National Freelancers Day 2017 promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a packed schedule of industry experts providing invaluable advice and support through a series of comprehensive seminars, masterclasses and workshops.
 
Whatever your industry, passion or age, this year’s NFD has something for you. Following three strands – student, new to freelancing and experienced freelancers – the day will include a host of tailor-made sessions covering everything you need to know about launching and running a stimulating and successful freelance business.
 
Emmeline Pidgen, an illustrator and IPSE’s reigning Inspire Freelancer of the Year, will be fielding questions and talking about her personal experiences of embarking on a freelance career.
 
Emmeline creates books, graphic narrative, branding and advertising illustration from a studio in the North West of England. Operating as Emmeline Pidgen Illustration, she has worked with companies such as Tesco, Egmont Publishing and Fat Face. She also runs an award-winning creative industries blog, and you can find her work featured in The Guardian, Creative Review and The Telegraph.
 
Emmeline said: “I’m incredibly excited about this year’s National Freelancer’s Day. Winning the award on NFD last year was so special, and in the year since, I’ve continued to be so incredibly inspired by our freelance community in this country, and I can’t wait to celebrate it!
 
“We’ll be discussing the success stories of past winners and finalists, so I’ll be sharing my experiences from my very first sprouting as a freelance illustrator six years ago, through the highs and lows, exciting creative projects and thoughts on the creative industries and freelancing as a whole.
 
“Our session is aimed at those who are in the early stages of freelancing, or who are thinking of taking the leap – students, graduates, newbies and people who are inspired by how incredible freelancing can be!
 
“I know that when I was starting out, it was listening to the advice and experiences of others that reassured me that, yes, I’m freelance, but that doesn’t mean I’m not part of a wider community facing these same issues. It’s important to talk openly about freelancing and our respective industries, and to learn from each other. This is your chance to listen to honest experiences of life as a successful freelancer, and advice on how to get to where you want to be in your career!”
 
Emmeline will be talking about her successes and providing expert, relatable advice from 15.45 – 16.15