Interview with Graphic Designer Rebecca Mangano
Hailing from Melbourne, Rebecca has thrived as a graphic designer since her early college years. Her passion is to create interesting and unique designs and work across multiple disciplines including brand identity, packaging, typography, and illustration for creative businesses. This has brought her a bunch of unique clients and projects that she loves working on. But was her freelancing journey always a walk in the park? Find out in our interview below.
TELL US HOW YOU ENDED UP HERE AS A FREELANCER? WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN?
I started freelancing back in my second year of uni while studying for my degree (Communication Design), by doing odd jobs here and there for local businesses, namely photographers and make up artists, and even the student union designing posters for events around campus. This was my first real taste of designing something that would be put out in to the real world and not just something for a university project that wouldn't go beyond the classroom.
After graduating uni, I found I had a few clients contacting me for graphic design jobs, again, mainly logo design and branding such as business cards, so I figured I'd roll with it and see where it takes me. At the time I was still working a casual job in retail and trying to find a balance between that and freelancing was becoming a bit difficult, and I had to decide where I wanted to spend more of my time.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START FREELANCING?
I think what inspired me the most was knowing that my work was getting out there and that it was being seen by the general public as a real and tangible piece of art and design. Not only that, but it was design with a purpose, it was intended for something and someone.
IN THREE EMOJIS, DESCRIBE YOUR LIFE AS A FREELANCER...
WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR BEFORE YOU STARTED FREELANCING? ANY TIPS ON OVERCOMING THIS FEAR?
I'd say my biggest fear was what if I 'ran out' of clients and no one needed my skills anymore. Ran out probably isn't the bets phrase but I suppose more of how do I continue to find clients and maintain an incoming stream of continuous work. A great tip for this is to utilize social media and shamelessly plug yourself. Clients are out there, they just need help finding you.
WALK US THROUGH A TYPICAL DAY IN THE LIFE OF YOU?
My alarm (which is currently my old iPhone) goes off around 7:30 and after snoozing it a few times I get up around 8. I love cleansing my face first thing in the morning, it makes me feel fresh and ready to start the day.
Once I'm fully awake and functioning, I start with checking my emails and writing a list of things I need to get done for the day. I start the morning by working on larger design jobs as I feel I'm most productive around 9-12. Then after lunch I work on the smaller projects, which is normally finishing things up and tying them all together.
I work kinda late, I normally finish around 9-9:30 as I'm always working on personal or side projects to fuel my Instagram account @designsbyrlm. Then I unwind with my favourite TV show, Rupaul's Drag Race, read, then I snooze, and repeat the next day.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT FREELANCING?
Working on my own schedule, if I want to take an afternoon nap, no one can stop me.
WHAT SUCKS THE MOST ABOUT FREELANCING?
Creative blocks! Sometimes you just get stuck on a design and don't know what direction to take it in, but once you take a break and look at the brief from a different perspective, it all starts flowing again...well, hopefully.
WHAT THREE QUALITIES TO YOU NEED TO SUCCEED AS A FREELANCER?
Determination, time-management skills, and willingness to go the extra mile.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE JUST STARTING OUT?
Don't be afraid to start something new! It's important to get yourself out there and try to connect with other like minded individuals and creatives, and social media is a great tool for this!