Multitasker (aka maximizing your income)
I have another show coming up with Light Grey Art Lab, it’s going to be my last show for a little while, as I’m shifting my focus to work on other stuff for a bit. It’s the SMART exhibition, a collection of clever, thoughtful, and whimsical artwork made by 35 international artists, curated by Amy Ng, founder of Pikaland.
It was super intimidating trying to think up an idea for this particular show. Trying to come up with a smart idea is almost like trying to come up with a joke after someone tells you “Okay, now be funny!” It’s just a lot of pressure.
In the end I decided not to sweat it as much and just make something that would amuse me. A few weeks before my last day at OkCupid, I was getting some food from the breakfast table, loading my bagel with cream cheese when one of my bosses came up to me and said, “Yeah Caroline, you better eat as much food as you can now to get ready for the illustration winter.” He was totally joking. He definitely doesn’t think I’m going to starve as a freelance illustrator, but this was something that I did think about a lot during the months leading up to my decision to leave OkCupid and do illustration full-time. I’ve been a freelancer before, I’m familiar with the concept of the “freelancer winter.”
Anyways, I started thinking about what sorts of odd jobs I’d have to pick up if my freelance career doesn’t take off. This is what I came up with: an hourly baby/dog-sitting service, talk about maximizing your income. This might take off, especially here in the Upper East Side, there are so many nannies and dog walkers around, but neither seem to try to do both at the same time, they really should.
The SMART Opening Reception is this Friday, May 17th from 7- 10 PM.