One of the most surprising perks of this journey as a blogger is the incredible connections I’ve made with inspiring female entrepreneurs across the globe. Megan Roy is one of those amazing women I’ve been lucky enough to meet through social media (yes, another Insta-pal 😉 ) and I instantly fell in love with her beautiful illustration work.
Recently Megan has created a series of downloadable travel guides for Tell Me Tuesday (see her work on my Eating & Drinking Guide to Barcelona) and today she shares with us her wonderful story (guys, she lived in a castle!) and some great advice for you aspiring designers and illustrators out there:
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1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m an American illustrator and graphic designer currently based in Los Angeles, but originally from New Hampshire. I’ve worked on movie sets, lived in a castle in The Netherlands, and have driven across the U.S. 4 times (twice by myself). There are few things in life I love more than Halloween, I’ve been a vegetarian for about 5 or 6 years, and I care deeply about rescue animals.
2. What inspired you to pursue a career as an illustrator?
As a child I wanted to be an artist, but growing up you don’t hear a lot of success stories about creative careers. No one ever outright said to me “you’ll never succeed”, but that was the general vibe I got from movies, TV, and the people around me so I abandoned that idea and decided to pursue some other jobs that were a little more practical, but still creative. I got a degree in film and television production, and even tried teaching for a bit, but it never felt right. I finally reached a point where I decided I was just going to follow my heart and not care so much about the practicality of it all. That’s when things really started to fall into place and I’ve been much happier ever since!
3. What is your favorite part about your job?
Every day is completely different. I also love being able to make my own schedule and be my own boss.
4. Where does your design inspiration come from?
It comes from every direction all the time! It might come from personal experiences, or things I hear about from other people. It could come from a story I read, the way a song made me feel, or just my own imagination. It’s everywhere!
5. What advice can you give to someone wanting to pursue a career as an artist or designer?
Trust your instincts. I mean, develop good instincts first, but then trust them completely.
6. What does a typical day entail?
Because I work from home, I’m able to make my own schedule and no two days are alike. However, my day typically starts at 6:00 a.m. when my little rescue beagle wakes me up for breakfast. We’ll get up, get ready for the day, and then I take her for a walk. After that I’ll check emails, add any new projects to my calendar, and start on the day’s tasks. I’ll take a break in the middle of the day for lunch, work a bit more, then take a second walk with my dog before or after dinner. Evenings are usually social media catch up time. I get a lot of business through Instagram, so I tend to that platform more than any other and have built it into my schedule.
7. How do you find balance and keep your creativity flowing?
I’ve found that taking frequent breaks is very helpful to me. If I focus on one project for too long I stop being able to really see it, so if I feel myself itching to step away, I just do. Also little breaks between projects help me feel relaxed and balanced. I think it’s important to take time for yourself, even if it’s just 5 minutes here and there throughout the day.
8. What female entrepreneurs inspire you?
I’ve been fortunate enough to work with handful of really lovely female bloggers (yourself included!) that are all very inspiring. Jennie Palluzzi of Garlic, My Soul, Jen Pinkston of The Effortless Chic, and Chelsea Foy of Lovely Indeed, to name a few. I’m very, very supportive of and inspired by women who are fearlessly pursuing their creative dreams and these ladies are doing just that.
Want to know more about Megan, and see more of her work? (hint: you totally want to do this). You can purchase her work through her Etsy Shop, connect with her on Facebook, and follow along on Instagram.