Many people who haven’t known me for long don’t know I am an artist. I prefer to have a day job because I don’t like chasing freelance work all the time and I need structure to my day, so when people ask what I do, I say I’m a teacher. (There’s also more of a market among the people I meet day to day.)
But sometimes opportunities come by, especially when you’re in a country where Judaism isn’t a “niche market.”
Last week I saw a job listing for a publishing company looking for an illustrator for a children’s siddur. At first I didn’t think I could apply, but I realized…I have my portfolio, thanks to Jeff, who diligently put everything on our external hard drive. I also brought all my supplies with me from America for just such an occasion.
So I sent off my portfolio immediately, so they would know I exist, and then spent a week creating sample illustrations of Modeh Ani, one for grades K-2 and the other for grades 3-5. I know I’m competing against a few other illustrators. Wish me luck!
Even if I don’t get the job, I have two works of art to show for my efforts. If they don’t use the colorful one for the siddur, I can sell copies with custom text.