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To get the Dream Job, Focus on being the Dream Candidate.
1. A Sketchbook is where you work out
It’s the place to do your reps.
It’s the place to test yourself.
It’s the place to attempt feats of increasing difficulty.
It’s the place you find yourself.
It’s your quiet private victory.
It’s your source of confidence.
It’s money in the bank.
2. You know if you’re qualified for the job
A few weeks ago, an editor asked me if I had any stories I had to sell.
If I had been writing, if I had been developing stories, if I had a story that was good enough to be made into a book. Then I would have been able to sell it, I would even have been able to illustrate it.
But I haven’t done the work, and so my ambitions of being an author will have to wait. NOT until the opportunity comes, the opportunity is always there, but I’m not yet able to take it.
It’s the same for everything. There is work to be done, if you can do the work, if you’ve done the work, the job is yours!
3. The business of illustrating
If you wait around long enough, someone is going to pay you to draw something at whatever your ability level is.
But if you don’t want to wait around, if you want to illustrate regularly, well then you’re going to have to make a business out of it.
You’re going to need to pick a market to operate in.
You’re going to need to develop a product or a service to sell.
You’re going to need to find ways to market and sell it.
You’re going to do such a good job that they hire you again and tell their friends.
Did any of these thoughts resonate with you? Did any change the way you think? Do you have a question or a comment?
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