In April of 2010 I quit my full time advertising job to try freelancing. I started started getting gigs almost immediately with my partner as the time and for the most part I've had a steady stream of work ever since. In the past five years or so I've freelanced at tons of agencies, with millions of people (slight exaggeration) on millions of clients (not an exaggeration). I learned that every agency has it’s shit. And there are good things and bad things at each and every one of them. You can get stuck on a bad client at a great agency and vice versa.
Freelancing definitely isn't for everybody. You don't always know when your next paycheck is coming and your schedule is often in flux. But that stuff rarely bothered me. I loved being in charge of when I was working and always going to new places to work on different things kept me from ever getting bored. Freelance was very, very kind to me.
But I said goodbye to that life. Three weeks ago I started a brand new full time job (gasp!) as a Creative Director on JetBlue at Mullen Lowe. That's right, no more freelance for this lady. It's a huge, crazy change but I'm excited for the challenge. And the health insurance.
But only having one ID badge? Now that's weird.