Tips on managing a precarious freelance career

When life is a constant job interview, these tips on managing freelance precarity can ease the stress.

COVID did many things. However, one thing it especially did was to highlight the precarity of freelance and gig work within the arts, design and culture sector.

Many freelancers were forced to find work elsewhere. Others prevailed (barely).

As the sector springs back, we have approached freelancers working in various ways across the arts, to share their learnings and offer their key tips for managing the precarity of a freelance career.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina