• Jess Costa

All a Freelancer Needs: ArtCube Nation

ArtCube Nation is the social professional network for the art department that lives online and can be delivered straight to your email. We’re all busy so why wait until you’re home on a computer? Your network comes straight to you.

Our community is a powerful tool for freelancers in film, theater, and events. Here are our top 10 ways to use ArtCube Nation!

1. Sell your leftovers.

We are creating a more environmentally conscious film industry. We know when one set ends another begins. When you have flats, couches, half gallons of paint - someone wants it! No clutter, no dumpsters. Save that cost and the hassle.

2. Find crew/extra help.

Need PA’s? A carpenter? A scenic or fabricator? And you probably need them tomorrow at 6 AM call and it’s 11 PM the night before, right? We’ve got you! Post your crew needs for tomorrow or next month and available people will respond. We’ve found our dream teams through last-minute postings, so why spend hours texting colleagues to ask for referrals after referrals. Ask your ArtCube Community!

3. Ask the real-time Cube mind.

Need some advice? Ask your fellow Cubers. We are a group of professionals spanning different backgrounds and qualifications. We will share our knowledge. Be sure to thank Cubers personally!

4. Find a gig.

Looking for work? Keep an eye on the Cube. Even during these times, we have jobs available. Cubers will share what COVID protocols each set has. Stay working and stay safe. Our SFX artist and fabricator, Samantha Mileski, shared that, “I’ve gotten every single job from ArtCube, especially since COVID.”

5. Get something fabricated.

Makers abound on the Cube. Cuber’s like Quinn Stone have made fake caves in less than a week and folx have produced props overnight. Post your specs, be specific, even share reference photos and ask for estimates. Either your future fabricator will reply or a fellow Cuber will connect you with someone who can get the job done!

6. Sell your kits, tools, and announce set sales.

We don’t need everything after set (as much as I try to repurpose it all). Recoup some money and get those assets on another production. If you have specialty items or art you create, consider opening a seller profile on ArtCube Market to sell directly to the community and to the public.

7. Find that weird thing.

Maybe someone spied what you can’t find! Maybe they have it sitting in their storage unit or on their desk. “That’s the great thing about ArtCube - someone says, ‘I need 14 severed heads by 1 PM today,’ and someone is like, ‘It’s so weird I have that,’” Brain Colgan of ACME Brooklyn recounted.

8. Rate discussions/prevent labor abuse.

We need to stick together, Cube. Producers don’t always have your back. ArtCube does. Don’t undersell yourself, check to see what the new rates are, and let us know if a set isn’t up to par. We are in this industry because we love it, everyone should feel protected.

9. Get free and cheap stuff.

Pick up what someone doesn’t want! When I’m looking for a victorian couch, magically someone is getting rid of one on the Cube. It’s a miraculous feeling and it’s the ArtCube ecosystem.

10. Find love.

It happened once, it can happen again!

Become a part of the network that has your back: with jobs, advice, and stuff! Join at ArtCube Nation and explore one of our 120 cities where you have a community that will support you wherever you work.


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