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Freelancer Lifeline is a resource destination where FX members can find grant opportunities, loan information, digital events, creative tools, and more. We hope it serves as a source of comfort, inspiration, and support as we navigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic together.
Julie Cortés is an award-winning freelance advertising/marketing copywriter and proofreader, who works in all mediums and most industries. Her client and account lists run the gamut, from ad agencies and design shops to corporations and small businesses. Cortés has dedicated her 20+ year career to helping other freelancers be successful as well. She is the founder of The Freelance Exchange of KC, an adjunct professor at the KC Art Institute where she created her own course, Freelancing 101, and a professional speaker and business coach targeting both freelancers and the people who hire them.
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George brings a combination of business acumen, sales passion, and servant leadership to his role. Since his early career, George has been involved with creative teams and their business leaders, taking care of client relationships and developing new ones. He leads new business initiatives from his grounding in strategy, his orientation toward relationship development, and his core values of service. One of his special gifts is the ability to help a team identify their unique positioning to the market, and then to translate that into new business results through effective prospecting, targeting, and new and expanded relationships that lead to sales.
Maegan Kabel is a photographer and motion graphics artist with a flair for the bold, energetic, and thought-provoking. She started her photography journey at age 13, carrying her through college where she stumbled into the world of motion design and all of its creative techniques. Since returning to her hometown of Kansas City, Maegan has surrounded herself with all things art and coffee—her two main passions. She joined FX’s Leadership team to support a creative community and get more involved in what the KC freelance scene has to offer.
A Kansas City native, Estella attended Texas Christian University. She started photographing abstract images after receiving her first camera at age three, a Polaroid and has loved being behind the lens ever since. The culmination of photography and a love of reading and writing has led to gallery exhibits of her photography (Art Basel Miami 2019), three screenplays, a collection of short stories, poetry/lyrics, and a novel, Jaded. Currently, Estella uses her creative skill set to produce content ranging from fine art, content marketing, and short films.
Elizabeth was FX's very first Membership Director and she is excited to put her 25+ years of entrepreneurial experience to work! A Texas transplant, avid coffee lover, proud mother of two, survivor of divorce and a true creative visionary. Her passion and strategic ability to adapt to the client’s needs and create from the business owner’s shoes – whether by pixel or print – is phenomenal. Elizabeth is a dynamic communicator who will keep it real, make you laugh, empower you to soar to new heights and realize your strengths.
Antisha Gaitan a multi-disciplinary creative marketing professional that has a passion for visual storytelling through video, photography, and design. Because of her media and website design background, she provides a different level of creative strategy to her clients. Antisha joined FX's Board of Directors to become more involved with the freelance community and help the organization move forward. She loves to spend her time helping others, so she volunteers as a Boy Scout leader and a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her two sons.
Hamama Bushra is an enthusiastic traditional illustrator and graphic designer, who enjoys the unique hands-on process that analog offers. She also makes a mean cup of tea. She plans all the coffee meet-ups and the happy hours that members and non-members alike can enjoy.
While working full-time in Kansas City, Matthaus found his real passion - solving problems for small and medium sized businesses, especially eCommerce! As a full-time freelancer, he's brought his knowledge of Web, IT, and Business to make life easier for owners, agencies, and fellow freelancers. Matthaus joined the FX's Board of Directors to meet fellow freelancers and to give back to the local freelance community. He loves mountain biking, watching sports, live music, cooking and getting together with friends.
Design Chair Kansas City native Erin Albright is driven by a need to create, whether that’s a memorable graphic, her own business or a children’s book. She’s the owner and founder of Albright Creative, LLC, where she helps businesses put their best visual foot forward with graphic and web design services. Erin is also the author of “Sassie’s New Home,” a whimsical, comforting children’s book that helps kids cope with the death of a beloved pet. In her spare time, she loves going on road trips, watercolor painting, reading a good book, and listening to true crime podcasts.