One "Secret" Source For Extra Income: Weddings
The Hidden Costs of College
Art supplies, photography supplies, and other design related materials are additional costs that must be factored in, while going to the graphic design school or graphic design college of your choice.
Some students make ends meet by taking on part-time jobs, while others are fortunate enough to have these expenses covered by parents, relatives or student aid.
Weddings and You
Regardless of your particular circumstances, bringing in supplemental income by using your specific liberal arts talent can bring you personal satisfaction of a job done well. One particular social event that you may find interesting is weddings.
Weddings encompass a great deal of liberal arts disciplines that are not, on the surface, readily apparent - wedding invitations, fashion design, photography, video, graphic design, and illustration are all part of this traditional social event. If you don't mind putting in some legwork and research, you may be able to tap into a few weddings for some freelance work.:
Photography/Video: In some cases, professional photographers/videographers are booked solid and wedding parties need to find alternative solutions. Placing an ad in the newspaper offering your services at a reasonable price may offer you some excellent weekend work. Be prepared to show a portfolio of your wedding photography. You may need to volunteer your wedding photography services to friends and acquaintances in order to build up your wedding samples.
Graphic Design: Wedding invitations are elegant and beautiful to look at. However, the need to put a personal touch to weddings is something that is very attractive to some brides. You can use your graphic design skills to make original and personalized wedding invitations that stand out among commercially printed ones. Contact wedding planners, church administrators, or friends and family for leads to upcoming weddings. If your designs are unique and have personality, you may be able to book several weddings during the year.
Illustration: While photography is the mainstay of documenting a wedding ceremony, you may be able to open opportunities to do a formal portrait of the bride and groom in paint or watercolor. The finished image may be unveiled at the wedding reception or used as a keepsake/heirloom for the bride and groom or their parents. You can get leads from professional wedding photographers and offer a "finder's fee" for each job.
Fashion Design: The centerpiece for a bride is her wedding dress. Custom creations can cost literally tens of thousands of dollars. But if a custom designed dress could be made at a fraction of the cost, it would certainly be a valuable find for brides. Here is a chance for you to use your fashion design talents. Since all that is needed is a sketch pad, some imagination, a sewing machine and wedding dress materials, you may be able to offer an extremely valuable service, while also fulfilling the dreams for an original wedding dress for a happy bride.
The wedding service community is a fairly close one and breaking into this circle can help you on your way to finding wedding related jobs. Local ads in newspapers, college bulletin boards, or word of mouth is also effective in advertising for potential clients.
Whichever way you decide to go, your talents may provide a needed service to those who are looking for something unique and special for their wedding. The resulting work that you may pick up during your studies at your graphic design college or graphic design school can not only help you receive extra career training, but also earn you a little extra income as well.