What's in the mentorship?

If you've just come here from my remote creative freelancing guide, you already know my philosophy of making more money on your client projects and freeing up more time for personal projects. 

We're going to cover every aspect of my remote creative freelancing philosophy in detail. Here's the content we'll be covering, week by week:

Week
Content
Weeks 1 & 2: Portfolio
  • How to define your role as a creative freelancer
  • How to organize your current portfolio
  • How to formulate your client pitch
  • Assignment: selecting relevant pieces to support your pitch
  • How to make sure your portfolio is professional
  • How you should use and build your freelance schedule
Weeks 3, 4 & 5: Marketing Strategies
  • How to build your portfolio site for potential clients, not your peers
  • How to build landing pages that will get you clients
  • Assignment: formulate and mock up effective landing pages for your website 
  • How to construct a professional brand
Weeks 6 & 7: Getting Clients
  • How to search for and pitch to your ideal clients
  • Assignment: drafting your pitch email
  • What to expect and how to play the numbers game when finding clients
  • How to get paid on time
  • When you should expand into other marketing channels
Weeks 8, 9 & 10: Developing your Personal Creative Vision
  • How to pick a personal project
  • How to set parameters for your personal project
  • How to use deliberate practice with your project
  • How to build a project timeline you'll actually stick with
  • Assignment: the six week project outline
  • How to push your project out of your comfort zone

Weeks 11 & 12: Getting Paid for your Personal Vision
  • How to transition personal projects into client work
  • How to get the right kind of feedback for your work
  • Assignment: setting goals for your creative freelance business
  • Bonus - answers to common freelance questions.


  • 12 week mentorship

    Every two weeks, we will have a 1:1 video call to answer your questions, set your goals and hold you accountable for progress for both your client work and personal projects.

  • 5 critiqued assignments

    Over the twelve weeks you will submit five assignments for which I will provide detailed feedback. Assignments range from writing your pitch, improving your portfolio and building a client-oriented website

  • Practical steps

    The goal of the mentorship program is for you to gain clarity on how to best move forward on your creative path. All of our 1:1 calls are geared toward giving you practical steps to move toward goals you set out at the beginning of the mentorship.

👋 Meet Beini.

I'm a full time freelance motion designer and illustrator.

I'm a creative, just like you. I'm not a rockstar artist or book author teaching freelancing when they no longer live the day-to-day freelancer concerns - my experience and struggles with freelancing are fresh. Five years ago I jumped ship from the comfort of a cushy 9-5 with an Endless Snack Closet and dove straight into full time freelancing. All the tools and ideas I teach come from my experience as a creative freelancer, working with clients like these:
 My dog Moebi and I in front of a Trader Joe's bag.
Vice Network
National Geographic
Carnegie New York
Pepsico
International Center of Photography

Customized to your needs

Get advice tailored to you and your freelance goals.

As you put into action all the course content, I will be giving personalized critiques on all your assignments. All of our calls are recorded and collected in one place so you can always review what we cover in the mentorship in your own time.

Every other week I will do an in-depth critique of your assignments and we have an hour-long, 1:1 check-in and conversation about your current struggles (and successes) with client and personal work.

In addition, you will get lifetime access to the course content itself: it's all written, so no skipping back and forth through dozens of five-minute videos. Each topic is broken up into short modules so you can always quickly and easily find the resource you need.

Apply for the Unconventional Freelancer Mentorship

Next round of mentorships begin July 2020. Limited seats. $998

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Prefer to go it alone?

If 1:1 mentorships aren't your thing, you can also get just the course contents to go through on your own time. Content is self-paced and unlocked over five weeks.

“After many years of trying to scoop up any job I could, I felt my identity as a freelance illustrator stagnating. Working with Beini got me clear on my niche, got my story on point, and set me on an actionable plan. I started getting results in the middle of the course - working with better clients in more specific areas while furthering my own artistic growth. Thank you, Beini.”

