From Chaos to Clarity: Productivity Strategies to Thrive as a Freelance Motion Designer

From Chaos to Clarity: Productivity Strategies to Thrive as a Freelance Motion Designer


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From Chaos to Clarity: Productivity Strategies to Thrive as a Freelance Motion Designer


Applications Open:


  • Mid-level animators with an existing animation reel
  • Organized self-starters
  • Animators who are new to freelance or need a better freelance strategy


  • Best time and task management practices
  • Client acquisition and tracking
  • How to network more effectively with clients AND colleagues
  • Building your accountability support system
  • Hacking your environment to start and stay in a more productive state


  • How to edit an animation reel
  • Portfolio website design
  • Pricing
  • Approaching big studios for long-term freelance jobs

Qualification Criteria

Early Career (3-5 yrs of experience)
Mid Level (6-10 yrs of experience)

Day / Time

Times Per Month:  Twice 
Day / Time:  Monday at 5:00 pm
Timezone: MDT

* You must meet the qualification criteria AND be able to attend the posted day/time of the circle (please note the timezone posted)


Building a freelance career can feel confusing and intimidating, and folks might be tempted to think that full-time work is the only way to go. But with continual shifts in the industry and a wide variety of freelance opportunities available, freelancing may be your golden ticket to success in the motion industry! This circle is going to give you the organizational tools to create your custom game plan and build up your confidence to not just survive but THRIVE!

We’ll discuss the freelance pipeline from finding and managing clients to organizing your day to networking and building accountability markers and a support system. By the end of this circle, you will have the tools you need to set yourself up for a great freelance career or to take your current freelance life to the next level.

ADDITIONAL Application Requirements

Please submit the following as part of your Application Profile: 

  • Animation Reel
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement

Circle Leader

Jen Van Horn

I am a remote, freelance Senior Motion Designer and Art Director based in Loveland, Colorado. I’ve been professionally animating for 9 years, and in that time I have animated over 150+ explainer videos. I am an online educator on YouTube, a teaching assistant for School of Motion, and the Creative Director and Host for the weekly motion podcast, “Monday Meeting.”


Current Title: Senior Motion Designer and Art Director

Studio / Employer:  Freelance


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