Jen Brown

MediAarts

I am by nature a freelancing animal and have been pursuing this professional trajectory for some decades now.

Over the span of my professional life I’ve been a teacher, researcher and learning designer as well as artist/musician. In these varied capacities I’ve done contract work within the public school system, TAFE, private enterprise and university sectors, always with a creative approach to providing high quality learning experiences for students of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

With the arrival of the world wide web in the mid 1990s, my career became focussed around development of online learning and provision of high quality multimedia resources for university courses. I worked in this arena through to 2010 when I made the transition to working primarily as an independent artist and photographer/videographer.

I’m a compulsive lifelong learner and have completed numerous tertiary qualifications including several Bachelor of Arts degrees, teaching diplomas, a Master of Education and two PhDs in creative arts.

My professional life continues to be driven by a passion for the arts and education, particularly the ways in which artists and educators can be a force for cultural critique and change.

my core skills

artist

outdoor projection

photomedia

video

soundscapes

learning design

Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

I am delighted to have been working over that special span of time in history that saw the transition from analogue to digital media and the opening up of all kinds of opportunities for connectivity and creativity.

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

There is no typical week for me and that's one thing I love about being a freelancer.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

I mostly work from my home studio in Launceston, but am also highly mobile and have recently completed creative assignments in far-flung places such as Portugal and Indonesia. I love to combine work and travel.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

What sets me apart is perhaps the breadth and longevity of eclectic professional experience I can bring to bear on current projects.

What are the tools of your trade?

The Internet and digital gear of all kinds for capturing, editing and presenting multimedia content: cameras, tripods, microphones, projectors, sound systems and, at the centre of it all of course, a reliable and powerful laptop.

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

I most often work solo as an independent artist at this point of time, but have also enjoyed numerous professional collaborations with businesses, education and arts organisations and other creative practitioners. Collaborative projects have taken the form of contract work with teams as well as less formal alliances with other independent practitioners.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

The biggest lesson I have learned in becoming a freelancer is the necessity for good time management and juggling numerous projects simultaneously.

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