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Creative Inspirations: Rick Morris, Motion Graphics Designer
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Life as a Freelancer


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(Music playing.) My life as a freelancer kind of came by a combination of choice and fate I guess. My dad was self-made guy. I learned from him about making for yourself and doing for yourself and building things around yourself. The best way I found satisfaction from doing that was just going into business for myself and just keeping myself available to any and all opportunities.

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Creative Inspirations: Rick Morris, Motion Graphics Designer
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This installment of the Creative Inspirations series takes viewers into the life and home studio of one of the entertainment industry's most sought-after motion graphics designer. Rick Morris is a classically trained illustrator who successfully transitioned into the world of motion graphics. His highly expressive works have appeared as opening titles for films such as Mi Vida Loca, television programs like "Survivor," and commercials for Toyota, Kyocera, and Michelin. He's also designed the menu titles for the DVD of "The Sopranos." This installment of Creative Inspirations shows how Rick evolves his skills and applies them to moving images, how he continually develops his creative perspectives, and how he became a popular teacher at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and Otis College of Design in Los Angeles. To learn more about Rick Morris, visit his website at nobleassassins.com.

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Life as a Freelancer

(Music playing.) My life as a freelancer kind of came by a combination of choice and fate I guess. My dad was self-made guy. I learned from him about making for yourself and doing for yourself and building things around yourself. The best way I found satisfaction from doing that was just going into business for myself and just keeping myself available to any and all opportunities.

So freelancing seems to satisfy that requirement for me. I've come close to having the full- time job and in a collaborative way, that suits me just fine. And if I'm in the right environment with the right people, I like that whole like sharing thing. I'm not a megalomaniac control freak that needs to do everything myself. God knows I can't and that's the benefit of knowing people right now that I like to spend my time with them and share my thought with.

I think freelancing just keeps you constantly on your toes, because there is the up and the down side. The upside obviously being when you're working and making money and rolling. The downside being when you are just like waiting for the next job and making excuses to your friends and you're just kind of in between projects. As far as next projects, upcoming work as a freelancer, aside from my established clientele, I never really know what's lying around any next corner.

I know that there is a certain amount of pursuing involved and I don't mind doing that. A little of self promotion never hurt anybody. So I get active with that when the time comes. I'm never one to just kind of like sit back and wait for the phone to ring. But there is a certain amount of that happens too from just kind of having clients, treating them well, and just sort of being lucky enough to have them in your back pocket. Just kind of like maintain the flow. I do like to do my personal endeavors in order to inspire future prospective clients to give them a little bit of insight and hope into maybe expanding their range or other reasons to use me.

Ultimately, the all important thing is to get visible and getting visible means just getting up online. Getting up online means having a link. Having a link means having something that you can send out to people and boom, that's your hillside fire right there. I'm a big advocate of the freelance spirit. If it suits you, and if you're that individual who is cut out to be that, then you know obviously there has to be some kind of synchronicity there. But you just got to get over the fear factor.

Once I get over like any kind of fear factor, which luckily I conquered early on, I was brave enough to go out into the world and make my way for myself.

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