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Second published blog post on ECCA London Website

June 9, 2010

Tuesday 30 March 2010     Posted at 12:00 by: Emma Wilson

Interview with Rafael Pavon

Interview with previous ‘Making Money From Your Creativity’ Winner – Rafael Pavon

Q. From your ECCA profile it sounds like you have done some great work since the competition; collaborating with film maker Ricardo Uhagon and winning a competition to shoot one of the commercials that will appear in the Watchmen movie. Would you be able to talk a bit more about your freelance work since the ECCA competition?

A. After the ECCA competition I started thinking on starting my own film company with my friend Ricardo Uhagon. Since we were both Spanish but living and working in London and New York, we were able to reach lots of different networks and clients and that help us start building a solid reputation as Watergun in the 3 countries.

Q. Did the ECCA London competition help you with this freelance work at all?

A. In the beginning it was really important to have clients and institutions supporting us and making our work reliable and credible. The competition started a very good relationship between us and ECCA and made some other clients believe that we could be competent in that type of work. It was a very good starting point to balance our academic and experimental work.

Q. Do you have any enterprise related advise that you would give to other students? Maybe how they can earn money from their creativity?

A. I’m really bad with advices but if there is anything that I think it could be helpful for a student, in terms of enterprise and money, is to be really patient. Go step by step, slow and steady. Time goes faster than you think and if you start with a small step, you will be surprised how much you have walked in one or two years.

Q. Was it a hard experience getting into freelancing work?

A. I found the transition from university to the enterprise a bit tough, since you find yourself with lots of ideas, projects and motivation but you miss the structure and knowlege that you need to develop them. That might be a bit frustrating in the beginning but, again, if you go step by step, you will sort it out soon and understand how it works.

Q. What kinds of methods do you use to promote yourself? For example; websites and networking events.

A. I find a website or online portfolio the most important thing to promote myself. It shows your work and it’s available whenever someone needs it which is the most basic thing you need to find more projects. We show our reel in studios, music labels and advertising agencies and after that, if we feel that it wasn’t impressive enough, we focus ourselves in improving the work and create more.We were really lucky that we’ve been working almost non-stop since we started so there was no need for a bigger promoting tool but we are preparing one for mid 2010.

Q. How do you use your creativity for enterprise?

A. In our case, we try to focus everything around creativity. Sometimes it’s not easy to fit it inside a project or a workflow but we do our best since we believe that there wouldn’t be any future for us in this industry if we trade with this.

Q. How was your experience at Central Saint Martins?

A. Central Saint Martins was a really good context for learning and experimenting with your creativity and potential. It lets you develop your skills further that you could ever imagine but, in the end, it’s up to you when it comes to making money from that. In the beginning, the name of the university might help also a bit in terms of credibility but it won’t go much further if it’s not supported by something else.

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Published blog post on ECCA London

February 25, 2010

Tuesday 23 February 2010     Posted at 17:00 by: Emma Wilson

Making Money from your Creativity: what Xiang did next

To get a valuable insight into how to use your creativity for enterprise, who better to ask than a previous competition winner for Making Money from your Creativity?

Xiang Zeng has recently graduated from Central Saint Martins and was commissioned to create images for the ECCA website.

One of her main pieces of advice is to start your own website or blog. “My freelancing is currently mostly conducted through my website www.freerangedoodle.com,” says Xiang. “There people can find my blog with photos and news of my products as well as a shop where these products may be bought.” Creating a website is an unofficial way of publishing your work and getting your ideas noticed, and it can also produce revenue from sales.

Winning the ECCA London competition was no doubt an important contribution to her website becoming the first hit on Google search.

Using her creativity for enterprise, she explores many different design endeavours. These mainly include wallpaper design and illustration, as well as reinforced paper jewellery and brooches.

Her work was noticed at the degree show by The Hungarian Cultural Centre. “Together with four other students, was offered an opportunity to exhibit there,” Xiang explains. “The financing was provided by the centre, but the planning for the exhibition was entirely up to us. We had a 4 page long article in the Hungarian Elle Decoration in the October issue, which talked about the upcoming exhibition and about our work.”

This was obviously a great source of publicity for the exhibition. They also sent out invites, as well as creating advertisements on both Facebook and Twitter, all valuable methods of promotion.

It is clear that by becoming involved in different events, networking and competitions, it allows your work to get noticed and provides a platform for future work and experiences. Since being involved in Making Money from your Creativity, Xiang has completed many different types of creative work, such as: being involved in a fashion winter shoot with Rita Parniczky and designing a window pattern for a high end fusion restaurant in Shanghai.

Xiang gave some other advice for students on how to earn money from their creativity: “Business link is definitely a good place to start. You can get one on one free advice from them for a year and they provide telephone support as well. ECCA also has up to three free advice sessions for students and graduates.”

Networking is also a key aspect in getting started, as you meet new people who you may want to collaborate with in the future or who could possibly be your future customers. Xiang says: “It is most helpful to meet people who you may be able to collaborate with later or who may become your future customers. Good networking places are: Metropolitan works, Hidden art, Shell livewire. Constantly pitch for commissions.”

To find out more about Xiang, go to www.freerangedoodle.com

ECCA will be launching a new competition next month, so keep checking back on Making Money from your Creativity.

Emma Wilson was a runner-up for a Making Money from your Creativity competition.

You can visit http://www.ecca-london.org/blog/ to see more peoples work for the blog posts.

Volunteer work: Image of the month

January 28, 2010

I won photograph of the month for my volunteering with thesite.org. yayyyy!

This was my photo:

I contributed a number of snowy pics and this one was used on thesite.org.

Image of the month:

http://www.thesite.org/about_us/volunteers/photographers

And I won a t-shirt 🙂

Runner up for blog writing competition

November 20, 2009

A few weeks back I entered a competition for ECCA-London, where the task was to write up to a 100 word blog on…. what would we do if we were given a free tenner.

I am very pleased to have found out on Tuesday that I am a runner up! As well as winning £50, I will be writing at least two blogs entries for the website in the near future. This will help build my blog writing confidence and provide me with some more good experience.

Here is my entry:

With the tenner that I was given, from the kindness of ecca-london’s heart, I would jump with joy and blow it on sweets and films. Only kidding, really I would fly to London and visit the special ‘Everything for a £1 when you have a free tenner shop’. I would purchase; a trampoline, bouncy castle, swimming pool, swirly slide, rollercoaster, chocolate stall, ball pond, dodgems, music and a maze, all for a £1 each! I would set this up in Hyde Park, where everyone would come and have a go, resulting in hundreds of pounds being made for Charity.

Graphic Design Portfolio

October 26, 2009

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Two photographs from a group project where we were given a random piece of text which we then graphically represented with an installation.

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Two pieces from a summer project before starting this course in 2008. The project was called ‘Me Map’ and the top collage represents a map of my future life and the bottom one shows a map of my life in the past.

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The two pieces at the top are part of my research towards this Graphic Design Manifesto project and above is my own final manifesto.

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Two of a series of six pieces from another summer project completed before starting my current course in 2008. I asked a number of people 6 questions about design and then responded to these graphically.

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Above are images of my Fundamentals Journal, which was a reflection on a number of workshops that we completed at the beginning of the course.

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Above are two collages I created when thinking of ideas and styles for the Fundamentals Journal. The top one is a retro style and the bottom an industrial style.

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I took my Final Major Project out onto the streets of London to find out the publics opinion on ‘what they love about London’.

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These two posters above are the responses from the public showing what they love about London.

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As well as the work above we also had to create a Research Book for our Final Major Project. This was responding to a number of workshops we completed, developments from these workshops and our own work.