i have so many friends with jobs and great opportunities opening up and i wanted to share with you the details in case you are on the lookout for work. you can always click that link up top in my navigation bar that says “jobs” to check the job listings on a regular basis. see if there is a position you might be the perfect fit for! (i’ll be adding even more soon!)
see the list below for job listings near you! keep in mind it is always best to send all appropriate links & materials when submitting for the positions. we can’t wait to hear from you. -bri
DESIGNLOVEFEST & BLOGSHOP JOBS AVAILABLE:
company: designlovefest | Los Angeles, CA
job title: creative contributor; photographer, stylist (prop or wardrobe)
tasks include: we’re always on the hunt for creative people to help us create compelling content. we’re constantly putting together photo and video shoots and have room to expand our team. have a talent we didn’t mention? feel free to send your portfolio our way!
more details: we are looking for someone who is eager to learn and contribute to the studio and brand. you’ll be perfect if you’re a fast learner, articulate communicator, highly organized and detail oriented, forward thinking, able to prioritize tasks AND super fun. This is a part time paid position for a trial of 3 months, with hopes to grow into full time.
contact: please send portfolio with links and a little bit about yourself to: email@example.com
MY FRIENDS HAVE JOBS FOR YOU TOO…
company: bash, please
job title: graphic design production assistant
tasks include: bash please is a creative event, interiors, and styling production team. we offer our clients full service coordination and design, and we’re looking for a savvy, beginning graphic designer to assist our main graphic designer. applicants must have a degree, or is currently a student studying graphic design, has a strong knowledge in type layout, owns a laptop and is proficient in adobe illustrator, photoshop, and indesign. Portfolio and resume are required for position.
contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / subject line: graphic design assistant
company: artist representation, inc. | burbank, CA
job title: social media intern
tasks include: the position includes developing, implementing and managing a social media platform and working closely with the agency owner to develop a consistent brand message. other opportunities include working directly with the roster of professional photographers, producing photo shoots, networking with industry personnel, editing images, creating marketing campaigns, managing photographer portfolios, producing estimates, and helping maintain the agency website.
more details: the internship requires a general knowledge of photography and a passion to learn more about the industry. candidates should be self-starters with web and computer savvy who posses a motivated and dynamic work ethic. a creative thinker with a strong knowledge of pop culture is a must. previous office experience and a vivacious personality and the ability to educate and inspire is a plus. there’s a strong possibility the position will grow into a paid position with the agency.
contact: for consideration, please email your resume to the agency owner, tricia burlingham, at email@example.com. personal references and a link to your website and/or other work is encouraged. for more information on the agency, please visit www.artistrepinc.com
company: P.F. Candle Co. | los angeles, CA
job title: Accounts & Office Assistant
tasks include: We are searching for a bright, organized, and hardworking individual to join our team full time. Our Accounts & Office Assistant will be responsible for aiding the flow between customers and our production team. Experience with computers, phones, and social media is a must. We are looking for a self-starter who is able to take initiative and anticipate the needs of our busy and growing company.
Tasks will include assisting in account management for our independent boutiques, responding to customer inquiries and following up with accounts receivable. This position requires customer service experience. Other tasks include:
• Ordering supplies and keeping stock of inventory
• Maintaining website and social media presence
• Facilitating flow between “front of house”/customer feedback and production staff
more details: We are a small-batch candle company based in downtown Los Angeles. We are currently a team of 6, and are looking for an office assistant to join our team full time. Previous office experience with a creative company or personal/administrative assistant experience is great.
contact: Send your resume, and a blurb about yourself, and any links to social media to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Job Inquiry – Office Assistant
company: roomforty | los angeles, CA
job title: events coordinator
tasks include: we are looking for someone with experience in events that can walk prospects through the sales process, and then coordinate their event from a catering perspective. the in house coordinator would be the primary contact for the client from the time of inquiry to the actual event day, and to that end has experience dealing with sales, client services, events, rentals, venues, and all of the accouterments of this industry. a critical distinction for interested parties is that our product is food AND service–so to that end, someone would need to either knowledgable about food, or a very quick study. we need someone who is an articulate communicator (both on the phone and in emails), psychotically organized, comfortable with the negotiation process, natural at selling, and can maintain grace under pressure. creating proposed menus and contracts is a big piece of the scope of work. to that end, this position juxtaposes the creative/intuitive (understanding the client’s vision and providing a resonant menu) and the administrative (minding the numbers of the contract, revising the contract, coordinating the details).
more details: the salary would be a combination of base plus commission. our office is located in highland park and and shares a property with the fig house.
contact: please email cover letter and resumé to email@example.com
company: drybar |irvine, CA
job title: graphic designer
tasks include: Eeerything from packaging, web updates, print, collateral, guerrilla marketing, emails, videos – literally everything under the sun. every day it’s something different!
