Last winter, I auditioned for the role of Regular Show series artist.
It was pretty exciting, to get a call from an editor saying “I think you’d be great for this project, can you do some sample drawings?”
In my months as the freelancing guy that I have become, this was the first time that a professional acquaintance (Note: not a longtime friend) approached me about a longterm art commitment. For money.
I did my best- sample drawings, a sample page, all on time. Boom Studios was receptive about what I was turning in, and I consistently offered to tweak if necessary. I excitedly told like two people in secret, and felt as though I’d finally made it- that the struggle was over, I had finally found a gig that would more than cover my rent and coffee house bills.
And then: I got the news that they went with someone else.
Separately: I like the word “crestfallen.”
I looked at the positive aspects of this: I was on the short list for a gig, I was on an editor’s mind, and I was good enough to get that far. It’s not Cartoon Network’s or Boom Studio’s job to tell me why somebody else got the job, I just had to take it as a learning experience and an opportunity to see how I could improve my art and storytelling.
With Boom’s permission, I’m sharing the sample page. I want you all to know that not every audition lands you the gig, and while it’s easy to lose steam and get depressed, you can always always always take these lemons and make more lemonade. Even if you don’t like lemonade, you can give it to your friends. Do you get what I’m saying?
Enjoy the doodles. I was gracious about not landing the art duties on Regular Show, and I’ve managed to keep a good relationship with that editor, so there may still be work coming from that avenue yet.
Wait and see,
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