What this job is about
Think about your favorite book as a kid. Now, think about it without the illustrations: Pretty boring, right? While not specific to kid's books alone, illustrators have the opportunity – nay, the responsibility – to put pictures with words to capture someone's attention. Whether it's a character for a marketing campaign, pictures to go with a magazine article or bringing life to a well-known story, illustrators are able to marry imagination and creativity with editorial deadlines and working with others. Perfect if you're the kind of person who responds more to visual cues, becoming an illustrator means time management skills – and a lot of make-believe.