One night after a show with my old band, I was approached by a guy from a record label. He wanted to talk about signing us, but I wasn’t interested. This wasn’t some shot at superstardom or anything—the guy was from a regional label I’d never heard of. Regardless, I politely declined. I’d rather retain full creative control and do things according to my own constitution than join a bigger team in exchange for some security. I’ve never once regretted that decision.
Since I left my previous gig there’s been some confusion about what I’m doing next. Mostly because—I’ll be honest—I had no idea myself. I wanted to take some time to think things through and see how I felt before jumping into anything. Along the way, I’ve been working hard on a podcast with my friend Lex, taking on some client work, speaking at conferences, and spending time with my friends. The freedom I’ve found has been creatively invigorating on every level.
I had forgotten how much being indie meant to me.
So I’m going freelance. Our corner of the industry is teeming with incredibly talented, thoughtful, amazing people. I’ve been fortunate to work with some of you. Now I want to work with everyone. I want to argue over interactions with you, teach you, learn from you, help you convince your clients to do the right thing, and help you make the great stuff I know you’re dying to make.
When I speak at conferences, the question I get asked most often is, “where do I find a designer?” Starting now, I’m open for business. I’ll get a site up with a fancy name soon enough, but in the meantime feel free to email me if you want to talk or poke through a portfolio.