Looking around I see that a number of artists worked with a company for years before creating their own studio and working freelance. Some worked through different fileds such as teaching, industrial design, or illustration, to concept art and then independently. As pretty much an outsider, I'm wondering if it's a better idea to circumscribe, therefore collecting skills from other, though related, fields, before move into concept art? Is it also better to mature yourself, your skills, your network, with a company before going independent? Is being independent or freelancing right from the start not as...um, "nutricious" to a designer's growth as aforementioned? Or is it too difficult(suicidal?) for a newbie to go independent right away?