Illustrations by Nancy C. Sampson

I’ve been forced into a transition of sorts, my day-job/perma-lance gig has cut back on the amount of hours they need me to be on schedule each month, which is really hurting my income. Of course, I am glad to still have some kind of income but it definitely makes me nervous, knowing I will need to find other sources very soon to be able to bring home enough money. My illustration work hasn’t been a big money producer in the past but I am always working on that and hoping for a break.

The change in my situation means that I have some more time now, to work on my ideas and projects, but I also need that time to send out resumes, make phone calls and search online for new possible freelance gigs for the near future.

Its been quite a while since I’ve had to make those calls to search out gigs and connections. It is something that makes me feel uncomfortable, but I know that the more I reach out and communicate with new contacts, the more my confidence will build … for a sustainable period of time, I hope.

I had a moment of inspiring thought as I considered all of these things. I was calling a few staffing agencies to whom I’d sent my resume last week, and as I heard myself explaining what I was looking for, I realized I sounded very professional and together, adding to my feelings of confidence! So, I am enjoying the fact that it currently feels more exciting to be in the position that I ma in, as far as where else I might find work and what my new connections will lead to. I always feel better about these things when I begin to take some sort of action.

All of this does not take away from the fact that I’d rather be drawing right now, I think I’ve made my point … stay inspired until my next post!

One Response to “”

  1. david suspanic

    Nancy: Finding real work these days is almost becoming a luxury. It's amazing that things have become pretty grim right now. But as the old say goes: "misery loves company." And there are a lot of people worse off than you and I. Imagine having kids, a mortgage or other bills/expenses that cannot be adjusted during these trying times. By making small changes, I have been able to weather the storm and keep hope that things will improve.On another positive note, below is a helpful article in the WSJ today, dealing with success as a freelancer: Best,Dave


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