November 10th, 2006
How article


a recent article for HOW Magazine
“Draw Your own Conclusion -five tips for kick-starting your own freelance illustration career” (August 2006, pdf 1.6 mg)

Nov 10 2006
12:35 pm
Angela Rockett writes:

Thank you for posting this article, Keri. So much great advice in so small a space! I especially need to work on the “release attachment to outcome” step.

Nov 10 2006
5:07 pm
Anja writes:

Thanks for this, it’s useful for other work than illustration too. I’ve missed your wish jar stuff, and this article hit the mark – it’s great.

Nov 10 2006
9:35 pm
desmene writes:

Hey! Thanks for sharing!
and hurray for you getting a good article into HOW… no doubt your own promo work is working. :-)

Nov 10 2006
10:19 pm
Steve Sherlock writes:

Keri, the Hitchhiker Team came by today to write about your blog efforts.
You can read about it here: http://hgttb.blogspot.com/2006/11/wish-jar-keri-smith.html
Keep up the good work!

Nov 10 2006
10:32 pm
patricia writes:

Excellent article (and love the illos!)
Though I have still never done a mail-out in my career (all my jobs have been via web and email) I really prefer your approach of doing more personal mailings in small batches. One of the reasons I just could never get my act together and do a mailing is because I would just become overwhelmed with the countless number of companies that I would have to research and send out, if I decided to invest in say, 500 postcards. Because I’d have to mail out every single postcard if I wanted to get my money’s worth, now wouldn’t I?
If I ever do finally mail out samples, I am using your wonderful (and fun!) suggestion.

Nov 11 2006
12:42 am
Ali writes:

You have been my “creative saving grace” for the past year. Countless times I have thought about making the break from a coporate world to lead a more creative life and pursue my artistic passions…and your website/blog/writing/illustrations inspire me to make that move (in small strides, of course!). Did you always know that illustration was your “thing” or did you ever consider other careers before embarking on all that you have accomplished?

Nov 11 2006
4:41 am
Sage writes:

Thank you very much for the article! :)

Nov 11 2006
5:41 pm
natascha writes:

Great article! (as usual)

Nov 11 2006
5:58 pm
nadine writes:

I have enjoyed all you recent collaging and “scribbles”, but was starting to wonder if you had completely stopped illustrating in your established style. Thank you for posting this illustration and article. Am enjoying it :-)

Nov 11 2006
9:20 pm
krista writes:

Thank you so much for posting this! I am trying to prop my friend up to take this step because she is so talented! She just doesn’t know where to begin.

Nov 11 2006
10:16 pm
kristine writes:

This is great! You inspire me.

Nov 11 2006
10:48 pm
Geninne writes:

Loved your article! Your work is an inspiration and brings joy to the heart :o)

Nov 12 2006
11:36 am
Nina writes:

Funny you should use the example of “don’t say you want to get a job at The New Yorker by next week. ” I recently read an interview with Adam Gopnik (of New Yorker fame) who said that when he first started out as a writer (coming from Canada too) he and his wife would walk the 50 blocks from their apartment to the New Yorker offices where he would drop off his “Talk of the Town” piece. It would get returned to him with corrections. After doing this for SIX years he went on to finally write his first published piece for them. Perseverance?!!!

Nov 12 2006
3:38 pm
cat writes:

I love articles like this because the underlying dynamic can be applied to any career field. Thanks for reminding my why I do what I do. :)

Nov 13 2006
11:16 am
Donna writes:

“We feel inadequate because we’re comparing ourselves to the rest of the world.”
This is right on the mark, and as you said, leads to procrastination. Love that you’ve outlined these steps to overcoming it. Seems so simple when written out by someone else you’d think I could learn to do this myself. ha ha

Nov 13 2006
12:41 pm
michele melcher writes:

Excellent article. Thanks!

Nov 13 2006
2:05 pm
rui vitorino santos writes:

it´s a great article and the illustration is also very good

Nov 13 2006
9:23 pm
reva Quam writes:

it’s funny, just today i was beginning the hard work of figuring out new ways of generating work for myself (i’m a costume designer). thanks for the great suggestions and insight. it’s such a relief to learn that you’re not alone in dealing with hard times, procastinating, self doubt, etc. cheers!

Nov 13 2006
9:23 pm
reva Quam writes:

it’s funny, just today i was beginning the hard work of figuring out new ways of generating work for myself (i’m a costume designer). thanks for the great suggestions and insight. it’s such a relief to learn that you’re not alone in dealing with hard times, procastinating, self doubt, etc. cheers!

Nov 13 2006
9:23 pm
reva Quam writes:

it’s funny, just today i was beginning the hard work of figuring out new ways of generating work for myself (i’m a costume designer). thanks for the great suggestions and insight. it’s such a relief to learn that you’re not alone in dealing with hard times, procastinating, self doubt, etc. cheers!

Nov 14 2006
7:36 pm
cola writes:

read it. glad i did. found it very helpful. i’m excited to try it. :)

Nov 19 2006
7:23 pm
deb writes:

I love your characters! So charming.

Nov 22 2006
9:34 am
Maria Elina writes:

thanks for this!! it´s fantastic and very useful
(visit my blog please!)A kiss from Buenos Aires

Nov 27 2006
9:22 pm
rama writes:

i love that you share your wisdom!
i have a little form letter that i send to the occasional college kid who asks me the questions that your essay answers. i am always as helpful as i can be but i might forward yours from now on. it has illustrations after all.
thx!


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