Aside from my recent engagement and progress with The Roommate Book, I now have the opportunity to work with Adobe to actualize a dream of mine since I can remember (and have gotten serious about in the last six months).
I've been a self-employed cowgirl for the last two years and three months. It's been awesome and it's been hard. I wouldn't trade it for anything. The best parts have been seeing myself get tougher and realizing my long-term goals (and seeing them change over time). I've observed what gets me into my flow and what gets me out of bed early. The last year has especially groomed me for the road ahead.
My dream career is to make and sell original content. Content being art and ideas.
I'm talking books (check), prints (check) and now a lot more stuff. That's where Adobe comes in. They have a brand new program called the Adobe Creative Residency. I'm one of their first two creative residents, alongside the talented, whip-smart Kelli Anderson. Check out her work and watch this video where she shares more on her creative process.
Over the next year I will forgo client work in order to focus entirely on making my illustrations a sustainable business.This will give me the time to make art, explore new methods, fail, succeed, experiment, collaborate and share the process along the way. Adobe will also provide mentorship and software to make it happen. Check out this interview to learn more about why I'm so excited.
But this isn't all about me. I know I'm not the only one with this kind of dream. My hope is that my participation and commitment to sharing the process will help accelerate this dream for everybody else too. To learn more about what I do (and what I plan to do this year), Check out this interview to learn more about why I'm so excited. You can read about why Adobe is excited by checking out David Wadhwani's post, One-Year. Unconstrained Creativity.
And lastly, here's a bit more on the program from Adobe:
With Adobe’s support, the creative residents have access to the best tools, resources and mentorship in various creative fields throughout the residency. Residents are encouraged to explore their strengths and weaknesses through the support of mentors both inside and outside of the company; and to share their insights and work at conferences, workshops and online.
The Adobe Creative Residency is a way for Adobe to support the community and to honor creative individuals whose work elevates the use and value of visual content in our culture. The residents are future creative leaders who produce work that changes the way we see and interact with the world. They are individuals who are eager to share their skills with others. They are visual explorers, willing to take on risk and fail, while knowing they will learn from their challenging experiences.
Pretty soon I'll write more specifically about my role in this program and what I'm trying to accomplish by the end of the year. I'll be posting my process and what I'm learning along the way. If you're a creative entrepreneur who dreams of selling your work, where are you in your journey? What are you learning? What do you want to learn?
Let's band together. Like the African proverb says, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
Now let's do this.