My dad always had a saying when it comes to regret, and looking back. Never tell yourself “woulda, coulda, shoulda” as in “I woulda done that, so I shoulda done this so I coulda made it. So instead of “woulda, coulda, shoulda”-ing myself, I’m going to mention my own lessons I’ve learned to anyone out there who might be starting out as freelance illustrator or designer so they can hopefully learn a thing or two.
The “would coulda shoulda” (let’s call it WCS-sounds like ‘wisk’) I’ve been thinking about this week, is taking on ANY work that comes your way no matter what the deadline, budget or anything may be. I did an illustration this week for a newspaper, which was fun but it came with a very tight deadline. I did not hesitate to say “yes, I’ll do it! no problem!” The job was quick (2 days to final) but I made it happen no problem, and had fun working on it.
Five years ago, I probably would have passed on that job, as I did that on others because of various excuses like the job didn’t pay enough, the timing seemed tight or I just had ‘bad feeling’ about it. I would think, well they called me once, so they will call again! No, this is WRONG. The work I turned down for whatever reason almost never called again.
This is isn’t to say that you should do and a $50 logo for a big company. If the project seems reasonable enough, except that one little thing (budget, timing, etc.) just go for it! It might be the most rewarding project of your career.