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.
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.)
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.
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!