Ask the Pros: Live! Featuring... Yuko Shimizu

Ask the Pros: Live! Featuring...

Yuko Shimizu

Our Ask the Pros: Live! event is happening next Wednesday, October 24, and to help you get the most out of it, we'll be featuring our awesome panelists over the next few days. Space is limited for the event, so register beforehand to reserve your spot and get the discounted ticket price!

Today we're introducing illustrator Yuko Shimizu. Yuko is an award-winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City. Her first career was in corporate PR where she spent 11 years after graduating from college before switching gears to illustration. She graduated from MFA as Visual Essay from SVA in 2003.

Her work has been seen on The Gap T-shirt, Pepsi cans, Visa billboards, NIKE, Microsoft and MTV ads, as well as on pages of The New York Times, TIme, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. She has won numerous awards world-wide including being selected by Newsweek Japan as one of the "100 Japanese People The World Respects" in 2009. Her first monograph is published from Gestalten of Germany, and her first children's book Barbed Wire Baseball is due to be out spring of 2013 from Abrams Books. She is also a member of illustration faculty at School of Visual Arts.

To help prepare for Wednesday's event, we asked Yuko what was something she knows now about her career that she wishes she knew in the beginning. Read on for answer and join us Wednesday to hear more...

My situation may be a bit different as art was my second career which I entered in my mid-30s after more than 10 years of working in the corporate world. A lot of business stuff that surrounds every occupation, I was well experienced in and well aware of.
So, it is more of what I want to stress to young designers and illustrators that they may not have learned in art school: at the end of the day, art and design is still a business if you make that as your occupation. Half of success in your 'small business' depends on your business skill: such as being a good communicator, being reliable and responsible, and easy to work with. It is not the most talented kid in school who makes it at the end, it is those who are talented enough, but more importantly work really hard and have great business skill.

So, don't ever underestimate day jobs. If you have to take day jobs in the beginning, that will only make you a better business person, and it is NOT a waste of your time or talent.

Awesome advice that aspiring illustrators and designers alike can learn from!

Join us this Wednesday 10/24 to hear more from Yuko and all our awesome panelists. Sign up now to reserve your spot! (Tickets will be sold at the door at a higher price only if space remains.)

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