Regardless of whether you are a seasoned professional, or are new to the world of the creative industry, staying visible and having continuous work is not an easy task. Amongst the innumerable amount of tasks that you have on your hands, you also have to think about funding those all-important purchases that are the difference between gaining work and having a woefully quiet telephone line. In this guide, we will tell you what you need to be thinking about to help you stay visible within your industry and how a GREENKARDPro discount card for creative professionals can help.
For the entertainer
Promotional material that shows you in the best light
For the musician, actress, singer or extra, the importance of promotional material is not to be underestimated. Having a photo-shoot with anyone less than a pro can leave you with photos that are practically useless when sat in a pile of hundreds of others. You need a professional picture that brings out your true self and acts as a canvas for casting directors to use.
There is no getting away from the fact that good photography costs money and your budget must be prioritised with a focus upon promotional material. GREENKARDPro’s discount card can help ensure that you get the best deals, from the best photographers in the industry, as well as ensuring you get vital discounts on other promotional materials. Be sure to visit “Our Partners” page of the website and explore the range of discounts available to our members.
The cost of looking your best each and every day
In the entertainment industry, looking your best should be at the forefront of your mind. First impression matters a lot, because often you do not get a second chance to impress. Sometimes, putting your best foot forward means appearing at auditions looking the part, which may involve shopping and exhausting your budget. In addition, those beauty treatments prior to an audition can prove to be vital in ensuring you are relaxed enough to put on your best performance. Whilst the innumerable amount of haircuts and colourings, facials and spray tans can cost a significant amount month on month; the GREENKARDPro discount card partners features some of the most talented beauticians and hair stylists around; and all at exclusive prices for creative professionals. Why not take advantage of the savings on offer.
For the filmmaker, designer and the photographer
Staying at the forefront of design with technology
As any filmmaker, designer or photographer will know, the ever advancing range of technologies available are nothing short of staggering, and keeping at the forefront of them can be the difference between surpassing your competitors or being surpassed. GREENKARDPro discount card helps with what can be significant investments, by ensuring our members receive exclusive discounts for the technology they purchase. You can also save money on “The Green Room” forum, by helping each other, networking with other members, collaborating and sharing money saving tips specific to your field.
Growing your contracts through impressive networking
For any creative industry professional, there are few tasks that are as important as growing a valuable network. Ensuring that you have the best prices on the most impressive venues around is vital if you are to meet contacts in an environment that fosters good relationships and provides for professional meetings. The GREENKARDPro discount card have partnered with some of the most respected venues around, ensuring that your budget can stretch to that all important meeting setting or casting and rehearsal venues.
Whatever area of the creative industry you are in, you are there because you have the skills and talents. It is true that many take up part time work in pubs, restaurants and factories, whilst awaiting for their big break. However, a savvier use your talents can help to subsidise your living.
Using your talent to tutor
Private tutoring can help any creative professional when funds are tight, and can see you earning in excess of £20 per hour. So why not take to your local online notice boards and place a few free ads? Using your talent to tutor is a far more interesting a way to earn part time doing what you enjoy. You can even post your services free on the GREENKARDPro forum! It is a great way to get the word out there and network with like-minded people.
Good PR is great, but FREE PR is even better! Whatever your industry you can gain free PR through local papers and radio stations through activities such as lending your services to charities for free. If you are a musician, then why not visit your local care home to entertain the residents? Get people and the local press talking about you and what you do!
Take a look at what local charities appeal to you (as well as checking out their all-important social media followers, who they will no doubt shout out to about your services, if they are impressed). You could also consider national charities, who will inevitably have a larger reach. Doing these types of activities may additionally lead to part time, flexible paid work.
Social media networking is a must if you want to stay ahead of the competition. Practically everyone has an online presence and being a creative professional makes you no different. In fact, it means that you should be using social networks in a more creative way; so if you are an actress why not upload some engaging Youtube videos (not just your showreel, something fun and captivating) showcasing your talent? Or if you are a web designer, how about running a competition for free design services to build your fan base?
Even if you are in a field where you think that opportunities may not arise through social networking websites, you may be pleasantly surprised by coming into contact with exactly the right person, at exactly the right time. In particular, you should make use of LinkedIn, which is specifically designed for professional networking and of cause industry forums like GREENKARDPro’s forum “The Green Room”.
There are a number of services that any creative professional will need; from accountancy services that ensure you stay friends with the intimidating tax man, legal for those all-important contracts; to insurance and cleaning services for those that have a physical business base. Whilst these costs are far from as enjoyable as getting your hair done or indulging in beauty services, there are, inarguably, necessary. GREENKARDPro discount card have partnered with professional firms nationwide to provide these services at exclusive discounts to its cardholders.
The GREENKARDPro discount card is making the lives of creative professionals a whole lot easier. From discounted hair services that keep aspirational actresses beautiful, to the technology that gives designers the edge. Ensure that you save on the essential services that keep you growing as a creative professional with a dedicated discount card for creative professionals. Do not forget to also take advantage of the various advice and opportunities on the “Resources” section of the website and join the “Forum” for exclusive networking opportunities. Did you know you could advertise your services on the forum for FREE? Why not join the GREENKARDPro community today! Sign up free to receive our newsletters.