Well just when I thought work and life couldn't get busier, I started teaching a Hand-Lettering class in the Illustration program this semester at my alma mater, Sheridan College. I have always had a bit of a soft spot for it since I had such a great experience while there and it's hard for me to imagine how different my life and career would be if not for Sheridan. I had great teachers, an invaluable internship, and graduated with some fellow illustrators who create some wonderful work and continue to inspire me.
I've lectured from time to time, but it's not at all in my comfort zone, mainly because it feels like I should be an extrovert in order to truly enjoy it. That said, the past few years I've learned how to work comfortably outside of my comfort zone. Or maybe my comfort zone is just larger now as a result of forcing myself to step outside of it? But, for me, teaching is so different from lecturing and it feels a lot more natural. I like it. I like the idea of getting to know your students, seeing them learn and grow from you, and it feels like it'll be very fulfilling. I've quickly learned what teachers mean when they say it's a very rewarding profession. I've often felt a desire to be a part of the cycle that helps the next generation of illustrators, regardless of how brief it'll be for, even if it's just for this semester. I've started wondering if my own growth as an illustrator (and/or as a person?) will be influenced from this stint, kind of like when you become a parent and you're conscious of leading by example. Anyways, I'm excited to see comes of it.