Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
Hi, My name is Beth and I’m an illustrator and designer from Shropshire, England.
If I’m not at home creating, you’ll find me at my local swimming baths (I’ve been going every week with my Nan since I was a teenager), watching football (my family and I are big Liverpool fans!) or in the kitchen with my boyfriend- most likely cooking something spicy, and dancing along to David Bowie.
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it:
I work freelance as an illustrator and designer, and I spend most of my days creating cute patterns and characters for children’s and baby wear, along with lots of other creative projects. Drawing has always been my favourite thing to do, so I feel very lucky to have a career doing what I love.
After being made redundant from my job as an in house baby wear designer, I chose to take it as an opportunity and make the leap into freelance and set up my own business. It was daunting at first, stepping out into the industry on my own, but after time, (and lots of learning!) my business started to grow. My job means I have been able to work on a range of exciting projects, with some incredible people. For example last year I designed the logo for the Myhre Syndrome Awareness, which is a cause very dear to me, I also got the chance to illustrate my first ever children’s book which was a real dream come true!
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
A large part of my job relies on making new connections and finding new clients, but networking isn’t something that comes easily to me and I still get so nervous every time I have to do it! So I always feel courageous when I’m “putting myself out there” to get new work or meet new people.
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
I’d tell her not to be too upset or disheartened every time you are told that ’art is just a hobby’ and to ignore the teachers who will try and convince you that it isn’t a viable career choice.
I’d tell her that if you carry on doing what you love, even though it won’t always be easy, you’ll eventually prove them wrong!
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
My one piece of advice would be that it is always ok to ask for help, even though sometimes that can feel scarier than the problem you are facing, it’s always a good idea to talk to someone.