Joshua Hale Fialkov

Purveyor of sheer awesomeness.

Joshua Hale Fialkov is the Harvey, Eisner, and Emmy Award nominated writer of graphic novels, animation, video games, film, and television, including:

THE LIFE AFTER, THE BUNKER, PUNKS, ELK'S RUN, TUMOR, ECHOES, KING, PACIFIC RIM, THE ULTIMATES, I, VAMPIRE, and JEFF STEINBERG CHAMPION OF EARTH. He's also written for NBC's CHICAGO MED and SYFY's upcoming INCORPORATED.

Photograph by Heidi Ryder

How I Do / What I Do - 037 - Somethings Got To Break

The amount of work that a freelancer has to stack up is one of the hardest, scariest parts of everything.  Especially after a slew of health problems (like I’ve had this month) knock you down.  So, what went from a breezy one or two scripts a week, is now up in the total meltdown of workarama.  

Part of that is because I’ve been overloaded the past few months, and, well, miss a couple days, and you’re a couple days behind, miss a couple weeks, and, it’s infinitely worse. 

So, part of coping is realizing that some stuff has to go.  The way I’ve prioritized it is the work that gives me the biggest long term benefit. That means that a lot of my work for hire is going away, and I’m focusing on the stuff that I own. 

Making money is a constant issue, don’t get me wrong, but, it’s become increasingly clear to me the past few years that the real way to fix that is not taking jobs to cover tomorrows costs.  It’s about creating opportunities to pay NEXT YEAR’s costs, and the next TEN YEARS after that.

There’s a point in every freelancers life where they start playing the long game.  This is my year.

If you enjoy this Tumblr, may I suggest pre-ordering my newest creator owned series, THE LIFE AFTER from onipress.  Final orders are due this coming Monday.  Tell your retailer, they’ll do the rest.