Brief followup on IGDAM freelancing talk

Just a very short followup:

The audio from Mick Gordon’s presentation at IGDA is now available online at the IGDA Melbourne blog. (actually, it was available a few days back, but I haven’t been able to get on here to post)

Also, on the topic of freelancing, I finally watched Mike Monteiro’s most excellent talk on dealing with clients and money – “F*ck you. Pay me.” If it seems confrontational from the title, it’s anything but.It’s about getting to a place where you can do your best work, because you know that you’re protected from all of those ‘what if’ scenarios that can sap away your energy and get between you and your best work.

That being said, if strong language offends, there is a measure of that in there. Forewarned!

Can’t recommend it enough. And on that note, I’m starting to sort out contracts and legal representation this week, which is something I would have liked to have done much earlier, but for time. I haven’t been burnt by bad situations yet, so here’s hoping I can follow good advice before having to learn the hard way.

IGDA’s Awesome Freelancing Talk



I made it back to IGDA Melbourne this month after work got in the way last month, and boy was I glad I did. This month was a presentation by Mick Gordon on freelancing, which is something that I’m spending a lot of cycles on at the moment. Mick is (going by the description on his website) a composer, sound designer and audio director, and prolific freelancer with some impressive credits to his name (like Dead Space 3!) and a real handle on how to manage freelancing.

Mick’s energy level and dedication to the audience was incredible. He got what he wanted to say out as succinctly as he could (showing the time he put into the presentation, and honoring people’s time) and he devoted as much time as he could to answering questions. And when he was answering questions, he was committed to giving people a satisfactory answer.

The presentation itself was broken down into three key sections:
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