Mori and Junie B. are excited to announce that this week we finally nailed down a city! We're moving to Nashville, TN! I have to admit, this move is more bittersweet than broiled grapefruit. We have absolutely fallen in love with Denver, and have been surrounded by so many incredible people. As if the mountains and the weather and the thriving city weren't enough, it's the people. It's always the people that make it hard to leave a place. Everyone in Denver - thank you for welcoming us into your lives, your homes, your warm coffee shops and your cold mountain cabins. We will be back to visit.
Next month we head out to explore a new part of the world. I lived in a small rural town in TN when I was 12 - it was so small it didn't even have a McDonalds, but only a sonic and a Piggly Wiggly. My family never really explored Nashville, or any of the state for that matter, and I am quite excited to adventure in the Appalachian mountains and all around Tennessee. Do you have any favorite places we shouldn't miss?
Once we're there, I'll be searching for a place to create, preferably an open studio with other illustrators and/or designers. If you know of such a place, shoot me an email!
For now though - we celebrate our last month in Colorado. I've got one more group show here on June 5 at Helikon Gallery, which should be amazing. If you're there for the opening night, come say hello!
One other thing I want to talk to you about - BUSINESS.
I'm not going to dive into a long and thorough blog post about business but now that I'm no longer working with an agency, some business elements have crept more and more into my everyday workflow, and I wanted to give newer illustrators and students a little info. It's incredibly important if you're going to be a freelancer, to learn how to run a business. Before venturing out on your to make your mark on the world, it's best to know how to sell limited rights to that mark, and how to invoice for that mark, and how to claim expenses that you bought to make that mark. I am not a business person so I won't be giving you business advice. What I will say, is that if you're in school, demand to get this info one way or another before you graduate. For those that are outside of academia, or are not learning this in school, it'd be a good idea to take some business courses, and most cities have resources for starting a business or freelancing.
I wanted to share one such online class - not because it's sponsored, but because this particular professor has already been a major help to me. Mike Williams is a prof at Kendall College of Art and Design, and though I have never had him as a teacher, he seems to be a wealth of information for illustrators starting out in their freelancing career. His online class just started this week - and if you're interested you might be able to squeeze in and get caught up - you'll have to inquire. If not, keep your eyes peeled for the next session.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend my cherubs!