When I was a kid, there was a big department store chain called The May Company. It was sort of like a Macy’s and the one nearest our house was at an outdoor mall called the Eastland Center. In the lower level of The May Company, they had an art supply section and whenever I would go there with my mom, she would let me stay there in the art supply section while she went shopping. I still remember the smells of pencils and the oil paints and to this day, the smell of art supplies takes me right back there. They even had little pads of scratch paper so you could try out the different things. So I did. I was in heaven and I would just plop down in the middle of one of the aisles and doodle away until my mom came to get me. Sometimes, she would let me get one of the fancy drawing pencils without an eraser on the end so that I could continue my budding masterpieces at home.

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I read a story on TechCrunch about protections for freelancers in what they call the gig economy. Did you know that last year more than 1 out of 3 people worked as freelancers? That’s nearly 60 million people, and the numbers are growing. It’s a fascinating read.

LA-based photographer Elizabeth Weinberg recently did an AMA with booooooom.com readers and she talks about some of the strategies that worked for her when she was just starting her business. While it’s primarily focused on photography, I think a lot of it applies to illustrators, writers, really anyone trying to establish or grow your business as a freelancer.

Artpil and Maison have released their 30 Under 30 Women Photographers list and there is some stunning work on it and definitely a few I would like to reach out to as potential guests on Process Driven.

 

Music in this episode: The Wrong Way (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 4.0