I've seen a lot of Twitter chatter today about the vagaries of the freelance life. Here's something it took me a few years to figure out: Always remember that you're a freelancer. Work for as many different companies as you can.
You're out there on the front lines chasing your dreams and trying to make a living and your loyalty should always be to the work and to your collaborators—the artists, writers and editors who are an intimate part of your creative process.
Don't fool yourself into being loyal to a company. Companies aren't people, they're entities.
I'm not saying that you can't have a terrific relationship with Marvel or DC or Dark Horse or Whoever.
I'm just saying that you have to remember that the relationship isn't with a name or a brand...it's with people. And people come and go. The company you think you work for on Monday can be a completely different place on Tuesday:
That editor-in-chief who thought you were a genius? Fired. The publisher who understood your creative vision? Gone. And the next editor-in-chief, the next publisher, could very well decide that you're a talentless neophyte or a tired old hack and toss you right out the door.
You're a freelancer...so freelance. Always keep your feet in as many doors as possible. This way, when one of them slams, you won't be standing in the hall alone and confused, wondering how the hell you're going to support your family.
And when that door does slam...and, at some point in your career, it will...don't give up. Hold on to your dreams. Believe: in magic and miracles and your own ability to manifest your dreams.

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