Lately, I’ve been surrounded by several smart women who often refer to the “Secret,” that book made so instantly famous by Oprah. I don’t know that I’m full on board with its premise (though, to be fair, I’ve only ever learned about it via second-hand observations,) but I have always been a big believer in positive thoughts and imaginings.
Along those lines, I also subscribe to the theory that you have to, respectfully of course, shout your wishes out to the universe. It’s amazing to me the many things that seemed to drop into my life the very minute after I was finally able to specifically, and loudly, articulate what I wanted.
What I want is more illustration assignments and a licensing contract so that my images can work for me. Hold on…ahem…
HEY UNIVERSE, HI, KATE FORMAN HERE: I WANT MORE ILLUSTRATION ASSIGNMENTS. I WANT THEM TO PAY REALLY, REALLY WELL. ALSO, AND IMPORTANTLY, I WOULD LIKE A LICENSING CONTRACT SO THAT MY IMAGES CAN BE USED REPEATEDLY AND CREATIVELY TO MAKE ME MONEY. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND KIND CONSIDERATION.
Gotta admit: that felt quite nice to shout out loud. However, I still have a problem, and that’s why I’m writing today: I need more specifics. See, I don’t think — and I’d really appreciate hearing others take on this — that the Universe responds well to broad generalized statements. Mine might not seem so broad, but I’m aware that I don’t stipulate exactly what kinds of illustration assignments, and exactly what kinds of licensing contracts.
Part of my problem is that I never quite narrowed down the markets I think my work is most relevant to, and I’m still struggling to assign the right adjectives to my work. Often people use words like “whimsical,” a co-worker recently described it as “dreamy,” and one reader of this blog used “humorous” to sum up my paintings.
If you have a wee moment, I’d love your feedback:
Thank you in advance for your attention and kind consideration.