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Happy Good Make Feel Nice: How Art Turns A Profit

Tuesday, June 18th 6-10pm

The Daily Grind Cafe 7 Art Bar, 1479 Birmingham Street, $2.00

Presentation followed by our usual low-key, friendly socializing. Happy Hour until 8pm.

Though only in the freelance illustration business for four years, Liz Mac has made a name for herself using her skills AND her personality. She’s learned the hard way that it takes more than talent to sell art – you also have to think, act, and sell, creatively to stand out in a crowd. Liz will be dropping by E3C on June 18 to tell you her story and how she changed her underdog status into a viable source of income.

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Check Out Our May Meetup

When: 7-11pm, Wednesday May 29th

Where: The Foggy Goggle Pub (upstairs), 2057 Gottingen Street

What: May Meetup

While we don’t have a guest speaker this month, that shouldn’t mean you should miss this visual artist meetup! East Coast Creative Collective is a low-key social meetup that invites visual artists and creative types to hang out. Students, professionals and enthusiasts are all encouraged to attend.

Join other designers, illustrators, photographers, animators, painters, drawers and more! Stay the whole night or just stop by to say ‘hi’.

What happens at E3C?

  • We believe in interdisciplinary socializing: attendees make new acquaintances as everyone has the common drive to creative.
  • People seek mentors, studio mates or others to collaborate with.
  • Some people bring WIPs to continue to work on, or show their work to get feedback. Note this is not required – we are a social event first and foremost.
  • Feeling creatively blocked? An hour talking through it with others is a great remedy to get unstuck!
  • Considering making a living from your art or getting back into a medium after a few years? Come be inspired and supported.

Whatever you need to progress your creative journey forward, E3C aims to create a space where it can happen.

$2.00 . +19 . Find us upstairs.

Various photos of the E3C April meetup event

“Design for TV Development” with Rafael Ziah Franco Recap

What is the intersection of design and show pitches? Rafael Ziah Franco had a lot to say about this. On April 23rd, more than 30 animators, designers, drawers and the curious took in his talk.
Rafael is a Colombia-born filmmaker, photographer, television director and avid traveller, living and working in Halifax.
“Design for TV Development” started with the origins of common screen elements. Then, how these standards have evolved into today’s online media.  Finally, he walked through all the elements of a Show Bible. Which happens to be similar to Brand Standards guide used in branding. Through out the presentation, Rafael encouraged attendees to share their experiences. It was very engaging, and some insights very surprising!
During Q&A, someone asked about how they could apply his information to pitching music videos. Another asked about what to expect once a pitch is received. Other attendees commented that while they were not in TV or design, much of what Rafael still rang true. Such as how any artist can show concepts to potential clients, galleries or the public.
Following Q&A, many animators and writers bent Rafael’s ear to show him projects they were working on. Others asked advice on how to better pitch ideas they had in the making. 
E3C wishes to thank Rafael for taking the time to talk to us. We look forward to hearing the progress of many projects brought to our attention that night. Photos by Shannon Dawn Ellis.
Would you like to speak to our group? We’re always looking for presenters who have something to share with our interdisciplinary group!

March Meetup: Clients From Hell

Wednesday, March 20, 7-11:30pm

The Hopyard, 2103 Gottingen Street, $2.00

Presentation followed by chill hang outs. Meet and get to know other visual artists in a comfortable, low-key atmosphere. Designers, animators, drawers, writers, students, professionals and the enthusiastic are all invited.

Know Your Worth: Communication Strategies for Dealing with Clients From Hell

As the editor in chief of Clients From Hell, Kyle Carpenter knows your pain. For years now he has read every story about stiffed payments, unreasonable demands, sexist clients and requests for Comic Sans submitted to . He knows how bad it can get out there, and he feels for each and every one of you creative workers dealing with bad clients.

In this talk, Kyle will go over some of his “favourite” stories from the Clients From Hell archives and discuss strategies for how to deal with troublesome clients, or even avoid them entirely. Laugh, cry, commiserate… then strategize.

Speaker Bio
Kyle Carpenter is an award-winning writer, content manager, and the editor in chief of Clients From Hell. He’s also a swell guy who recently moved to Halifax and can’t wait to meet you. Come hang out and share your war stories with him! Trust us, though – he’s heard them all.

swirl representing a creative conference coming to Halifax

Creative Conference in Halifax Survey

We’re planning an amazing conference in Halifax!

The East Coast Creative Collective  is in the preliminary stages of planning a one day conference aimed at inspiring creative professionals and visual artists. We feel there is a gap here in Halifax in regards to an event aimed at the creatively driven. Something locally run, that will get your blood pumping and inspiration flowing.

We have been running our monthly meetups for over 6 years, as well as numerous portfolio nights, panel discussions and lectures. Now let’s go REALLY big!

Getting the lay of the land is always key, so we are surveying the interest of bringing such an event to Halifax, and need your input!