PK 123: How to Balance Your Career With Your Creativity – Interview with Illustrator, Liz Gera

Wondering how to balance your career with your creativity? Illustrator Liz Gera has some great tips for you in this week’s podcast interview

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Wondering how to balance your career with your creativity?

Like many artists, illustrator, Liz Gera, has to work a regular day job and make art in her spare time.

Yet, despite having a youngster to look after too, she鈥檚 been working on getting her portfolio updated and selling her art at conventions in the USA during the past few years.

So how on Earth does Liz manage to fit all this into her busy schedule?

You鈥檒l find the answer to this question and many more in this week鈥檚 podcast interview鈥?/p>

How to Balance Your Career With Your Creativity – Liz Gera鈥檚 Solution

Most of us lead insanely busy lives, and Liz Gera is no exception. So, if you鈥檝e been wondering how to balance your career with your creativity, you might just find the solution you鈥檝e been looking for by hearing her story.

Because, for artists just starting out, it can take some time until you鈥檙e at the stage where you can quit your day job and pursue your real passion.

So what motivates her to sit down after a long day at work and pick up her pencils?

She laughs: 鈥淚 just don鈥檛 have a whole lot of free time! After I鈥檝e picked my son up from school, fed him, bathed him and put him to bed, I鈥檓 just like straight up work.

“So I think it鈥檚 like free time, but I鈥檓 actually working on the stuff I need to get done for my portfolio and for conventions. It can be kinda detrimental to your social life, but dang it – I get things done!鈥滭/p>

But how does she organize her busy schedule so she actually has time to make any art?

Liz says: 鈥淚t鈥檚 really just determination. You鈥檝e gotta have some kind of system to push yourself.

“There are some great apps you can use to set deadlines for yourself, but for me it鈥檚 making lists – I love making lists and if I can tick off everything on these, then I鈥檓 good!鈥滭/p>

In the past, Liz has worked on all kinds of illustration projects, but she鈥檚 now focussed on making movie posters for one of her other passions – horror and B-movies.

She wants to take people back to the days when the artwork for movie posters really grabbed your attention.

Jaws Movie Poster – Original Artwork by Liz Gera

Liz uses traditional media (gouache) and often works on several pieces at the same time which have similar color palettes.

Her dream is to become a full-time artist and she鈥檚 constantly reaching out to prospective clients and networking at conventions and conferences.

And, if she continues to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time artist with as much dedication as she’s already showing, we’re pretty sure she’s going to get there!

Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • How to set aside time for your art
  • How to set deadlines and goals as an artist
  • Why your boring day job can actually be your motivation for making art
  • Why networking with other artists and reaching out to potential clients is so important

So, if you’ve been wondering how to balance your career with your creativity, we hope聽you’ll find plenty of inspiration in our podcast interview with Liz Gera.

Have you got any good tips for organizing your time and setting goals for yourself? We’d love to hear your suggestions聽in the comments below 馃檪

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One Response to “PK 123: How to Balance Your Career With Your Creativity – Interview with Illustrator, Liz Gera”

  1. Clinton W

    I thought it was really cool to have a member of Pencil Kings on the podcast. I’ve exchanged a few posts with Liz during the time I’ve been a member. She’s really nice and always willing to help out. I’ve enjoyed her art on the site, and it was so cool to learn she’s a fan of the B-feature horror, straight to video movies.


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