I really want to work for myself, I think it would be a lot more difficult but so much more rewarding and it would be something I've always wanted to do.
My parents both tell me no, no don't do that... my boyfriend is extremely supportive however, and he is not in the art field either. People whom I know from college aren't doing this because they are still in their jobs from college!
I had courses on this all throughout my 4 years of college, they of course never told us we couldn't do it! And I absolutely have the drive. I graduated a year and a half ago and am doing technical illustration for work for the same amount of time.
It is something that would work for me too because I feel trapped in an office. I work really well by myself. That is what I keep being told, not easy to work for yourself. Of course not!
I would want to rent studio space with another artist before I even think of my freelance career taking off, just to get more work done to begin with and it would also be nice to have another person in the field with me, like it was in college! Very helpful.
Its funny because I am someone who can't make a decision unless someone else tells me its a good idea-- I hate to make a bad choice.
And this is the first time I can make this decision myself, and I am so excited! I've been doing this since I was a little kid and always involved, went to art college, have a job in the field now...
I suppose my question is mainly how possible is it to be able to make a living as a freelance illustrator? I live about 10 minutes from Boston Massachusetts. I haven't a website yet (an essential!! Has to be done!) so I can't show my work, of course how does that help me with this question?! I work with pen and ink and oils and acryllics, watercolor.
Do I have to be the absolute master of all things illustration to make a living doing freelance, or can I be someone who has the lifelong drive to make it work and still make a living on it without having to rely on another job?