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Archive for February, 2018

Simbi – An Excellent Tool for Creatives

It was a little more than a year back when I found Simbi via a post on a friend’s Facebook profile. After taking a few minutes to poke around the site, I was hooked. Now, “what is Simbi?” you might ask. Well, the most basic way to explain it would be a social network and community that is focused on the growing interest in a barter economy.

Sure, you can find all sorts of people looking for and offering a service or product related to almost any need whatsoever. But, since this is an arts-related blog, I have to say there are plenty of things on here sure to pull in the artists among us.

First, you can easily trade Simbi (the currency of the site) or do a even swap for anything from drawings to clothing. This is great from people who don’t have a lot of cash but could benefit from the work of someone like a cartoonist or logo designer.

Second, it’s a great opportunity for networking. There are groups on the platform in which people can discuss items related to their interests. I belong to a few including “Writer’s Club” and “Design Hub.” If there is not a group that fits what you want, you can start one.

Third, it can be a great testing ground to find out how people will respond to services you might be considering putting out there as a freelance gig.

Basically, Simbi is pretty awesome. Check it out for yourself and I bet you’ll agree.

Photographers and Professionalism

As a member of a number of groups geared toward the art of photography on Facebook and Google Plus, I’ve come to find that there truly are varying levels of professionalism among the ranks.

First off, let me state what may be obvious to some but not so much to others regarding the concept of being a professional. While some may think that the essence of professionalism is getting paid for the work you do, that in and of itself does not make one professional.

For example, if your cousin shoot shoots wedding pictures for you as a favor and you pay him $250, that dos not make him a professional any more than Michael Phelps was technically an “armature” swimmer during the Olympics. It’s so much more than this and these are the keys in my opinion.

Pros should have these qualities:

1. Carry on appropriate relationships with any collaborators

2. Get their work done in a timely manner

3. Do not consistently show late for events

4. Do not cancel without good reasons or at the last minute or simply don’t show up.

5. Responsive when people try to contact you by phone email.

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