In middle school, friends commissioned me to decorate their binders/notebooks and they paid me in snacks. Now I illustrate for clients all over the world and get paid to be creative. I just buy my own snacks now.
Looking back, would you do anything different?
Starting a career from scratch is tough. Looking back, there is one thing that I wish handled differently. Once I finished school, I had a bit of momentum with freelance clients and the projects that were coming in. I didn’t fully trust my ability to be a full-time illustrator, so I took on several part-time jobs that I thought were necessary to pay the bills. The part-time work became more full-time and I had less time and energy to lean into the momentum that I had going on in my illustration work. If I could go back, I would trust my abilities more and invest my time and energy in myself, rather than other jobs outside of illustration.