Introducing Gary Collett. Freelance illustrator and visualiser.
FF: Hi Gary and welcome to Freelance Faces. How did you start out as a freelancer?
Gary: The Ad Agency I was working for put me on a contract instead of staff and it started from there.
Why do you choose to freelance?
Just too old and ugly to have on staff. No - really, I'm too specialised.
What are your specialities?
I'm essentially a visualiser doing visuals for any media, especially storyboards, but now branching out into illustration. Almost everything is now done using Photoshop (Adobe).
How does freelancing affect your lifestyle?
Since I work from my home studio, my isolation pretty much ensures little interaction with other people in the industry.
So, if anyone has a group working environment out there (Brisbane) that I could physically hook up with - would love to hear about it! However, working from home gives me great flexibility in how and when I work. Since my work comes in from many different time zones - it's the only way.
What has been your career highlights?
That would have been various campaigns when I worked as an Art Director prior to working as a freelance visualiser/illustrator. I spent about ten years overseas in Ad Agencies in Singapore, Paris, Miami and New York.
How do you usually source freelance work?
Generally word-of-mouth and my website which tends to pop up on page one of Google.
How did you find out about the Freelance Factory?
Don't recall exactly, but probably via internet search. Excellent concept.
What other interests do you have?
I paint, attend life drawing groups and dabble in Real Estate (where the real money is) and still travel OS. Attend Buddhist retreats. Spent a couple of months in the US recently on retreat and visiting far flung children. Spend a lot of time in our beach house in Byron Bay. (The beach house is for sale by the way!) www.byron-bay-beach-house.com
FF: Thanks for your time Gary! It's great to have you on board.
Gary is based in Brisbane and is available Australia-wide and internationally.
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