Freelance Work – Active Medical Training

I’ve recently finished a freelance work for a company called Active Medical Training, based in Georgia. I was contacted by email about the piece I have posted on my website about how to apply a tourniquet, done in line work. The interest was the company had a tactical emergency kit with medical supplies and they needed illustrations to go along with each product on their use. There were 11 products, and each had between 3-7 steps. The major kicker was the time I was given to create the illustrations. At first the deadline was only a few days after initial contact, but thankfully it was extended to allow me two weeks to finish. And I needed every available moment I could take; it took the entire two weeks to make all the illustrations, send off for revisions, make revisions, and send off again. I also had to design and arrange them into several layouts for their final placement in the emergency kit.

I was sent product descriptions and quick sketches on each of their steps, and I also found images of the products online and used my own hands for reference. All of the illustrations were done in Illustrator.

As the work was for-hire, I do not own any copyrights and cannot post images of the illustrations. I am OK with that though for this particular work. The images are being used for a good cause, I made them specifically for their purpose, and I didn’t put into them the emotional attachment I would have in most of my pieces. However, given the time I spent putting into it, I was quite honestly underpaid. At first I was asked to give an hourly rate based on a sample I gave them of one of the products. The rate I gave was extremely low, considering I have a graduate degree in the subject. But ultimately it was said that there was a limited budget and I would be paid based on that, with half up front and the rest after completion.

I do appreciate the opportunity and the experience, though. And I was told by the company that I’d be contacted again for future works, so maybe I’m starting to build a small clientele.


One thought on “Freelance Work – Active Medical Training

  1. Proud of your attitude Lauren, but you need not sell yourself short. The experience was valuable, true, but so was your time. Hope you at least get recognition for your hard work in the publication materials.


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