What sounds better/more profesional .. Commissions or Freelance?
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Vashtastic's avatar
I'd say feel free to use both I agree with ~Sir-Migglesworth. At college we used the term freelance in reference to artists that are not attached to a company/design house/etc. Commissions are little more casual - as in do what you're doing at say a con... and there it is.. no one has to sign on contract, etc.
SketchDalmatian's avatar
Freelance sounds more professional. ;3 Freelance means you actually work with companies! :D
FreckleOnMyPalm's avatar
Well, in college we used the term freelance. I agree with Kestral in that it's the term used to describe an artist who isn't affiliated with a company. The artist usually has more imput and influence when doing freelance work but there also tends to be more involved. All the freelance jobs I've had I've had some sort of contract for and have shown my progress in the work to get approval to go on to the next steps. Commission work seems more cut and dry to me, you're told what the person wants and you do it.
kestral's avatar
Freelance is the actual term for artists that work from home, do not work for a company etc. It doesn't just apply to commercial or fine arts, freelance title gives you the ability to turn down a job, that you believe you cannot do,either you're not skilled enough,or its a job your unfamiliar with.

Commission to me means, that they're paying you so You must do it even if you want to reject it.
KariNeko's avatar
Hmmm, it's always tricky since Freelance is almost HARDER to turn down than Commissions for me. XD
kestral's avatar
i think its the case of what works best for certain people
BleedingSmile's avatar
agree with morgan, to me they arent exactly interchangable. A freelance is more of a larger scale job, or done more with a business, as in they pull you in to get something done they can not. (now it sounds like a hired hit man XP)
Where as commissions is more of a one time thing, one drawing, for a personal thing.
KariNeko's avatar
That's what I figured as well but I wasn't sure if one would sound better than the other when used in a portfolio. I think I'm just sticking to using BOTH terms. Thanks!
SketchDrayton's avatar
To me commission sounds more proffessional, Cos it implies finding that you have exactly whats needed at the time, where as freelance implies your filling a hole.
KariNeko's avatar
Very true and thanks for the input!
SeamusDubh's avatar
It all comes down to prospective/and or type of client. To which yourself and Mogana have both defined quite well.
KariNeko's avatar
Thanks very much! I wanted to see what would sound better in a portfolio and I suppose I can just use BOTH! :)
SeamusDubh's avatar
I do what I can.
Tru'nuf.

Another way to look at it is in financial terms.
Freelance is things you do to make money.
Commissions are things you get payed to make.
morganagod's avatar
I've always thought that commission sounded more fine artist, where as freelance sounded more commercial artist.
KariNeko's avatar
That's a good point! I've had people at work ask about my side projects so I say I've done both.

Freelance = For design firms/companies
Commissions = Personal

I just wasn't sure if one term was preferred. Thanks!
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