Any creative person will tell you; "Artists are not trained, they are born". From an early age I exhibited artistic ability & have always been drawn to creative projects and endeavors.
I am a sucker for challenges; if I get wind of any artistic contest - I am in it! (These are always good for the artistic soul: great practice, great portfolio fodder, and always a humbling experience.... it never hurts to be reminded that there is someone more talented than you and learn from that).
Over the years I have had the privilege of establishing some long term relationships with some great freelance clients - all of whom have provided me with wonderful challenges; and keep coming back with more.
When I was a teenager, my Mother commented that it would not be a surprise if, at 85, I was still on the floor drawing with crayons. Sounds great to me!
...creative genius unleashed