Save up finances before going full-time freelance
Right now I’m still living with my parents and working from home, which isn’t too bad, but I’d like to get a studio soon. I’m managing to get enough paid work by now that I’m not as worried about my card being declined, which is nice. After I graduated, I had no sense of how to charge for work, which is an ongoing thing I’m getting better with. Thankfully though, in situations where I’ve undercharged, art directors have been cool enough not to take advantage of it. As well as illustration, I’ve found work screen printing for live events, risograph printing and I have a part-time cinema job. I’m saving up as much as I can before I go full-time as an illustrator, as I don’t want to make that jump and be stuck financially.
Dublin has been good to me
Based on what I’ve heard, there are more opportunities in London, as a bigger city with a larger design community. There are lots of people leaving Ireland right now, and sometimes it’s not hard to see why. I’d like to work abroad at some point, even for a year, but probably not until I’ve done everything I can here. However, Dublin has been good to me. There’s a fair share of commercial work if you look for it and a lot of cool people making great things.
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.
Do your best to make the work something you’re proud of and then show it to people. Also, this isn’t particularly profound, but one of my tutors in college once used the phrase “Furiously iterate” and that has really stuck with me. So draw every day. Get up and focus on the task at hand, and make the best work you can.
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