Enrico Albanese, an enthusiastic 3D artist from Aosta (Italy) and sport lover.
You can find him here:
- Hi Enrico, tell me who you are and what do you as a freelancer doing?
Hi! My name is Enrico Albanese and I live in Aosta, a little city in the north-west of Italy. I’m 21 and I am a Freelance 3D Artist.
- How long have you been working as a freelancer now?
I started working as a freelance 2 years ago, after finishing a 3d graphics course in Turin.
- What makes you become freelancer? You thought about it a long time or your decision came suddenly?
A professor of that course asked me if I could help him for some works, and from there I became a freelancer like him, and I still working with him. So, it was a decision came suddenly.
- What is your competitive advantage because of which clients hired you?
I think about the timing of production and the quality I put into my work: I always try to be as fast as possible in delivery time, while maintaining the high quality of my services. Availability is also a determining factor at times: responding to emails, calls, and customer change requests can be a plus in the work of a freelancer.
- Who is your competition? What has that you don’t have?
I am still a novel about certain aspects of my work: on some points I still have to learn a lot, but work after work, I get it greater skills and learn from my mistakes day after day.
- It is a lot of freelancers in your business?
Yes, there’s a lot of freelancers in my business.
- What do customers expect from you?
Surely serious in the work to be done, speed and high quality in the product.
- Who are your typical clients?
I work with a company that deals with advertising, toys companies and even publishing houses.
- How has your business changed over time?
Surely, in the beginning, I noticed that work was going to increase over time, and I hope that this demand will increase even more in the years to come.
- How did you gain your first customers?
Has been a touch of contact: my freelance partner has passed my contact with this company who sometimes contacts me for any works.
- John Wanamaker said: Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; The trouble is, I do not know which half. Are you gaining your clients by advertising or in any other way?
I try to earn customers by showing what I can do through my personal posts posted on Behance: I’m not advertising anywhere, but I try to show my Behance page how many people I can, on Linkedin or on Facebook. But I’m not send emails for collaborations or jobs.
- The best marketing move, you’ve done?
None at the moment.
- The biggest marketing challenge which you deal with?
- Do you hire outsourcing service providers for services for which you believe it’s a pity of your time?
Sometimes I’m forced to ask for online rendering services for time issues, but I do not think it’s a waste of time, indeed.
- How is your typical working day look like? What about other days, when you don’t work? How many hours / days per week are you working?
Begin working around 9am in the morning, until noon / 1 pm, and then resuming until 6pm usually. It depends on the days of the week, as I’m a basketball coach and also a player, I have to reconcile the two things. I also have the passion for the mountain race, and living in a mountain region like the Aosta Valley, I run as much as possible in free time, which means even in the evening and at night. Let’s say I work 8 hours a day, except Saturday and Sunday, which I use for the mountain and the matches, both mine and my kids.
- Which books do you recommend to freelancers?
I grew up with Harry Potter, so I can recommend those, but more specifically I think fantasy books, science fiction or even tutorials like those dedicated to ZBrush can boost imagination and spur creativity.
- What is your current inspiration in this business?
What I see on Behance, the artists I admire and follow on the various pages are my constant inspiration for my work.
- What would you do differently if you could start again?
If I start again, I would use my spare time to improve my personal work and make them as beautiful as possible.
- What would you advise someone who has an idea but no money?
I advise you to carry on that idea and not stop for any reason, even if you do not have the money to do it, look for another way to get it done.
- What was the best business advice you received?
I have received many tips, especially from my partner, and they are all equally useful but I can not identify one of them more important than everyone else.
- Do you regularly use some online resource? Which one?
Yes, I use many, especially Google Translate (as you can see :D), but more in my business, I use sites where I can find textures and tutorials.
- What do you often dreaming about when you’re not working?
I have the passion for sport, and therefore in my spare time I often dream of becoming an important sporting person, but I also dream of becoming an important 3D Artist, of course.
- The place where you find peace?
- Top 3 mobile app on your smartphone?
Behance, Runtastic and Instagram.
- What do you do in your free time?
I play basketball and I go to the mountains.
- Your last vacation?
Last week: a week at Roseto degli Abruzzi for a basketball tournament, unfortunately only as a coach.
- Business plans for the future?
Grow up as an artist and try to acquire more potential customers, who can give me constant jobs every month.
- Your plans for the future?
Train and train, in every field, sport and work.
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