Is freelancing child's play? - Kids' App Designer Chris O'Shea


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Chris O’Shea first started freelancing straight out of college.

After teaching himself web development with a library book, Chris had a phone line installed in his childhood bedroom in the family home. From there, 18-year-old Chris ran his own web design company in what was his first stab at self-employment.

Sadly, (or luckily, depending on how you look at it) that one didn’t work out, and so Chris went back to uni to study a Digital Art degree.

Moving to London in 2005, Chris soon found himself leading the way in the world of interactive installations.

Travelling the world, running events and managing a successful blog - all alongside doing the work in his freelance business - Chris became an authority in his field.

From building a name for himself to building a family; Chris is now a stay-at-home dad of two. Shifting to a career that allows him to work on projects he loves while still being around for his kids.

We talk about what he learnt from that early experience of freelance life, how he applied those lessons to the impressive career he built for himself in London, and how he’s now found himself scaling back a little to juggle family life with running his third business, ‘Cowly Owl’.

Chris isn’t just designing games. He’s designing a work life that fits his family.

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