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Let's talk about money...

Updated: May 26, 2021



Its seems every conversation I have had in the past 5 months starts with, ‘How’s work Em?’, ‘Are you managing to get by Em?’ ‘Oh Em, hows it going now you’re unemployed?’



5 months ago, I decided to leave my full time job and go freelance.


Was I crazy? Yes.


Was I turning down a pay rise to head into a world of uncertainty? Yes.


Am I happy I did it? Hell yes…


The main reason for this weeks blog, is to hopefully start a discussion about how tough it can be for artists to make a living and how much I admire anyone that has the guts and drive to go for what they want. It’s hard work and the dream of drawing nice pictures that people will buy for thousands is just that, a dream…



Leaving a stable job.

When I left my job I was earning just over £21,000 a year…


Shock horror I just told you my wage!


This is the part no one talks about, but if I can be open and honest to help any other artists in my position I will!


I was 3 years into the job as a concept artist, with my wage increasing every year from starting as an unpaid intern in 2014. On this wage I was able to buy a house with my Fiancé, put a deposit on a new car, go on nice holidays and basically enjoy my wage every month living in a cheap part of the country! It was great.


I wont go into more detail but I will just say I was offered another job for more money. Seems a no brainer right? The problem was the commute. When I went for an interview it took me 2.5 hours to get there and nearly that coming home. All the money in the world wouldn’t make up for the stress of doing that everyday. So I turned down that job, and I left my current job to go it alone…


So what do you do when you decided to drop everything and leave your job with bills to pay and no savings…


You panic.


No seriously I panicked.