The Freelance Manifesto

Joey Korenman

Designing beautiful boards and making smooth animation come naturally to us Motion Designers. It’s what we’re good at. However, designing the career we want, with the freedom, flexibility, and pay we crave, that’s more difficult. All of the above is within your grasp if you’re willing to take the plunge into freelancing.

School of Motion founder Joey Korenman worked in every kind of Motion Design role before discovering that freelancing offered him not only more autonomy but also higher pay, less stress, and more creativity. Since then, he’s taught hundreds of School of Motion students his playbook for becoming a six-figure freelancer. Now he shares his experience and advice on breaking out of the nine-to-five mold in this comprehensive and tactical handbook. The Freelance Manifesto offers a field guide for Motion Design professionals looking to make the leap to freelance in two clear and concise parts. The first examines the goals, benefits, myths, and realities of the freelance lifestyle, while the second provides future freelancers with a five-step guide to launching and maintaining a solo business, including making contact, selling yourself, closing the deal, being indispensable, and becoming a lucrative enterprise.

If you’re feeling stifled by long hours, low-paying gigs, and an unfulfilling career, make the choice to redesign yourself as a freelancer—and, with the help of this book and some hard work, reclaim your time, independence, and inspiration for yourself.

Press & Praise

Justin Cone, Motionographer

"The future is freelance. But that doesn't mean it'll be easy. If you're looking for greater independence while also gaining more control over your life and your financial future, this is an excellent roadmap for your journey."

Kyle Martinez,

"Within the first three months of following Joey's tips on getting booked, I had a client ask what they needed to do to make sure I was available. That's a lot of power for a freelancer!"

Liam Clisham,

"I've been using Joey's lessons for over a year. In my first year of freelance, my goal was $100,000 in revenue. I was shy of that goal by about one project. This year using everything Joey teaches, if everything continues its course, I should reach that $100,000 in about nine months. I'd probably be doing business out of a cardboard box if I hadn't learned everything I did from Joey."

Joey Korenman

Joey Korenman is the founder and head instructor for School of Motion, an online school for Motion Designers all over the world. Before finding his true calling as an educator, he was a working Motion Designer for over a decade, climbing the ranks from junior artist to freelancer to studio head and back to freelancer. Since founding School of Motion, he has dedicated his time to teaching aspiring and working Motion Designers how to be effective, high level, and in demand in their professional careers.

Joey has also presented and run workshops for Wacom, Shutterstock, Adobe, and the Ringling College of Art & Design, and acted as emcee at Blend, a Motion Design festival held in Vancouver, British Columbia. School of Motion content has been featured by Adobe, Maxon, and The Foundry.

When not teaching or animating, Joey is busy training for marathons in the sunny state of Florida. He lives there with his wife and three children. He is also a taco enthusiast.

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