24 episodes

Breaking into the creative world is hard enough—and making it as a full-time freelance designer is even tougher. Join host and freelance designer and illustrator Rocky Roark as he talks with special guests about all things freelancing. If you’ve been thinking about starting your own creative projects or you just want to hear thoughtful, actionable advice for your creative career, this podcast is for you.

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Breaking into the creative world is hard enough—and making it as a full-time freelance designer is even tougher. Join host and freelance designer and illustrator Rocky Roark as he talks with special guests about all things freelancing. If you’ve been thinking about starting your own creative projects or you just want to hear thoughtful, actionable advice for your creative career, this podcast is for you.

    The Unfortunate Decline of Dribbble | 023

    The Unfortunate Decline of Dribbble | 023

    I've been a fan of Dribbble for years—9 years to be exact. Unfortunately, I've seen the design community platform that I have loved for so many years decline over the last few years. In today's episode I talk about the highs, the lows, and what I think could help Dribbble bounce back. (:

    • 31 min
    Learning How to Pivot When Dealing with Clients | 022

    Learning How to Pivot When Dealing with Clients | 022

    A lesson I had early in my career after college was how important pivoting is when dealing with client work. It's something we all need to learn if we want to succeed not only in the creative world but in life as well. Take my experience as a lesson you can use in the future.

    • 26 min
    Being Reflective vs. Reactive | 021

    Being Reflective vs. Reactive | 021

    Most of us choose to react to things right away, such as feedback from a client. This isn't a good idea, especially when it comes to what we perceive as "negative feedback". Instead, we should stop ourselves and reflect on it before we react.

    • 19 min
    What Should Go Into Your Portfolio | 020

    What Should Go Into Your Portfolio | 020

    What's in your portfolio? It's something that not many people talk about besides the general line items like illustrations, logos, websites, etc. But what exactly goes into a portfolio to make it successful?

    • 25 min
    Interview with Tom Froese | 019

    Interview with Tom Froese | 019

    Our first new episode of 2020 features an interview I had with the award-winning illustrator Tom Froese—a freelance illustrator based out of British Columbia. Tom is not only an illustrator but a speaker and teacher on Skillshare—he's featured as a "Top Teacher."

    In today's episode, Tom shares his story on how he went from being a freelancer, then art director, and ended up choosing to work for himself full-time. He shares how originally he went to school for computer engineering but found his love in design and later illustration.

    If you would like to read an excerpt from the transcript of our interview, you can find one on the Blue Cyclops Design Co. blog.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    What Work Leads to More Work? | 018

    What Work Leads to More Work? | 018

    A question that I'm always asked on social media is "How do you get more clients or projects?" The easiest answer is to post more work across your social platforms, the better question though is "What work leads to more work?"

    In today's episode I answer that very question and share my own experiences in the process.

    • 14 min

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