Creatives dominate Freelancer of the Year shortlists
A nationwide search for talented freelancers has returned a host of self-employed people in the creative industries.
The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, which ran the search, says it has now drawn up shortlists for Freelancer of the Year 2018, more than half of which contains creatives.
In the best freelancer category, they include a PR Consultant (James McCann-Ellerington); two Writers (Stephanie Drax, Iona Bain) an Actress (Shabana Hussain), a Mime Artist (Richard Knight), a Graphic Designer (Mandy Barker) and a Journalist (Frances Ryan).
All of the finalists except one hails from the creative industry – identical to the new freelancer category, which features a Digital Producer (Joseph Bell), a Journalist (Gemma Milne) and an Events Producer (Lauren Stacy).
Creatives also account for half of the best young freelancer category – two designers in fact (Leah Layzell, Thomas Love), who are pitted against a Zero-Waste Consultant and an IT Support contractor.
“Well done to all our 20 finalists this year,” reflected IPSE’s Chris Bryce. “Leaders in their fields, they show the true diversity and sheer entrepreneurial energy of the freelance community today.”
Other finalists at the awards, now in their fifth year, include The Hoxby Collective, VIP VA, Freelance Heroes and Freelance Mum, all of whom are vying for the coveted ‘Ambassador of the Year’ award.
All the short-listed entrants will be judged on a range of criteria including the strength of their portfolio, their passion and commitment to freelancing, business acumen, creativity and the distinctiveness of their work, before the winners are crowned at an awards ceremony in London on Monday May 10th.