First Magazine Freelance!

Literally free.  I did not get paid but was told that it is important to "have stuff published" by the head of our illustration department.  I was also told that it would be "a great piece for my portfolio."

Anyway, the article was for Lake Oconee Living, a little local magazine. It was about all of the grass drying up on local golf courses. Working with the art director, we came up with the concept of a man traveling through a desert golf course with his camel serving not only as his golf cart but also as his caddie.


  1. Erik Anton PedersonMarch 24, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    It's really wonderful to see you making art Mike. I shall always remember your kindness, generosity of spirit, and sense of fun.

    --Erik Anton Pederson--

  2. Unless you want to do more work in the field or get connections through the client, I don't recommend that you work for free. Despite what you're told, they should've at least given you a small token payment.

  3. Princessa of WegmantoniaApril 8, 2011 at 9:06 PM


  4. I'm with you Adam. A freelance writer for over 11 years, I have been in a race to the bottom in terms of pay. Everyone wants everything free. Mike, you are mega-talented. Apply at Digital Domain in Port St. Lucie.

    Get a shining!!!! "thank you" letter on magazine letterhead from that art director you worked with at the magazine. Add it to your portfolio and use him as a reference.

    Apply at Disney World. They are always looking for talent, why wait?

    Find a local celebrity writer and ask if he or she will allow you to illustrate a children's book for a portion of sales plus rights to XXX number of wholesale copies you may sell at bookstores where you do signing events. Go to signing events with the writer.

    Good luck!


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