Thursday, September 15, 2011

4 Tips For Hiring a Graphic Artist For Your Mixtape

Your mixtape cover art is an important and extended part of your image and should be a dope and forthcoming visual representation of what’s to come on your mixtape. When hiring a graphic artist for your mixtape cover, you need to make sure they understand your music and brand and that they can bring your ideas to life or that they can bring forth their own creative mixtape cover ideas that will represent you and your mixtape effectively. So with that being said, here are 4 tips to consider when hiring a mixtape cover graphic artist.
1.    Versatility- When selecting a graphic artist, make sure that they are versatile and that they are creative and that they have a range of design skills, because you want someone who can convey your individuality and the themes and messages of your music, not someone who has a one size fit all approach to designing mixtape covers.
 
2.    Track Record- Request to see work they’ve done in the past and ask for testimonials. Additionally, when you’re hiring for services, such as PR/marketing or website design check track records as well.
 
3.     Professionalism- I know that the hip-hop industry can be a little casual, but business is business. Make sure you have a timeline for the work and ask that the graphic artist is being consistent with you and communicating effectively with you throughout the process.
 
4.    You Get What You Pay For- If you want good value for something, allot a budget and pay for it. When you are a DIY type of hip-hop artist, who more than likely has a day job it is important that you are budgeting and planning in advance for these types of cost.

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