I don’t remember the date I went solo, but it was around this week last year, so we’ll consider today my first anniversary as a freelancer. This, dear reader, is a big deal.
Freelancing is difficult. It might be more difficult when you make the decision to work on your own in a split second, in the middle of the worst economy our generation has seen, with no planning, and no savings, behind you. At the time, though, it was the best option. I had looked through employment boards and the listings for my field had run dry. The last thing I was going to do was take another job that was beneath my education and experience level. If I was going to have to struggle to make ends meet– and, judging from what I saw, that would have been the case– I might as well do it on my own terms.
I wouldn’t say this year has been a runaway success, but, it’s progress. In the past year, I’ve had the chance to work with people I really like on projects I loved. I got to DJ again, something that I had desperately missed while I was holed up in an office uploading slideshows and writing Facebook status updates. Thanks to everyone (you know who you are) who helped with jobs and moral support. In hindsight, this whole freelance thing is going a lot better than I thought it was. I’m certain, though, that the next 12 months will be far more awesome.
Tonight, I’m going to celebrate this milestone the best way I can. I’ll be spinning my favorite records at Underground, at the Grand Star in Chinatown, sometime between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. Please feel free to stop by and say hi. If you want to go, you can RSVP either on the Underground website or on the club’s Facebook page. An RSVP gets you and one guest in for free before 10 p.m. or $5 thereafter.