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Daily Inspiration: Meet Andrea Bosnak

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Bosnak.

Andrea, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Chalks! Chalks were the thing early on that I was really working toward – going from place to place, on my own schedule, creating pretty chalkboards seemed super dreamy. I also followed artists like Casey Ligon, Candace Carson, and Michael Moodie (all lettering-focused artists) pretty closely, and they were all doing similar things.

It was encouraging to see others succeed in the same way that I aspired to. Anyway, I started small and just kept on. That naturally evolved into the lettering of all kinds — calligraphy, hand-painted signage, graphic design, lettering-focused branding, more chalks, and even a little illustration to keep my schedule full.

Now, I mostly just do hand-painted storefront signage, wedding signage, and graphic design. It has been a really lovely progression and a super fun journey. I’m really proud of how far I’ve come.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not at all – there are SO many challenges to being a freelancer. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my job, and I feel like I’m exactly where I’ve always wanted to be, but it is HARD sometimes.

All I want to do is create, but I also have to keep track of my hours, be aware of how much I’m spending on materials, track my mileage, market myself frequently, hang on to receipts, renew my business license, find new clients, meet with potential clients, and most importantly, take care of my hands.

Like what?! It’s a lot and can be super overwhelming at times. Overall, I wouldn’t choose a different career path, but if I could go back and give myself any advice or warnings, all of that stuff would be at the top of the list.

Another obstacle I struggled with early on was the idea of perfection. My perfectionism kept me from sharing a lot of my work and was actually really harmful to my growth as a business in the long run. I think if I had shared more work early on, whether it was perfect or not, I would’ve gained more traction so much sooner.

I actually still struggle with this, but I’m much better than I used to be.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
In short, I’m a lettering artist & graphic designer (and owner of Spur & Serif).

This is a very wide umbrella, however. Mostly, I work on hand-painted signage for stores and companies, on their storefronts, vehicles, or sidewalk signage. I also do a good amount of logo design, wedding invitation suites, and calligraphy. Every now and then, I’ll do some illustrations.

As far as what I’m most proud of, I’d say… honestly, just committing to doing what I love. It’s wonderful, but I’d be lying if I said it was never difficult or scary. Continuing to pursue what lights me up has been a great challenge, however, endlessly fulfilling.

I’m definitely proud.

What are your plans for the future?
Well for the foreseeable future, the plan is just to finish all my current work – I’m the busiest I’ve ever been! However, once I catch up and take a breath, I’d like to design my own font and get it out into the world.

I’ve talked about this for years, but I think I’m finally ready to start that process.

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  • Instagram: @spur.and.serif

Image Credits
Johanna Brooks Films

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