What I've been trying to do the past couple of days is land a job designing gig posters. If I can team up with a band, record label, or venue, I'll have a steady stream of work and income. It'd be a good way to get my foot in the door. I'm at a bit of a disadvantage because I don't have a portfolio, and I'm working on GIMP instead of photoshop, but to compensate for that I plan on offering a free poster to prove that I'm competent and pricing each poster at $35 for the design. I don't know what the usual cost of design goes for, but $35 seems extrememly competitive for a high quality design.
So far I've contacted someone related to a local record company about making gig posters and I've gotten no reply. I'm guessing I'll have to talk directly to someone from the company to land the job. They represent 14 bands so I'd be doing at least one poster a week. I'm really hoping to score this job.