This was a really good episode! As usual, I wish I would've found you guys before I made my own transition from public school teacher to illustrator. I definitely got debt free and then saved up a year's salary before quitting, so I had some kind of safety net. However, I did not utilize that first year of freelancing in the ways that I should have. Lots of really good advice in here!
I will say that, contrary to popular opinion, teaching (at least as a public school elementary art teacher) did not afford me the oft-perceived ample amounts of free time implied by the schedule. Due to constant in-services, continuing education requirements, conferences, etc, summer vacation usually ended up being maybe 3-5 weeks if you smooshed together all of the days from weeks that were broken up by job requirements and school year prep. I tried to make it work for five years, but I did not find that I had enough time, even during summer "break" to satisfactorily complete anything of substance with my art. Kudos to any teachers out there making it happen! I often think that had I taught high school or private art school it would've been much more manageable.
Adjunct is something I'm actually looking at for that part time work piece right now; I gather that the workload for those positions is much, much lower than what I experienced. In fact, I'd love to hear a podcast on teaching at community colleges/universities an illustrator. Especially as someone without a masters. More and more I run across professional artists that I admire who teach part time. I'd love to know best practices for getting the job, teaching well at that level, etc.
Thanks for another great podcast, you guys!