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JB Casacop
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Sometimes, fresh grads would approach me and ask, "What are your secrets? How do you get your gigs?".

You see, I don't have any secrets to keep when it comes to my craft. I actually tell a lot provided there's time for a lengthy conversation. And why not? It's not like you can steal another person's career simply by knowing what he does and how he does it- at least not in this kind of profession. If the opposite were true, then all the artists out there who post free tutorials on YouTube or on their blogs, or those who publish how-to books should have been broke a long time ago. But that is simply not the case.

Being informed of how something is done and being able to do it are two different things. That's why we practice. The more we practice, the more gigs we get and the more gigs we are able to sustain. No magic. Just dedication.

Another question I am frequently asked is, "How should I price my work?" This is a bit challenging to explain to the younger ones. Most of them would say, "Well, I'm a newbie so I should probably charge low right?" Then there are those who would ask, "At what point do you transition from newbie rates to pro rates?"

Talking about this part of being a freelance illustrator could get tricky sometimes. Many professionals believe every time you sell your art cheap, you are actually destroying the industry because you are telling your clients it's okay to get low pay for hard work. While that does sound unfair, there's this notion of having to settle for less that's prevalent among many fresh grads who ask me about this topic. Still, there are those who think that having the lowest commission rates is something that would give them a competitive edge.

My take on this? I am in no position to tell you how much you should charge for your work. In fact, I don't think any professional has the authority or validation to dictate such things. So instead of asking me what sort of price-range I would recommend, how about asking yourself this: What rates will sustain me AND keep me happy enough to keep doing this kind of job? I put emphasis on the word "and" because I believe it's pointless to have a job you're not happy at all with.

That kind of makes sense to me. :)
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duncanli Mar 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
love your works! 
jpself13 Feb 26, 2014  New member
Love your warhammer invasion Bloodlust 
Do you find any time to design art for some home made custom cards ?
Please email me if you do have time and interest. Obviously there is a fee for the trouble.
John Rivera
1oshuart Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the watch ^^!
jbcasacop Dec 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! Sorry for the late response! I love your work! :)
KokiriKelly Sep 5, 2013  Student General Artist
 I love your art! :O It's so awesome!!Hug x
jbcasacop Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad my work appeals to you the way it does! :)
KokiriKelly Sep 13, 2013  Student General Artist
and Thank you for the watch :3 <3
David-Michaels Sep 3, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Featured in portuguese blog! Have a nice day!
jbcasacop Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for letting me know about the feature! :)
David-Michaels Sep 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
You're most very welcome!
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