Tell us your bold boss story!:
Hello! I’m an artist and illustrator in Denver, Colorado. I am obsessed with coffee, interior design, vintage jewelry and fashion books. My happy place is at home in my studio with a jumbo mug, sketching, editing, creating products for my Etsy shop, and trying in vain to keep the cat off the keyboard.
After college I worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world, but found it a bit restrictive, as I couldn’t be as creative as I wanted to be. I was always painting and sketching in my spare time, so I decided to make the transition from design to illustration. I've had the opportunity to work with private clients and businesses to create custom illustrations for blogs, social media, bespoke portraits and branding materials.
I recently decided to make the leap to working freelance full time, focusing on fashion illustration and building my own brand of illustrated prints, mugs, phone cases, and pillows. At the moment I’m working on a line of greeting cards, including a holiday collection, soon to hit my shop.
We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!:
A couple years ago I was asked to illustrate a children's book, which I'd never done before and was definitely challenged by. It took a year and a half and a lot of trial and error, but I finally did it and now it's out there in the world. It was gratifying to get a hard copy of the book, with "illustrated by" me on the cover. I don't know if I'll ever do anything like that again, but I learned a lot by taking the leap and stepping out of my comfort zone, and I'm glad I did it.
Another cool thing was being re-grammed by Saks Fifth Avenue. That happened soon after I started an Instagram account, and I realized how far-reaching a platform it is. So many people saw my work from just that one post! It was an exciting moment.
What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Going Bold community?:
Don’t expect everyone to understand. There will always be those who assume it’s just a hobby, or ask when you’re going to get a real job. Don’t let that throw you off. Just stay on your path and keep learning and improving. Also, reach out to others in the same field for support. It can get lonely going it alone, especially if you’re an introvert like me. I’ve found a great network of fellow illustrators on Instagram. Seek out people who understand your entrepreneurial bent and fully support it.