What does a typical working day look like and where does it happen?
I’ve just recently moved into my first proper studio after working from home for more than two years (not ideal) and I’m still adjusting. I generally try to have set working hours (10am-6pm), but this can change if I have a last minute deadline or a huge project. I used to really enjoy working between midnight and 6am in my early twenties but I very quickly realised that this was not sustainable!
Every day is different, but generally I spend my mornings checking my to do list and replying to urgent emails. I usually get any drafts and sketches done in the morning too, as that’s when I find it easiest to come up with new ideas. Often I’ll spend the latter half of the day developing the illustrations.
What would you say are the biggest challenges associated with being freelance and how do you deal with these?
The unpredictability and pace of the workload, finding your feet financially (especially in the beginning) and generally finding balance and wearing lots of different hats (not literally, but no judgement if that’s your look).
You have to be your own agent, marketing manager, accountant, social media manager, workshop facilitator, teacher and admin assistant. Sometimes it feels like the thing you’re setting out to do – in my case, illustration – can get left behind. The business side of things is important but you need to be careful not to get lost in it.
Having said that, I can’t imagine working full-time for someone else. The freedom and choice of being freelance outweighs the negatives.