This coming year is going to have a lot of changes for me. I am excited about it. I’ve never been afraid of change. It’s a little nerve racking, and I do panic every now and then but truly it is exciting. Both my little ones will be in school this coming year. Which means for the first time in 7 years I can work full time (during daylight hours), and focus solely on my illustration business and making art. Full time work has already started. I was going to ease myself into it, but like any Freelancer will tell you, you rarely have that option. It’s normally an all or nothing type of career. I’ve been in this industry for over 10 years now, and it’s always been the case. I am either buried in work, or worrying and trying to line up the next one. I’ve talked to other illustrators who’ve been working for much longer than myself and they say it doesn’t really change, it’s all part of the game. I love it. I consider myself truly lucky, to be payed to do something that I LOVE.
So today, in my bit of free time from contract work, I am going to work on some new business cards, and write down a few ideas for mailers. I’ve been doing it over the years, but I feel like I am starting fresh in a lot of ways and it’s time to refresh my business identity. This fall I will be putting myself back out there. I am hoping to work with new people, new publishing houses, wonderfully brilliant art directors and editors and writers. And I am going to have a blast doing it!