This Is What a Day in the Life of a Freelance Artist Is Like

Watch as visual artist Auggie Fontanilla walks us through his usual schedule.

PHOTO BY War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) We all dread the daily eight-to-five grind—well, almost all of us. Visual artist Auggie Fontanilla has perfected the art of freelance work and lives completely on his own time. But it took a while before he managed to get where he is now. From working as art director for Preview Magazine, to quitting from the corporate world in 2011, to teaching part-time, and more, Fontanilla gets to do something he loves and make a living out of it. We got to talk to him about what his usual schedule is and found out some interesting things along the way:

"I'm Auggie Fontanilla. Nagdo-drawing ako ng madaming-madaming drawing every day para sa freelance work," he tells SPOT.ph. It may have taken him nearly a decade, but the now full-time freelance visual artist has worked hard every step of the way.

While his current lifestyle may seem totally enviable, Fontanilla admits freelance isn't always the safest option. There's no comfort of a sure salary every 15th and 30th, so, "kung wala kang trinabaho dahil tinamad ka, wala kang kikitain," jokes Fontanilla, adding, "pero masaya." 

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All the years spent in the corporate world, doing side hustles, and of course, "rakets," have equipped the artist with the skills and portfolio needed for freelancing. "Focused na ako sa sarili kong craft, sa art ko," says Fontanilla, proving that passion and work aren't mutually exclusive.

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