We were thrilled to invite Alex Mathers down to FutureRising to ask a few questions about his career so far as a freelance illustrator for the likes of Google, Sony and Penguin. On top of that, Alex is the main man behind Red Lemon Club the home for helping individuals and small businesses win clients.
Alex speaks about starting his career in the creative industries, producing a successful creative portfolio, winning freelance work, securing internships as well as sharing his sources of inspiration and other top tips for creative success.
If you're looking for advice in a particular area, jump to that question using these timings:
- What did you study? (0:49 mins)
- How did you start out? (1:26 mins)
- Tell us about Red Lemon Club (2:11 mins)
- Becoming a freelancer (5:37 mins)
- Putting together a portfolio (3:25 mins)
- Advice for landing an internship (4:32 mins)
- Pitching for new work (5:26 mins)
- Where do find inspiration? (6:10 mins)
- Your stand out moment so far? (6:48 mins)
- Who would you like to share a desk with? (7:19 mins)
- One piece of advice for creatives everywhere (7:45 mins)
For more advice on design, including information on the various roles, useful links and an outline of how design studios work, take a look at our guide to the design industry.
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