Samantha Hahn started working nine-to-five for a magazine right out of college, a job she thought she would love. But the office grind didn’t suite her, so she quickly began plotting a course that would one day lead her to a freelance commercial art career as a fashion illustrator. Today, Samantha’s clients include Marc Jacobs, Teen Vogue, Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire, and quarterlane books. On this episode of Making Ways, this acclaimed artist talks about her unlikely path to an independent career, her time as a teacher, and the moment she went all in as a freelancer during maternity leave with her first child. Samantha is an illustrator, creative director, author, and longtime friend––tune in for her advice for up-and-coming artists, insights on navigating work with agents, balancing business and family life, and the importance of taking on challenges in new creative roles.