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Newbiedunnnks
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How to get first project?
on: November 19, 2013, 17:44
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I'm curious if anyone has any advice on how to get your first calligraphy project. I'd love to hear your stories about how you started getting clients! Did you set up an etsy shop or website first? Or did you wait until you had a few projects under your belt? Was it someone you know? Thanks in advance!

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Newbieschin
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Re: How to get first project?
on: November 19, 2013, 18:25
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I started the shop first but didn't get much interest for a while. In the meantime I just kept busy with personal projects and doing Christmas cards for free for friends and family. Eventually the first order came in.

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Beginnerthisrestle-
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Re: How to get first project?
on: November 19, 2013, 22:54
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I've done a few projects for friends (paid), which they asked me to do after seeing me post my calligraphy work on Facebook. After I opened my Etsy shop, I had a few people contact me about doing custom work for them, but nothing happened with those. I did get one order via Etsy for a custom 5x7 piece (a quote) shortly thereafter, but I haven't received any more requests since then. I designed a card, and sold a couple of those. Now I'm just twiddling my thumbs and trying to figure out what to do next.

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BeginnerLinda Y
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Re: How to get first project?
on: November 20, 2013, 23:55
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My first job came from a fellow calligrapher who gave me a referral. We took a class together, and when she was going on maternity leave and a client came calling, she thought of me. Doing 300 envelopes in a week really freaked me out, I didn't sleep well the whole time. But when I got really positive feedback from the client and wedding coordinator, it helped boost my confidence. It was a good learning experience. I am thankful for that first referral and try to pass on the good karma by referring clients to fellow calligraphers when I can.

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Re: How to get first project?
on: November 21, 2013, 14:24
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My first big job was from a friend (paid). 300 envelopes! I left myself a ton of time to do them because I was unsure how long it would take. I've also gotten a lot of jobs from instagram. People have contacted me from seeing my work posted there. In addition, I have reached out to other local creatives to collaborate on projects. This helps by hitting their audience as well as your own!

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NewbieMarie-Eve
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Re: How to get first project?
on: November 23, 2013, 14:03
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I didn't even do calligraphy per se, but I used to address my Christmas cards with a dip pen. I am part of another forum (not calligraphy-related) and a member there asked me if I could address her wedding invitations and offered to pay me. I was actually very surprised, as I didn't even know that people paid for that. This project fell through because they moved their wedding date and that did not leave enough time for calligraphy, but she definitely planted a seed. I started practicing and researching on the internet, found some you tube videos and taught myself as best I could. Then another member of this same forum contacted me and asked me to do her escort cards, and that was my first actual paid project! Needless to say, the members of my group/forum will get much nicer cards this Christmas! 🙂



Newbiedunnnks
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Re: How to get first project?
on: November 27, 2013, 00:57
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Thanks for the info everybody! It's really helpful to hear your stories. I need to get brave enough to start posting work!

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Newbiezemof
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Re: How to get first project?
on: November 27, 2013, 06:35
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I was just practising and trying to get better, until I learnt from IG that there are actually calligraphers making a living out of this…! But knowing the local market, I wasn’t too hopeful and only intended for calligraphy to supplement my income while I dabble in it. My first job was a open listing a fellow calligrapher (who does not take on any work) posted in our Facebook group. I jumped, emailed the person and got the job…! It was for an on-site calligraphy, and I charged a daily rate with a cap at the number of names to a hundred. I was asked to write the guest names of a Russian Royal Dinner in gold ink on the letterpress-ed black invite. I must say it was a happy first and with both the client and I not being exactly sure of what I was doing, I added swashes anywhere I pleased too! *haahaa*

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NewbieJessica-
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Re: How to get first project?
on: November 28, 2013, 00:16
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By the time I added calligraphy to our Moira repertoire, we already had event design and invitation design clients, so I was able to use them as my first clients. then one day, I had popped into Paper Source to grab envelopes for a project, and they asked what I was working on. I had an invitation and envelope with me, so I showed them my work and they asked me to teach calligraphy classes at their store.

Although I had never actually taken a class (haha) I started teach about about 5 months after I began learning calligraphy. They also sent me TONS of referrals.



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Re: How to get first project?
on: January 4, 2014, 14:27
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So I just got my first project -- designing an invitation suite and addressing the envelopes for a friend's wedding this summer. I'm incredibly excited but also nervous -- I've never done anything like this before and I want to do my best to not mess up! I'm meeting up with my friend tomorrow to talk about what they're after -- anyone have any tips on things I should do in particular help the meeting go smoothly? I've already got a big list of questions about what pieces they are after, what colors/vision they have for their wedding, formal/informal, etc., but I'm concerned about making sure I put them at ease about the whole process since it's new for all of us!

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