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What it means to be a freelancer

Freelancing Knight. Well, he's got a lance. Freelance!

I’m a freelancer. Freelance artist, specifically. Never really thought about the meaning behind the word—until I ran into it while reading an old design book.

It comes from the Middle Ages. Free-lances were knights who didn’t pledge their services to just one king but instead were available to anyone who paid them.

Dudes with pointy sticks and a sense of entrepreneurial adventure! Kind of like me with my pen, roaming the countryside in search of challenging projects.

“Oh, that makes sense!” I cried. “Plus it sounds pretty bad-ass, like I’m Boba Fett or Jules Winnfield.” Mercenary. Very cool.

I think I just found an excuse to buy some armor.

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