Using down time to polish up your skills
I started doing Graphic Design as a freelancer. A freelancer is an old medieval term for a soldier who sold his services (his lance) to anyone who would pay. So he was either in a war, fighting for his life, or he was sitting around waiting for the next call to action. While waiting, he would sharpen his weapons, his skills, himself. And that's the way I wanted to be.
When I'm not working, I'm sharpening up my skills. I am updating my Google+ profile, my website, my YouTube page, my Twitter page, my LinkedIn page. I am double-checking that the pages being indexed by Google are up-to-date, and accurate. I am practicing the software that I use, and teach. I'd like to say that I have always done this stuff because I'm some super-dooper pro, but really, I just don't like being bored.
The above cartoon illustration was done in Adobe Illustrator, my favorite software program, which I use, and teach. And practice!
Posted by Brad Hall