Illustrators and Freelance Artists: Expand Opportunities by Thinking Like a CEO

Illustrators and Freelance Artists: Expand Opportunities by Thinking Like a CEO


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Illustrators and Freelance Artists: Expand Opportunities by Thinking Like a CEO


Applications Open:


  • This circle is best for illustrators and freelance artists
  • Folks who want to get better at business-ing
  • Illustrators and artists who want to create unique careers
    • Self-motivated
    • Optimistic, enthusiastic, hardworkers


  • Balancing hustle with Life
  • Making hella bomb presentations and design strategies with pitches
  • Networking best practices
  • Protecting yourself as a freelancer


  • Feedback on creative or business pitches
  • Legal advice or support

Qualification Criteria

Early Career (3-5 yrs of experience)
Mid Level (6-10 yrs of experience)

Day / Time

Times Per Month:  Twice 
Day / Time:  Friday at 1:00 pm
Timezone: PDT

* You must meet the qualification criteria AND be able to attend the posted day/time of the circle (please note the timezone posted)


Are you an artist who’s looking to take more control of your creative life? Do you want to be able to bring more of your unique passion and purpose to your work? Are you excited to work in a variety of environments, with lots of different types of people, creating a wide range of projects? Do you feel claustrophobic when you think about working for one company for years and years? Do you want to expand opportunities for yourself to be creative and get paid? Then this circle might be right for you. 

This circle will help you build the business of YOU. By helping you learn to think like a CEO of your own creativity, you will understand not only how to find opportunities that may be out there, but to create them as well. By the end of this circle, you’ll know more about harnessing your unique skills, taste, and goals to build a creative life where you’re making great art and getting paid for it. 

Some of the topics we’ll cover include:

  • How to take your existing skills and make new opportunities for yourself
  • Presenting your work and standing up for your worth with clients
  • Negotiation skills
  • Understanding how to create contracts
  • Work-life balance
  • And more!

We will also talk about resilience skills and making sure that we’re staying connected to why we want to do this work. In this circle, you’ll learn to nurture your passion while taking practical steps toward an expansive, creative career.

ADDITIONAL Application Requirements

Please submit the following as part of your Application Profile:
*(AFTER you click to apply, you must go into your member profile and complete the member-specific portion; these requirements should be submitted through that profile):  

  • I’d love to see your work! Please provide a web link / PDF download link / social media — whatever you prefer
  • Personal Statement:
    • Share with me other passions, strengths, and skills you wish you could use in your work that might not be clearly communicated in your visual work.
    • In what ways does this circle speak to you? Why is this a good fit for you?

Circle Leader

Estella Tse

Estella Tse is a Virtual & Augmented Reality Creative Director and Artist. She integrates emerging technologies and visual storytelling into a new art form. She inspires new ways to connect, educate, and build empathy with her creative innovation work.

Estella has been an XR artist-in-residence with Google, Adobe, Snapchat, Cartoon Network Studios, has been a Visiting Fellow with the University of Oxford, and performs and speaks internationally. Her work has been featured four times on Forbes, and has also been published on Verizon, CNet, The Australian, and more. She draws her inspiration from lived human experiences, nature, and the cosmos.

You can find more of her work at and @estellatse


Current Title: VR/AR Creative Director & Artist

Studio / Employer:  Self-Employed


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