Tell us about your scribing work – how did you get started, and what are the most challenging and most enjoyable aspects of it?
I started whilst trying to find more ways to make money whilst still illustrating, and came across the RSA Animate videos. After going to a talk by their creator, Andrew Park, I decided I wanted to try it out and began working through a couple of agencies. It helped that I already had a bit of a background in lettering, since it’s all about conveying messages and ideas. What I enjoy most about it is the access to so much interesting content in areas I might have initially avoided, thinking they’d be dull – like financial regulation, automation of healthcare industries or even reinsurance. There’s (nearly) always something interesting to find out. I also like that through a large network of scribes it has given me a sense of community, which I sometimes felt I was missing when I was just doing freelance illustration and working from home a lot more. The most challenging aspect is my bad spelling, working live in front of people who don’t expect you to be dyslexic.
What’s the most useful piece of work-related advice you’ve ever been given?
If you carry on working and trying long enough, eventually someone will feel awkward and start paying you. Only joking. I’m not sure! I can never remember any advice I’m given. Maybe from my dad, telling me to never leave brushes standing up in the water.