How to Work as a Freelance Animator

If you’re an animator looking to work as a freelancer, you’re in luck! Freelancing can offer a lot of flexibility, freedom, and creative opportunities. In this post, we’ll be discussing some tips and tricks to help you succeed as an animation freelancer – with a fun twist!

Get Quacking:

First and foremost, you need to get your quack on! By this, we mean that you need to establish a strong online presence. Create a website or social media pages that showcase your work, highlight your skills, and make it easy for potential clients to find you. However, it’s important to avoid getting lost in addictive patterns. Remember, likes and followers don’t define you or your work.

Be Flexible Like a Duck: 

As a freelancer, you need to be flexible and adaptable. Be willing to take on a variety of projects, work with different clients, and adjust your schedule as needed. This will help you build a diverse portfolio, gain valuable experience, and keep your skills sharp.

Quack It Up with Networking

Networking is key in any industry, and animation is no exception. Attend industry events, join online communities, and reach out to other animators and artists to make connections and build relationships. You never know where your next opportunity may come from!

Stay Organised with a Quack-tastic Schedule:

As a freelancer, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with multiple projects and deadlines. Keep track of your projects, deadlines, and finances with a quack-tastic schedule. Use tools like Trello, Asana or the in-house choice, ClickUP, to help you stay on track and prioritise your tasks. 

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Make a Splash with Your Portfolio: 

Your portfolio is your calling card as an animator. Make sure it showcases your best work and highlights your unique style. Be sure to include a variety of projects that demonstrate your range of skills and expertise.

Quack Openly with Clients: 

Communication is key when working as a freelancer. Be open and honest with your clients about your timeline, expectations, and any issues that arise. This will help build trust and keep your clients coming back for more.

Make Time to Rest Your Wings: 

Finally, it’s important to take time for yourself and recharge your batteries. As a freelancer, it’s easy to get caught up in work and forget to take breaks. Make time for hobbies, exercise, and relaxation to help you stay refreshed and creative.

There you have it – some fun tips and tricks to help you succeed as an animation freelancer! 

Find more in our resources. At Flying Duck Studio Lab, we believe that freelancing can offer a lot of creative opportunities and freedom. By being flexible, organised, and maintaining a strong online presence, you can create a successful career as an animation freelancer.


Good duck! Oops… we mean…luck!