I'd been a fan of Kat Von D since high school when I first saw her in HIM's music video for their song 'Killing Loneliness.' At the time I'd never seen anyone else like this woman and couldn't help but be drawn to her. She was gorgeous, had incredible tattoos, was unapologetic, and seeing her thrive in the traditionally male-dominated field of tattoo artistry was beyond empowering to watch. So when I learned in 2008 that she was releasing her own makeup line, I was ecstatic. What followed were some of the best eye shadows and lipsticks I'd ever seen. And her tattoo concealer was a staple in my makeup bag for years.
You could say I got my love of true crime shows from my mother, an avid fan of cozy English murder mysteries. Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, and Hercule Poirot were names I recognized before I even started kindergarten. By the time I discovered Forensic Files in the fifth grade, it seemed no different than all of the stories and television shows that I loved for years. I was completely mesmerized by the chase and all of the methods that detectives used to solve crimes. Years later, when I saw that a forensic science class was being offered at my high school, I immediately registered for it.
There are many reasons you may have for wanting to go freelance. You might be tired of office politics or never felt like you belonged in a traditional work environment. You may even have a disability and are unable to function properly in a typical workspace. Whatever your motivation may be, having control of your work life and doing what you love for a living is a dream come true to many.
If you're self-employed, there's a chance you've been asked by family, friends, or complete strangers whether or not you've tried looking for a more "stable" job. While annoying, this question is still well-meaning, as freelancing requires constant marketing and scouting. Work can dry up quickly, and clients can be unreliable when it comes to paying on time. Having a regular 9 to 5, on paper, seems like the simplest way to ensure security and constant income.