In 2011, my buddy, Adam Tompkins, and I decided to do something about the lack of structure and support for freelance creatives. Not just creatives that were between jobs, but the really good ones that wanted to stay independent so that they could have creative lives beyond how they earned a paycheck. Some of the best talent in the business fits into this category. So we conceived Working Not Working, the first real-time network that broadcasts the availability of the best freelance creatives to companies looking to hire them. Built by Oak Studios, we launched in January 2012. To date, we have over 3,600 creatives on the roster and more than 200 of the best creative companies in the world using Working Not Working to manage their freelance talent – including Google, Apple, Droga5, Wieden+Kennedy, Mother, Airbnb, Kickstarter, R/GA and The New York Times. 


Working Not Working is an invite-only community of the best
CREATIVES 
in the UNIVERSE. We seek out the most respected, most awarded
and hardest working people so you don’t have to.


Creatives create a profile and keep it updated to broadcast WHETHER they are WORKING, AVAILABLE or AVAILABLE SOON.

 

MANAGERS SEARCH + DISCOVER TALENT. THEN ADD THEM TO THEIR DASHBOARD WHERE THEY CAN QUICKLY SEE WHO'S FREE AND WHO'S NOT.

 

THE FREELANCER HOLIDAY PARTY

For too long freelancers have been left out in the cold like poor, crippled Tiny Tim. Watching through the windows while full-time folks get gropey on the dance floor at office holiday parties. In 2012, we changed that with The First Annual Freelancer Holiday Party.

THE FIRST ANNUAL FREELANCER HOLIDAY PARTY

12/19/12 • SANTOS PARTY HOUSE • NYC • LIVE PERFORMANCE BY TURQUOISE JEEP • DJ SETS BY ALEX FREDERICK + JONNY SANTOS
PHOTOS BY WNW MEMBER #1680 MICAELA MCLUCAS

 

THE SECOND ANNUAL FREELANCER HOLIDAY PARTY

12/11/13 • WORK IN PROGRESS (W.I.P.) • NYC • MUSIC BY DJ AYRES (THE RUB) + JOHN MCSWAIN
GIFS BY SMILEBOOTH

 

THE THIRD ANNUAL FREELANCER HOLIDAY PARTY

12/10/14 • FINALE • NYC • MUSIC BY VA$HTIE + ALEX FREDERICK
PHOTOS BY WNW MEMBER #1183 AHMED KLINKGIFS BY SMILEBOOTH