In today’s saturated media industry, freelancers may find it difficult to remain competitive and find jobs. Chuck Hüber and Colleen Clinkenbeard, who have both worked as directors at FUNimation, explain that media practitioners may overcome these challenges by building their network, fostering strong relationships with their clients, and retaining their audiences.
According to a study by Forbes (2019), 35% of workers in the USA have opted to work on an ad-hoc basis. As a result, the number of freelancers in the U.S. has increased 57 million by 2019, comprising more than one third of workers in the economy (Booth, 2019).
Chuck Hüber, ADR Director at the post-production studio FUNimation, explains that this trend is also inherent in FUNimation, which employs contractional employees for a certain period of time.
Whilst full-time employees may enjoy the safety of a stable paycheck, Chuck admits that contract employees must “work many jobs at once” and are “always figuring out ways to make ends meet.”
In order to thrive as a freelancer, Chuck and Colleen emphasize the importance of building strong relationships with new and existing clients. They suggest several useful tips on how this may be achieved:
Tip 1: Network with Industry Professionals
Building a career as a voice actor or director may be a daunting task. Given that the media industry is insanely competitive, opportunities may seem scarce, and it may be hard to stand out from the crowd.
Chuck Hüber is an actor, director and script-writer at FUNimation (USA), has endured difficulties in his career, and has overcome is challenges with flying colours. Having worked several notable projects, such as Yu Yu Hakusho, Soul Eater, and Dragon Ball Z, Chuck shares his top three tips about staying in the game.
About the Journalist
Tiffany Lim has worked with several notable organisations with marketing and project management, such as Cartoon Network, Bossini Singapore, and Singapore’s primary broadcaster Mediacorp. She is a journalist whose network includes executives from international organisations, such as The Walt Disney Company, Turner Broadcasting System, Nickelodeon and FUNimation.
Tiffany is a speaker who has addressed polytechnic students in Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic. She has also spoken in educational institutions (IMDA Labs, National Library Board) and literary festivals (All In! 2018).
More details may be found on her official website.