Many of us that are on the autistic spectrum have high level skills that can be used in our career.
“I have a constant battle with my own lack of confidence and low self esteem”
As you may know by now, I am a person with high functioning autism. I am also a professional film maker and musician. I had a reasonable amount of success in these areas over the last 20 or so years.
However, I feel that my success has been hampered by my lack of skill in coping with the social challenges of being an autistic person trying to negotiate my way through life.
Autistic and freelance? The problems are as follows:
1. Not being comfortable around other people.
2. Being confident enough to ask for the right amount of money for the job you are doing
3. Understanding the social “rules”
4. Networking. This must be a nightmare for most people on the autistic spectrum but essential if working freelance.
5. Preferring to work alone
6. Understanding the brief. Getting the bigger picture of what the client wants.
7. Understanding the information given by the client as we can have great difficulty processing information given verbally.
8. Allowing our low self esteem to create a damaging image to people that may hire us to do work for them.
Are there other things you can add to this list?
There must be many autistic people out there working as freelance artists, musicians, software writers, photographers and authors. We are able to do great work but do we always ask for enough money for our services? I expect not. I have a constant battle with my own lack of confidence and low self esteem. We are also often plagued with depression and anxiety impacting on our sense of self worth.
I do accept that many non autistics also suffer with problems of low self worth and anxiety, but as autistic people living independently the list of challenges we face often seem insurmountable. We have to climb a mountain before we even get to the mountain.
Please comment on your experiences of being autistic and freelance.
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