How To Find Stop Motion Work!

A big part of being a freelance creative (and a stop motion animator) is being able to sell an idea to a potential client. Having good ideas and an ability to pitch them will keep you in work (hopefully). It's certainly not easy... but it is possible. So where do you start?

There are plenty of places on the internet with creative opportunities up for grabs. I use several different global platforms to find briefs with brands and pitch my ideas. Of course you can also land work by commission through your own social media or a website too... but until you have built up a strong portfolio you may find that sort of work is harder to secure.

So, I can get stop motion work without a huge portfolio? Yes, it is possible! Especially possible if you have been making animations for yourself - you will need something to share to prove your capabilities and competency at your craft.

So where are these magic platforms that can connect you with big brands and earn you money making stuff you love? Well there are many of them out there if you look hard enough. I have previously had success with a few of them. Not all platforms however are made equal and so I want share with you the ones I think are best and the ones that feel are a little bit less good.

From least rewarding to most rewarding (in my opinion, I'll explain why too):

4) Talenthouse - This site seems like fun, there are new briefs often and the opportunities are super creative. So, why is this sitting last place in my list of platforms? Well there are some downsides to the format which I will explain below.

How does Talenthouse work? The format of the site is essentially a creative competition platform. There are lots of juicy briefs ready and waiting most of the time. A lot of the briefs require you to produce the work before knowing if you will get anything in return. This might be okay if you are just starting out and trying to build a portfolio... but for a seasoned professional it is quite a commitment with no guarantee of return. They host stop motion briefs, graphic design briefs and even opportunities to go to events and interview people - the range of opportunities on offer is HUGE.

Why I like Talenthouse? It has some big opportunities for creators with little experience, there is no barrier to entry. If you are good at what you do then you can potentially get a big brand on your client list and have your work seen worldwide.

Why I don't like Talenthouse? You have to create the finished work before you know you will get paid, free labour is never a good thing. To make things worse, some briefs say that even if you are not selected the brand can still use your work without you getting any compensation - that totally sucks!! Further to this I have heard from other creators that you have to wait six-months plus to get paid (if you are lucky enough to get selected). I feel this is unnecessary when other platforms can pay you in as little as two-weeks. Oh and if that wasn't enough they are also terrible at communication, ignoring emails, which I think is super bad practice.

3) - This site used to be great for stop motion. I won many brand collaborations with them in the mid-2010's. They have since changed their direction and now focus more on motion graphics and live action briefs... but it's still worth a look if either of those are of interest to you.

How does Vidsy work? You create a profile. Add a link to your website or somewhere with your work so that they can see that you have the skills. Click on briefs you like and see if you get selected. You don't need to write a pitch or proposal. Once selected you create the work, deliver the assets and then you are paid (usually in 30-days). The money is fair too, it's a decent amount for your creative efforts.

Why I like Vidsy? You aren't asked to do anything for nothing. You only create work if you are selected which means you will always get paid for your craft. There is no long pitching process before selections. You click, link to your work and if you are selected create something awesome for a monetary reward. Payment is prompt.

Why I don't like Vidsy? They no longer offer stop motion briefs. I have occasionally clicked on a few motion graphics/live action opportunities, and have been selected for some too... but well stop motion is what I prefer (as I am sure you do too).