more details: please apply only if you have an online portfolio, are able to work in-house in our irvine, CA office and you are looking for a full time position. you must be proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. ideally this position would start as freelance, with intent to hire. let’s date first, before we get married . for more info, please visit: https://www.thedrybar.com/designer
contact: firstname.lastname@example.org subject line: graphic designer applicant
company: deerfield | brooklyn, NY
job title: intern/freelance designer
tasks include: the candidate will be designing logos, packaging, experience design, promotional sales kits, assist on photoshoots and web design. a mastery of nuanced typography and adobe creative suite is a must, as well as attention to detail and an ability to work in a range of mediums from print to web. experience in hand illustration and print production is a real plus. a successful candidate will have an interest in current design and fashion trends and be able to exercise their skills on a variety of exciting and fast paced projects for high end clients.
more details: we are deerfield. deerfield is a boutique design agency located in williamsburg, brooklyn, first established in 2013 by partners yael eisele and melanie wiesenthal. we are problem solvers that believe in a cross section between art and commerce. we have a passion for launching new brands and inspiring existing ones to excellence. we believe in the power of strong design and that all brands benefit from a narrative that people can make an emotional connection to, no matter the medium. we aspire to create campaigns that are integrated across all channels and love to apply our skills to different formats be it print, packaging, online, video, visual merchandising or guerilla marketing.
(photo in poster by max wanger)
today’s question: “how do you say “no” to friends asking you to work for free?”
so your friend is starting a new company and needs help with all her branding, website, blog, etc. she knows you’re a kick ass designer and comes to you first because she trusts you… and also has no budget. we’ve all been there. it’s awkward. you’d love to help your friend out but your time is worth something too.
we’ve talked before about trading or giving a friend discount. you could find something between those two, but that doesn’t always work. both sides have to really stick to their side of the deal. if you make a trade be sure to put a time limit on that trade (something i recently learned). a friend of mine wanted to claim their side of the trade before my wedding. in hindsight i should’ve said no because i was in the thick of designing for myself and i was already overwhelmed. i said “sure!” because it was my turn to deliver. i didn’t give it my all like i should’ve and it was so stressful on top of my crazy work load.
if you end up saying yes and doing it for free (you’re a really good friend) still write a contract! tell your friend that you will treat her like any other client when you’re working together. be up front about what you will be giving her, how many rounds of revisions and when everything is due. also ask her to be professional with you. if she doesn’t take you seriously and wastes your time it could be a disaster. be honest and up front the entire time. if you feel like she is asking for too many revisions or not giving feedback in a timely manner SPEAK UP! you don’t want to let that because you will start to resent taking on the project and possibly your friend. bad combination.
i’ve helped out some friends for free but i made it very clear how much time i could spend with them on their project. so far, we’re all still friends.
this one is hard because i have had some really amazing experiences working for friends at no charge. i considered them fun, creative, easy projects and a lot of them turned out that way. but i will also tell you that some of my least favorite projects have been for friends because it is hard to put boundaries on a project. one of my worst experinces was for a mutual friend that i did a favor for (because i thought “if my friends love this person, so will i!”) WRONG. i wasn’t professional enough from the start, i didn’t have a proper contract, and things turned really sour. endless revisions, she had a really bad attitude and was very needy. but you know what, it was my fault for assuming that things would be just fine. lesson learned.
i have also had friends come out of the woodwork needing free design work (you know, the ones you haven’t talked to in years and then all of a sudden need a favor?) and that’s when i had to put my foot down. it will never be easy to say no to a real friend that needs help. i can sit here and tell you to just give them a discounted rate instead…but i am guilty of doing a lot of free work for friends because i just really like the person. or the project. but when someone you haven’t talked to all year needs you to design their business cards? that i can’t stand behind. people are entitled and i’m not cool with that.
katie’s right. trades should have a deadline. make a contract. be upfront about revisions. and do your best to talk to them like you would any other client. if you’re too busy, just say it! because you really aren’t doing them a favor if you are going to give them half-ass work. refer them to someone that you know will do a good job and let them know you would love to give your opinion about it. it’s really a case by case scenario. i’m still going to help my little sister with her resume design and my best friend with her company if she really needs it. it’s only when you feel like someone is taking advantage of you that the situation is bound to get ugly.
have you had any terrible experiences with doing free work for friends? it’s hard, right?
(illustration by katie evans. read more freelance advice posts are over here!)
do you dream in glitter? have a glue gun fused to your hand? you may be just what we’re looking for!
designlovefest is looking for an LA-based DIY intern to assist Natalie with make it blog posts and designlovefest DIY events. we need someone with some spunk!
responsibilities include preparing supplies for make it blog posts, resourcing materials, test driving projects before shoots, and assisting the DLF team with our super fun DIY event nights.
the ideal candidate is a creative thinker with a variety of arts and craft skills and an attention to detail. we’re looking for someone with a good working knowledge of materials, techniques, and basic photoshop skills and a familiarity with popular DIY projects. 5 hours a week, schedule is flexible and a possibility for additional hours that would be paid. an upbeat and adventurous attitude are a must.
to be considered for the position please submit to email@example.com (with the subject line “designlovefest DIY internship”) the following items…
• resume or bio
• several examples of recent art or craft work
• a list of all applicable skills
• proposal for a DIY project for the blog
we are excited for one of you to join the team! will you be applying? -bri + natalie
today’s question: how do you present your work?
