A lot! A teacher at the Academy introduced me to a Dutch illustration Agency and with them I did my first commercial jobs. In the meantime, I had already built up a nice network of people around me, so a big part of the assignments were in direct contact with the client – for example with magazines like ELLE and Flow Magazine. I started off working from my student apartment in Amsterdam, which was about 10m2. As the commissions became more and more, I had to move my work to bigger places. Also the clients became bigger and I wanted to be able to receive them in a professional way. A year after graduating I came across my current studio, a shared work place at the Amstel River. Since 2015 I’m also represented by Folio, an international illustration agency from London. From then on I’ve been working more with international clients. On a personal level I am much more confident about my work than I was after I graduated. Back in the days I had difficulties to negotiate or to say no to assignments, whereas now I’m more selective. There’s also more to choose from of course. Another thing is that I scheduled in more time for free work. That’s very important to keep enjoying what you do.