We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Nielson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, why did you pursue a creative career?
I never really considered doing anything else. I’ve always loved creating art, and I wanted the flexibility that freelancing would offer me. I wanted to do something that I was passionate about, and I knew that art was something that I would be excited to do every day.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I focus on creating imaginative and whimsical illustrations that tell a story. My work ethic and focus are what sets me apart from other illustrators. Because of those things, I’ve been able to refine my craft and build a successful business in a short amount of time.
Determination and hard work are what have helped me get where I am today. Talent is important in any creative field, but it won’t take you very far on its own. I’ve put in many hours towards improving my art, finding clients, learning how to build a business, and so on. Having a vision of what is most important to me in my life has helped me push through the hard parts. By having that vision and setting clear goals to achieve it, I’ve been able to find success.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A visit to downtown McKinney is always a must. It has lots of beautiful locally-owned businesses, with plenty of shopping and delicious food. There is also a lot of fun and free events that happen on a regular basis. As for favorite restaurants, my husband and I like to take visitors to Hutchins Barbecue, the Blue Goose Cantina, and the Guava Tree Cuban Cafe & Cantina. All three are Texas restaurants with incredible food!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband deserves a lot of credit for the success of my business. He supported me in starting a business from the beginning. He has always been willing to let me put in whatever time or money I needed to make the business a success, and has encouraged me to do what was necessary to build a business in doing what mattered to me. His support, both when things were going well and when they weren’t, has meant a lot to me.
ShoutoutPhoto2 – Kristy Whetten