I got an email from a graduating illustration student last week. This is pretty normal, I frequently hear from students, in fact I invite it, and I love it, I enjoy conversing and will advise or support however I can. However this one student asked a question that really threw me, and that’s why…
Brilliant break down- although obviously I’m not an illustrator. I’m not even a freelancer… but, working in the creative industries, on your own, is tough.
I like this bullet point most of all:
4 - You have to work at being a superhero. I’ve known incredibly talented young illustrators get featured on every site going, they’ve even illustrated the covers of top design magazines, but that doesn’t directly lead to a queue of clients at the door, you can’t rely on hype to make an income, this isn’t X-Factor, this is business. Be humble, understand how many talented illustrators you’re up against, keep your mind very broad and be ready to work, strive and fight harder than you have ever even considered before. A successful freelance illustrator isn’t just a creative heart and a technical hand, they’re a professional, business mind. Be a super business.