We are going to be exploring the ways in which creative people find independent success. I do not mean getting jobs (which is fine and all), or doing freelance (which is also fine), but we are going to look at and build a basis for all creative people to find independence through the creation of the artwork or creative content that YOU own and control rights to, because you made it. We will be sharing a lot of info in the coming months and welcome all contributions to this effort.
This chart I made for ConceptArt.Org 4.0 aka Dreamfuel should give you a good idea of an overview of those possible paths. This does not cover the entire massive list I made, but it gives a good overview.
In business, every successful independent company has multiple sources of revenue. Those that last, never rely on one alone. Coca-cola sells far more than just Coke right? Rovio sells apps/games but also sells toys and has animation in the works...not to mention angry birds candy, halloween costumes and everything else. If their games business dried up their toys would carry them through til another hit. In fact their largest money maker is their toy line.
Now, in the industry today we all spend our careers when working for others (as I have with MB and the prior companies I worked for like Black Isle, Activision, and Universal), or when doing freelance we do that too. Odds are great that all rights are signed away, sold away from that weekly paycheck or a fee. I remember being told that the guy who made the nike logo was paid only a small amount for that branding, now it is in the minds of billions as a cultural symbol. That is not the fate, we as creatives, are bound to. There are ways in which creativity can lead to success while retaining ownership of our work, of our rights. It is only through the ownership of our IP, of our intellectual property, of the rights to our personal work, that we can truly find independent success and creative freedom without being beholden to the cube life, left out to dry when layoffs come, or be stuck wondering when the next freelance gig is going to come.
In this forum we are going to discuss the path of the independent creatives and explore the methods and choices that make that possible. There are great examples of those who do, and we can look at those too. With that in mind we made this for you all and look forward to fully expanding it. May more answers be found all the time. Welcome to the new forums. Please share your truths, your questions and more. This place will be what we make of it. We are here to help.