Well, that was a rare treat. As a member of the SCBWI, I attended my very first meeting down the coast and met up with a very talented group of writers and illustrators. At first, I figured I'd just stand/sit and listen, but after a while I found myself feeling re-motivated and more passionate about my chosen path than previous months.
I have made the right choice... I have to remind myself of that every now and then. I take on work that is not related to my end goal, and I get bogged down with minutae that seems uninspiring and all together pointless, and then it dawns on me, you've got to MOVE towards your goal. Even when you decide what you want to do, you've got to keep going with it - moving towards the goal. In fact, I think the Universe has been trying to tell me something along these lines for a few days now, because I received this in my fortune cookie today:
"Goals are dreams with deadlines".
So, I drove down the beautiful coast, lunched at a beautiful home of one of the key members, and listened to two great speakers Judith Rossell (illustrator and author extraordinaire, in fact my son has been reading her books since he was three! And Sheryl Gwyther talking about her experiences and passion for paleontology...
Networking and tea was in abundance, as was listening to inspired authors and taking time out to re-connect with my goals, as well as learning a few extras:
1. Know what the publisher wants - make my illustration folio more publisher specific
2. Talk more about what I want to achieve - I met a good couple of people through just talking
3. Research authors and illustrators BEFORE the events, so that you can talk to them about their work and experiences
4. Take samples of work
5. Be PATIENT!
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.