Since the New Year, work has slowed down considerably. My nearly-full-time contact gig has expired, and, well so has everything else apparently.
This is not the first slow period in my ten-year freelancing career and I know it won’t be my last. However, that does not stop me at all from doing the (work is) slow dance. It goes something like this:
Step 1: Spend two days watching TV while playing stupid iPhone games and procrastinating on the few projects you have going on.
Step 2: Get super cranky about how bored you are. Refuse to do anything to alleviate the boredom because all you want to do is work but you don’t have work to do.
Step 3: Freak out about money. Taxes. How you’re gonna be homeless in six months and will have to get a real job and buy new clothes to interview in only you don’t have any money because you spent it all on taxes and trying not to be homeless.
Step 4: Repeat Step 3, but out loud to anyone who will listen.
Step 5: Update your online portfolio.
Step 6: Repeat Step 4 until you get busy with work.
Right now I’m at Step 5, which is almost as boring as Step 2.