• 301 Original Photography Critique (and Kyle's Birthday)

    — About the 301 Critique — This is an old school photography critique. Honesty and open mindedness are critical to the process as long as that honesty can be backed up by some learned experience. { Plus it's Kyle's birthday party. That's how much he likes these critiques } How it works: - Must bring a curated selection of semi-current work (up to 5 pieces) in either PDF or jpg form on a flash drive. - An optional introduction to the pieces will be welcomed then we'll open up for group conversation about the piece - Bring snacks and drinks if you like, always nice to have something to munch on during these critiques - 5 minutes per image (helps us to stay on track throughout it) Rules: - Be respectful - Backup whatever you say with experience - Keep an open mind - Nervous? Great! Lean into it The 301 Original studio is a safe space for photographers (and creatives as a whole) to grow. That means we are judgement-free. Think your material is going to be too edgy to show your family? Anything goes here (there better be a good reason behind it though) so don't hesitate to push creative boundaries. — Donations — No one pays to attend unless you'd like to make a donation of any amount to Imerman Angels — a Chicago based organization that provides current cancer patients with Angels (mentors) to help them through their treatments. Kyle's Mom, Liz, has been an Angel for just over two years now. Hope to see you at the 301 Original critique. — Logistics/Parking — Studio Address: The Sixty Spring Building - 60 E Spring St, Unit 113 Columbus, OH 43215. Metered parking is available along 3rd and Spring Street, lots are available across the street from the Studio ($3 & $5 weekend parking) and there’s a garage located half a block west on Spring. When you arrive, look for a gated courtyard on the North side of spring, we’ll have someone there to let you in and point you down the hall to Unit 113 and the fun. But if you catch us slipping and no one’s there, dial #184 at the gate and Kyle will buzz you in/come get you.

  • Why Freelancing Should Be in Every Creative’s Toolkit (How to Add It to Yours)

    [Because he’s a copywriter Alex wrote this description - the opinions and foul language expressed within are entirely the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official position of 301 Original. But mostly they do.] Fancy yourself a creative? That tells us a lot about you, perhaps most importantly that you're pretty badass at things like: - Graphic Design/Illustration - Photography - Writing - Coding - UX/UI - Video/Animation - Audio Production And that’s lovely. Great for you. But you could be even more badass. And if you haven’t found your way to using that creative might in a job/business you love, there’s definitely room for improvement. That’s where freelancing comes in. Not for you, I know; your couple of freelancing friends probably need you for emotional support more often than you can handle. Or you just don’t know how you could make it as a freelancer. Where the hell would you even start? And working at home is probably lonely as hell though you could go to coffee shops but then parking and finding a table and $4 lattes every day adds up. All of these are bullshit non-excuses (BSNE®). Whether you want to: - Earn some extra $$$ - Build a few business skills - Grow your network - Expand your portfolio (while getting paid) - Hone your creative skills - Have that much more confidence to leave your day job if it’s not 100% your jam Freelancing and Alex Bell are here for you friends (that second one most of the time; but I’ve got jobs to do and trips to take and Tinder dates to go on, too, lol). Even though you’re already pretty badass (we can all be better). Even if you like your day job enough (maybe one day you won’t). Even if you’re building a company (we all need to eat, even if your startup can’t afford it yet). And especially if you hate your current source of income (because that. shit. sucks.). So come hang out at the 301 Original Studio, enjoy some tasty Aladin’s Eatery and Land Grant, and let’s discuss the why and how of freelancing. — WHO'S THIS ALEX GUY, ANYWAY? — After slogging it in the restaurant industry for a few years, knowing I wanted to be some sort of entrepreneur, I jumped ship to start freelancing with (basically) no skills and no network, just a flagging belief in myself and about 3 months of food/rent money saved. 3 years and plenty of struggle later, I’ve done about $200k in copywriting and content marketing work and still do this thing full-time. I offer no “ultimate solutions” or “insider secrets” just perspectives I’ve developed and tactics I’ve used from the bit of experience I have that might help you on your journey. — TICKETS — Tickets are $5 available through Eventbrite; 100% of proceeds donated to Imerman Angels (https://imermanangels.org). Kyle's Mom, Liz, is a 2-time, Ovarian Cancer survivor. After Kyle connected her with one of the founders of Imerman Angels, she's become an Angel herself. Angels are Cancer survivors who are dedicated to mentoring current cancer patients through their trials, whatever they may be. To this date, Liz has had three mentees in various locations around the United States. Copy the URL below to buy tickets from Eventbrite!! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alex-bell-tickets-61475803784 — Food & Drink — All you can eat/drink Aladin’s Eatery and Land Grant (unless you come starving/are an alcoholic #beenthere). — Logistics/Parking — Studio Address: The Sixty Spring Building - 60 E Spring St, Unit 113 Columbus, OH 43215. Metered parking is available along 3rd and Spring Street, lots are available across the street from the Studio ($3 & $5 weekend parking) and there’s a garage located half a block west on Spring. When you arrive, look for a gated courtyard on the North side of spring, we’ll have someone there to let you in and point you down the hall to Unit 113 and the fun. But if you catch us slipping and no one’s there, dial #184 at the gate and Kyle will buzz you in/come get you.