Can you recall the first time you realized you were going to be an illustrator? What were your earliest impressions? I was lucky enough to have a course in high school called ‘career prep' that placed students in real life work situations for one week every semester for three semesters. My first “career prep” was in a sign shop preparing vinyl signs. That situation was too technical and not very creative. After that, I was placed in a graphic design firm where I had a blast. I asked if I could return to that firm for the third ‘career prep.' It was there that I first saw the practical application of working as a creative.