What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Here is my current price list at my website.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I read many Books about The Business Of Running a Design business and always have to stay up to date on new Techniques and capabilities of my software/hardware. I am Primarily self taught in all facets of design work.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Typically you Don't Decide on a Hobby or Passion, It Calls you.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Digital Illustration & Company branding are the most popular.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
There are a couple. The DRIVE and INFINITY albums I Worked on. Many many hours of tedious work. The last would be the Chamillionaire cover I did in correlation with a Song I also sold to him. This artist has been my favorite rapper since I was very young, to work with him on Both Music and Artwork was such a Blessing, I will never forget it.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
ANALYZE their style. Critique their Client proofing. Make sure you do the homework on how long this person has been designing for and review their feedback if any. There are Many people out there who claim to be graphic artists and just use Purchased items to complete projects, I call them "Scheme Artists" , Cookie cutter design and copy and paste tactics. Your money is far too important, do the homework on designers and you will be fine.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
With all due respect, one thing I wish Incoming Customers would keep in mind when searching for graphic artists is That I am not the previous Designer you hired Nor will I work around their System. Artists Vary Wildly by style and Skill Set, each designer is not going to rip you off nor will they take your money and Run, it is a common anxiety and is completely understandable. I make sure my clients are completely comfortable and entrusting to me by providing my incoming customers with constant contact and 1on 1 consultations any time of the day if requested in advance.