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How To Be Considered for Paid Opportunities with Pop My Mind June 10, 2018

At Pop My Mind, we regularly commission artists to work with us on small to large creative marketing projects for other businesses, charities and agencies. For example this might be asking you to supply digital artwork, create a sculpture, make a site-specific video installation, do live painting in front of an audience, make a mural, create a bespoke soundtrack, piece of jewellery or a 360° film.

If you have your eyes on the prize and would like to be commissioned for these types of things, this article is here to give you insight into how to easily improve your chances of getting involved in these paid projects! Read below to find out how…

1. Keeping us up to date

We have recently added a handy new section to your Pop My Mind profile. This means you can add information about yourself including contact information, what skills you have and what opportunities you’d like to be considered for. This stuff is private and can only be seen by Team Pop, which we use to recruit talent for new opportunities.
 You can fill this in by going to your Pop My Mind profile page and clicking ‘Edit Your Details’ which will take you to the form. Don’t forget to click ‘Save changes’ at the end!
We also love to hear what you’ve been up to. If you are curating an exhibition, have a solo show, are releasing an album, have had a cool commission recently, changed creative direction, fallen in love, bought a new pair of shoes or found a pound on your way to work, we would love to hear about it!
Joking aside, keeping us up-to-date with your creativity may make you eligible you for a wider range of activities that we may not have considered you for before. You never know if what you’re up to relates to a Pop My Mind opportunity further down the line.

Being receptive to contact

A key skill that we value highly at Pop HQ is being responsive to contact. This means replying promptly to emails, calls and other methods of communication we send out. Sometimes we will also want to meet people in person or have Skype conversations which we arrange with the artist, and it always helps hugely when these can be done soon after getting in touch.
This is important because often our projects have a short lead-up period and we’re under time pressure to find talent quickly. We want to be able to offer it to someone we know will say yes or no promptly, so that we can either search for someone else to take part or move onto organising the project.

Former PMM writing intern Tamzyn Jackson

Personality and Professionalism

Another trait we look for in the creatives we commission is someone who would be good to work with. Attitude is everything, especially when it comes to working on projects where our whole ecosystem (artists, Team Pop and clients) will mingle. We want to work with people who are friendly, approachable and presentable. The ideal teammate will work well in a group, flexibly apply their skills to a brief and are open to feedback and change. 
This is so that working on the campaign goes smoothly and is a joy for everyone involved.  In every project there will be obstacles, but a positive, helpful attitude helps us move forwards as a team. Teamwork makes the dream work as they say!

PMM artist Ruby-Jaye Wood

Luckily, we know a lot of our members in person and over email and you seem like a lovely bunch, so you needn’t worry about this one 😉

Show us your skills

We see a lot of beautiful creative work on Pop My Mind, but realise that this is often only a sneak peak of what you’re capable of. Often you will have other skills that you don’t necessarily excersize on the Pop My Mind platform. For example, take Liz Mares – she uses Pop My Mind to get inspiration for some excellent poetry and prose. Little did I know that she is actually a fantastic painter too, and created this beautiful geometric mural recently…

Space Lotus: a mural by Liz Mares for Green Street Projects, Chicago

If we don’t see your other work on Pop My Mind, we will never know about it. So show us what else you create by:
  • Popping
  • Letting us know what other projects you’ve worked on via email
  • Sending us a link to your website or social media
  • Responding to our new opportunity…

Respond to our new opportunity Scale It Up

This call-out gives you a chance to show us your new biggest, boldest ‘real-world’ creation (as opposed to one in digital realm). We invite you to create work suitable for commercial projects to strengthen your chances of being picked for the next appropriate opportunity. Think murals, installations, sculptures, live music, bringing poetry and digital art into the real world…show us your potential!

We are looking for work which is:

  • Large-scale
  • Applied to the ‘real world’ – such as an office space or at events
  • Visually / audibly impactful
  • Carries a message or conveys a clear narrative
  • Not completely abstract – including figurative imagery is encouraged
  • Easily accessible to the public
  • Has a cool and contemporary style

To understand what we mean, take a look at our Pinterest board for inspiration.

Did I mention that this comes with a £300 reward (from the Invention Award pot) to the strongest piece?  The deadline is midnight 31st August – go get ’em, tiger!

 

Hopefully now you have a clear understanding of how to get in our good books for paid opportunities. As you can see, it isn’t too difficult and mainly requires communicating with Team Pop about your creative endeavours. If you have any feedback or questions, feel free to comment below and we’ll get back to you pronto.

Not a member of Pop My Mind? Sign up here to get involved in these paid opportunities.

 

Featured image (top) of Hava Gurevich, supplied by the artist

Written by Karis Lambert

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