As a freelance cartoonist/illustrator of 14 years, I've enjoyed working on many incredible projects with wonderful clients. There have been many benefits to freelance life, such as the flexible schedules, incredible commute, and a "Casual Friday" dress code every day.
Unfortunately, there are also many downsides to freelancing. I recently had to chase down a client for 6 months to get my paycheck. Also because of websites like Fiverr, high quality art is being way undervalued.
The plus side of being a cartoonist is that all the lousy stories we accumulate make pretty great comic strip ideas. :-) That's where the idea for this "red carpet freelancer" cartoonist popped into my head.