Are Investments - Script Writer Tim Clague
Sep 20, 2015 · 30 min
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Tim is a freelance storyteller. As a BAFTA nominated film maker, video creative and script writer, he sees 'side projects' as investments in his business: producing work you love should draw people you'd love to work with to you. This... is his story.

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Here’s some of the key takeaway points:

  • Tim started freelancing by going part-time at his job
  • When people say ‘what do you do?’ He tells them what he’s done
  • Side projects shouldn’t be considered ‘side’ projects, they’re projects - they’re not fluff, they’re investing in you
  • Use side projects to evolve your skills and creativity in the
    direction you want to head; the worst thing you can do is… nothing
  • With your side work you start to build gravity and people start to be drawn to you for what you do, instead of chasing work the whole time
  • For Tim, side project collaboration is key: share the risk and the reward. It also helps with the isolation of freelancing
  • Stop worrying about and chasing work and take that time/energy to create amazing things that draw work to you
  • It gets to the point when you become confident the phone will ring
  • Don’t fear time of no work between jobs, embrace it to develop yourself
  • Doing his podcast has been a great networking opportunity of meeting incredible script writers; it’s got him to be better known within the industry

More from Tim

Tim's site

Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? film site

UK Scriptwriters Podcast

BFI London Film Festival page for Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? (October 2015)

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