So far this year, I have had my hands on many different projects lately. As an illustrator, I have learned that as long as you open your mouth enough, you can get jobs that work with a creative lifestyle.
Working from home, that is!
Now, I don’t mean those sketchy ads that show up on webpages from time to time as you surf the web.
I mean helping people manage their social media and menial tasks so they can be freed to manage what is most important: their center, or their project.
It all started with the picture above.
The picture is from my story, Luminè. It’s a depiction of a coming-of-age ceremony, the details that for brevity, I will not discuss here. To continue:
My Mom works at a Homeopathic office in Hartsdale, NY. The doctor there (who is a family friend) is really nice and asked if I would like to put a print up in the office to drum up business for myself. Naturally, I said yes. I can hear my Dad saying “Networking!” in my ears most of the time. It’s good advice.
One day, Mom decided that the picture wasn’t in a prominent place and with the doctor’s permission, she moved it.
That same day, a woman who was friends with Bernadette Bloom and Maureen Jacobson of the Center for Aligned Healing in Chappaqua noticed the painting.
In my mom’s words, I was told that the woman had tears in her eyes.
“Whoever made this painting must be very spiritual.” she said.
Mom mentioned me, which lead to my first work-from-home job. In the future, once I settle into my new responsibilities sending emails and updating their websites and social outlets, I will also be teaching meditation and metaphysically themed craft classes at the center. I’m looking forward to it! If you are local or curious, visit them here.
The second work-from-home job came as a referral from this one. Today, while drinking many cups of delicious coffee in the Ritz hotel lobby, I discussed future prospects with Elizabeth Kemler for Think Build Live Success, or TBLS.
In short, TBLS is a wonderful learning program that helps teens and young adults to be empowered. Many of these children come from disadvantaged backgrounds and this program is designed to give them the tools to succeed through the books and lessons.
You can visit the site here. Our future plans are in its infantile stages. We have discussed crowd-funding, among other options. For the form of the project, I have suggested to her that a ‘visual-novel-style and ‘point and click’ video game hybrid could be a fresh new way to get the information out. She had never thought of it, but after I showed her some examples, she was thrilled.
“This is just what I was thinking of!” she said, “I just didn’t realize it was a video game, but it’s what it is meant to be!”
Both jobs are not high-paying affairs, but they are absolutely perfect for a person who wants lots of time to be creative. I am especially fortunate to have attracted two jobs working with creative and spiritually-minded individuals. I’ll keep everyone posted on their growth and future prospects.
So, mind this story and this advice. Your art can bring you all kinds of jobs. Be open, and don’t think that a retail job is the only option. Keep talking yourself up.