BRI & KATIE’S ANSWERS (mixed together this time!)
in an interview…
when i was about to graduate college i was interviewing left and right. my book was 8.5″ x 11″ (perfect for fitting in my bag) sturdy (it was touched by so many hands) and made of orange plexi with sheet protectors on the inside. it was really easy to rearrange or make edits if i changed my mind later. there was minimal copy in my layouts because i think its better to talk about my work vs. having the interviewer read it. i did have friends that went above and beyond with a printed and bound book. they looked really great, but they would get so frustrated when they decided they wanted to add a project. last year i transfered over to an ipad. it’s cleaner and i’ve found that people love to be able to zoom into projects to get a closer look. i don’t have to worry about getting my pages nicely printed and can update it so much faster. i also got a nice bright red case to match back to my resume and it usually matches something i’m wearing.
and be confident in the way that you speak about the work…you should be able to say a few sentences about each project in case they ask you specifics about them. if you don’t have anything to say about the project, it probably means that you don’t love it…so take that one out. a few things to think about when explaining a project: your inspiration, why you loved it, an interesting back story, the vibe you were trying to capture…
and how about something you can leave with them? we get our blogshop magazines printed at magcloud (affordable & pretty good quality!) you could make a little magazine with examples of your work, a little about you, and your resume in the back. just a fun idea to think about.
to a client…
i work with most of my clients over emails and pdfs. for each round of delivery i place their files on a pdf with my logo and information at the top of each page. i include the date, deliverable round, brief description and my contact info. sometimes the elements need some descriptive copy that i include off to the side. and! i always watermark everything just incase. i’ve never experienced a client running off with my work (knock on wood) but i’ve hear horror stories.
no matter what, always present your best and favorite pieces. it will really show by the way you talk about it or just by how amazing it looks. don’t overwhelm the viewer with too many options.
always remember, you want this process to be a creative experience. you want them to feel engaged and excited when they see an email come in from you! so if that means going the extra mile and photoshopping the logo option that you love on a shopping bag so they can envision it, do it! the 5 minutes that took you to do will often seal the deal!
(illustration by katie evans. read more freelance advice posts are over here!)
today’s question: i have a job interview coming up. what are some of your interviewing tips?
i haven’t been on too many job interviews but i have had to meet with new clients. you can apply these tips to those meetings as well.
dress for the job you want, not the one you have. this could all depend on what type of company you’re going for, but dress up! wear heels. put in the effort. don’t wear a lot of jewelry (especially bangles. they’re loud and distracting) and make sure what you’re wearing is comfortable, fits right and makes you feel confident. give it a test run first. how does it feel when you sit? does it wrinkle easy? one time i was interviewing at a company and i chose to wear this new top i had recently bought. i hadn’t worn it before and boy do i wish i could go back and change my outfit. the material was heavy and it was tight in the wrong places. naturally i was nervous and i was sweating. i could see the hiring manager staring at my sweat stains and it totally threw me off my game. i didn’t get that job.
arrive on time. this one seems like a duh, but you never know if you’ll get into traffic or get lost. plan to get there half an hour ahead of time. you can always use the extra time to check yourself in the mirror (no lipstick on your teeth!) or go over your resume.
present yourself at your best. give your hiring manager or new client a firm handshake! nobody likes a wussy one. bring multiple copies of your resume (if they like you immediately, they may want to introduce you to other people). look people in the eye when you talk to them and don’t forget to smile! if you’re presenting a portfolio make sure your nails look nice—they’ll be looking at those a lot!
BRI’S ANSWER: i totally agree with katie’s points. here are a few more…
be prepared but also authentic: the best interviews i have been on in the past i remember feeling comfortable and calm. there is something to be said for being prepared and i am a total nerd about this. i plan my outfit the night before, i prepare questions for them (you have to show interest in the company. even if you don’t have any questions, do your best to think of at least one) and i try to anticipate the questions i will be asked and what i would respond with. but i try not to go overboard with the canned answers because i want to be authentic and in the moment as well. you don’t want it to see like you are just reading off a general answer.
bring something memorable: i remember a few years ago i was going in to meet with the ban.do girls and they were interviewing me about some graphic design work. i had admired the comapany aesthetic and did my research beforehand. i knew the girls loved sweets so i brought some chocolates and a little 3-d card thanking them for meeting with me. i think they still have the little pop-up card at their office. people notice that extra effort. my intern last year, marissa, brought a box of cute treats all in one color. teal scissors, teal string, teal glitter…it made a statement. i interviewed a gal yesterday that gold-leafed her resume…impressive & memorable.
bring supplies: i always bring my business cards, resumes, pens, a journal, ipad, tick tacks, lipstick, examples of work (either loaded on the ipad or printed). you want to show them that you are organized and prepared.
eye contact & confidence: seems easy, but when your nervous these things are the first two to go. try to avoid nervous rambling, just stick to the point.
follow up: i usually send a follow up email after the interview. let them know you’re interested and excited about the opportunity! as always, try to personalize your emails…mention something you chatted about in the interview, say what excites you most about the position. when i hire someone i am looking for personality!
(illustration by katie evans. read more freelance advice posts are over here!)