Josh Bauman

“I’ve found the course and calls with Beini very helpful in moving forwards into a Motion Design career. She helped me focus how to communicate clearly to the types of clients I want to work for and also create an engaging portfolio site. Definitely the best business coach I’ve worked with who truly understands what it means to be a creative freelancer.”

Luke Stanley

“Beini's course proved to be very useful in a time where I was going through a lot of self-doubt. She lays out a clear structure that guided me through the different steps needed to restructure my approach to freelancing while fine-tuning my craft. She encouraged me to experiment and look for unexpected ways to be more creative and find my unique voice. I found her feedback to be very thoughtful and thorough in every lesson. By the end, I had a solid understanding of the steps I needed to take, with a more defined direction of where I wanted to take my freelancing business.”

Nayeli Lavanderos

“YOU ARE A GODSEND. Finally someone is being honest with me. Reading your feedback got me teary eyed (that's how frustrated I've been). You got me feeling hopeful :) THANK YOU!!!”

Kevin Foster

“Thanks for responding so quickly with such a great critique! This makes a lot of sense and definitely points me towards the right direction. I will be going back to your critiques regularly as I work my way towards reaching my goal, there is a lot of valuable input there. Can't thank you enough!”

Adrien Travis

FAQ

  • What can I ask you during our mentorship?

    Each person’s skills and experience are different and the best way to figure out a way forward is often to seek impartial diagnoses from someone just a few steps ahead in the creative journey. My clients hail from all over the world and work in fields from illustration to video production to motion design to graphic and tattoo design. The content of the mentorship is up to you – some recurring topics are: portfolio reviews, refining your creative service as a freelancer, how to set up personal projects, how and where to find clients, how to schedule freelance life, diagnoses on what's working and not working in your current freelance business.

  • How much time will the mentorship take up in the week?

    You'll get out of this mentorship what you put in. Some folks are able to put in about five hours a week, some can put in more. If you are currently unable to spare five hours a week to work on your creative freelance business, wait until you do have that time before you sign up for the mentorship.

  • Who is this course suitable for?

    Creatives who are stuck at full time jobs and want to make the leap into freelancing. Creatives who have been freelancing for a while but now their client revenue or personal output is stagnating. Creatives who have an established freelance business but don't have a personal vision for their personal work as well as those who need a fresh pair of eyes to point out what is or is not working about their approach to freelance. Creatives looking to get into remote freelancing full time.

  • Who is this not suitable for?

    Those who need to make money NOW. The mentorship does not contain tips or "tricks" to help you make a quick buck. My philosophy is all about putting in time and effort to build a sustaining, lasting business and creative practice.

  • I've gotten a lot of success in the past, but now I'm struggling with my freelance business. Will I get a lot out of this mentorship?

    Yes. The beauty of a mentorship is that you get to work with me directly, so I tailor all feedback to your current situation. All freelancers experience this cycle - they start off with one approach, it works for a while, but then it stops working. The landscape of work is constantly changing and a freelancer has to keep changing with their creative field. The contents of the mentorship focus on strategies to build your business so that it remains adaptable and becomes more valuable as your experience with freelance (and your creative practice) grows.

  • Can I transition from the self-paced course to the mentorship program?

    Yes. Just shoot me an email and I will send you a signup link for the mentorship less the cost of the self-paced course you've already signed up for. You will be assigned a seat at the next available round of mentorships.

  • Is there a money back guarantee?

    Yes. The mentorship is paid upfront and if within the first seven days of the program you are dissatisfied, contact me for a full refund. The same seven day policy applies for the self-paced course.

Hey, thanks for your time 🙏

I trust this content has been helpful for your creative freelance journey and I look forward to working with you. If you have any questions at all - about the course, about freelancing - please shoot an email to unconventionalfreelancer@gmail.com and let me know how I can help.

If you want to learn more about my creative freelance practice or my personal projects, check out my blog.

Cheers,