My First Week as a Freelancer

So last week Thursday was my last day as a McCann Port-of-Spain employee, and the day was bitter sweet. I said my good byes and that night I went with some friends to our favourite, Dr!nk Lounge & Bistro, to celebrate with some ... well ... Dr!nks. After that we went to Paprika, and then we went to 51. Fast forward a few hours and it's now 9am and my alarm is buzzing because I have a meeting at 10...no rest for the wicked. Day 1 is followed up with 2 more meetings, both back to back in Starbucks. One with a friend/client and his business advisors to talk about a package design I had done the first draft of a while ago; the second meeting with Kevin (Deftment business partner) and an amazing photographer that we will be working with on Deftment's 2017 lookbook ... stay tuned for more of that.

Last photo with some of the McCann Ideation team

Last photo with some of the McCann Ideation team

Day 2 of freelancing was a Saturday and I was off to Starbucks to get a head start on some work that I had due Monday. The evening was spent printing t-shirts for Printmint/ chilling with friends. That night was an early night because the next morning was an early rising morning helping out Alex with a photoshoot on Las Cuevas beach, which is amazing early in the morning (except for the sand flies.)

Early morning Las Cuevas.

Early morning Las Cuevas.

On day 4, my first Monday as a freelancer, I went to Starbucks to work on a new branding and packaging project that y'all can look out for in the next couple of months once the project is launched. Alex and I also had a nice long conversation with the amazing photographer, Marlon James, who was sat next to us. I was worried about leaving the creative haven of McCann, but alas, Starbucks may be a good replacement. I also spilled half of my (hot) black coffee on my leg and all over the floor...I was amazed at how much liquid was in that cup. On day 5 (Tuesday) I worked from home and had a pretty productive morning. In the afternoon I went to the gym, and upon leaving I noticed that the weather was suited more for the beach, and not so much for in front of my computer...so I gave my (self employed) sister a call and off we went to Maracas Bay. More work ensued that evening however.

At least I got some inspiration for an illustration on the way to the beach!

At least I got some inspiration for an illustration on the way to the beach!

On day 6 I was back in Starbucks for an early morning meeting and design session...nothing too exciting, but quite productive. The afternoon was spent working from home, and the night was spent printing t-shirts. One week after my last McCann day was a good one. I woke up later than usual (9am) because of the late night the night before, and worked all morning from home. At 3pm I went to Trotters to watch my first mid week Manchester United game in a long time! That evening was spent having some beers with friends and nicely capping off my first week being self-employed (or un-employed depending on who you speak to.) Here's to many more!