2021 Fall Mentor

Marek Hosek (he/him)

Creative Director & Owner at mhdezign

Freelance ― Entrepreneurship

Debunking Freelance & Following Your Passion

While the experience of being a freelancer is liberating, there is much more than meets the eye. As a freelancer, you must have vision, drive and hard work, and the passion to push forward to execute that vision. While oftentimes considered a social stigma where success is relative to corporate achievements, freelance ultimately carries the weight of a project, management, relationships, passionate solutions, and expertise. They are Project Managers, Creative Directors, Designers, Accountants, Social Media Experts, Strategists, Hand-Holders, Task-Masters, Time-Managers, Cheerleaders, Self-Motivators, Mediators, Sales People and so much more.

Learn more about what it means to become a self-employed freelance entrepreneur with Creative Director & Owner, Marek Hosek. You will either grow your skill-set at an individual freelance level or learn how to create your independent creative business from the ground up. You’ll find how to navigate the ins and outs of being a freelance entrepreneur. You’ll talk through what it means to balance all of the hats you wear while still finding time to have a life after the workday is over. You’ll uncover ways to still love what you do while figuring out ways to monetize on it. As a group, you’ll practice ways to say ‘no’ to the wrong projects with confidence and dignity and you’ll find new ways to stay inspired with the right people around you.

Remote Sessions:
  • Google Hangouts (Remote)
All Levels:
  • Mentees should be interested in or currently running an independent creative business
Potential Mentor Topics:
  • What does it take to be a freelance entrepreneur?
  • Practice respecting your work
  • Navigate the sweet spot between work & life
  • Staying inspired to keep moving
  • Understand the power of teammates
Potential Takeaways:
  • Knowing how to say ‘no’ to the status quo
  • Running your business with confidence
  • The right tools & people to navigate within the freelance world
  • An understanding of balance to maintain your sanity

As an independent creator, Marek has navigated through so many peaks and valleys for almost two decades. He is passionate about sharing his experience (good and bad) which hopefully inspires and sparks others to keep going or start something new on their own. He has grown enterprises and brands through thoughtful and original business strategies and believes that great design can elevate and transform any business for market.

A multidisciplinary designer & artist with seasoned expertise in brand direction and visual communication, Marek is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has had his work featured in leading trade publications such as Communication Arts, GDUSA and Logolounge. Marek is also known for his philanthropic work and his appearances on ABC & Fox News.

Website: https://www.mhdezign.com

Talk to Marek about:

Philanthropy work with Haiti and Road Trips