Personal Announcement

I have a big announcement to make: Today is my first ever day of self-employment! It has been my dream for awhile to go full time freelance, if for no other reason than to see if I can do it. I’m not sure if I’m unique or if many of you have felt the same way, but there has always been a part of me that wants to be my own boss simply to see if it’s possible.

One of my heroes, Dave Ramsey, talks about the transition to self-employment like this:

“Make sure you pull the boat up next to the dock before jumping or you will get wet.”

About 1 year ago I began pulling my boat towards the dock by starting The Pixel Lab and by freelancing during every spare evening and weekend hour I could find. It has been a very exhausting year, but also very rewarding as I have developed friendships and working relationships with so many of you.

I finally decided that I couldn’t keep up the pace I’m living. There is nothing left to do but jump and hope for the best. Of course I’m scared out of my mind about this risk. Of course I’m nervous. If this weren’t so risky, everyone would do it. But I’m also thrilled to give it a shot!

So, what does this mean for you? Absolutely nothing! I will keep cranking out tuts and free stuff and making sure you’re aware of all the great resources I find for motion graphics. The Pixel Lab, and your support of it, is a huge reason I’m able to quit my full time job and I am extremely grateful. Please wish me luck, and of course if you have any need for a friendly freelancer, you know where to find me!

“Throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain”

41 Responses
  1. henry birdseye

    Congratulations, Joren. I’ve been freelance since 2001. For a year, I have worked out my house alone and the work has never been steadier.

    You’ll love it.

  2. Frank Busch

    Congratulations. I´m self-emloyied the last 30 years. It´s wonderful to be responsible for your own life. – I´m pretty sure you will do fine in the future, cause you have great ideas and are able to present your ideas in an entertaining way.

    All the best.

  3. Dan H

    Good luck, brother! And be aware that I may be one of your first customers. My business has some interesting things coming up and would love to see if we could work together. Where can we go to see your past work or reel? Would love to see your style in action.

    Thanks, Joren! Only thing I can say is “Come on in. The water’s fine!!!”

  4. Im sure you will not regret jumping, it was the best decision I ever made, I just wish I had done it earlier. I wish you all the very best, congrats!

  5. JG

    Hey Joren… Good luck with u new challenge i can tell that u will do great as freelancer.. i know u can do u are very talented!!!!
    Congrats from one of your followers here in UK..

    Take Care

  6. Nelson B

    Im a graphic artist and had to freelance because my employer for 10 years went out of business. I always did my freelance stuff at my home office but now a year of been freelance I hardly see myself working for a boss again. I earn the same or even a little bit more doing it from my home, eating better, exercising more and spending less. Discipline is a must.

    Keep up the great work! Wish you the best.

  7. Congrats Joren! Your tutorials have been a real help for me in those times of question and I’m once cat who really appreciates all you have done for the industry. Keep on rockin’ out the work bro!

  8. Justin Olson

    Congrats bud! This is a huge step…but from what you have taught, I have no doubt you will go far in your endeavors. Congrats again!

  9. Lu

    It’s a BIG milestone in one’s life, an accomplishment, and just plain feels so good
    because you’ve done it!

    If you have self-discipline coupled
    with some drive and pace yourself as
    to keep the steam going – that’s the ticket!

    And remember to appreciate yourself as well!

    HUGE Congrats Joren!!!!

    I’m a big fan : )


  10. fasteddie

    Congrats Joren, super-pumped for you dude! For what it’s worth I will keep buying your model packs as a loyal fan (for 10% of what you make each year of course!) Seriously though, I’m sure if you continue to work so hard and display the skills you have shown in your tuts, you have nothing to worry about. I wish you the best and thanks for all the great tuts and models 🙂

  11. DesignedByJeff

    I am very happy for U. I am also thinking about jumping on the bandwagon but not quite yet!
    I wish you all the best for this new challenge!

  12. Hi Joren,
    what a wonderful and exiciting news!
    That reminds me of June 2011: I did the same choice.
    Your words are so true to me and I share your feelings. But life is one and I think it’s a must to give ourselves a chance “simply to see if it’s possible”.

    So, keep rocking and I wish you all the best!


  13. Stephen

    This topic has been weighing on my mind for quite some time. I think it is time for me to do the same, but man is it scary to make the leap.

    Congrats Joren! Any advice or knowledge you could impart during your transition would be great!

  14. Philip

    Im freelancing 10 years now, i would never go back, you get paid for the hours you put in as opposed to a take out pizza for working overtime, and if you wanna take a break its up to you. Given the quality of your work and excellent attitude you will have no problem. Its the start of the rest of your life, enjoy.

  15. Craig

    Congratulations Joren. An exciting time for you. After 7 yrs of teaching, (with lots of late nights) I have crossed over into full time media design and am loving it. Agree with above commment…just watch the taxes! All the best

  16. Good luck Joren! I agree, you will do brilliantly. I’m in the middle of thinking about the leap too, scared and excited so hopefully see you on the other side!


  18. Congratulations Joren! You got my full support. I went through the same feelings when I made the move, it is normal to feel this way. Everything will be fine! Keep up the great work.
    Carlos Florez

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