058: From Research Scientist to Children’s Book Illustrator – Simona Ceccarelli

Today’s guest is a very talented children’s book illustrator, Simona Ceccarelli.

She is half British, half Italian, half Swiss and more than a quarter French.

She lives in Switzerland with her husband and two children, but what I find most interesting about Simona is that she wasn’t always in the creative field.

In fact, Simona spent most of her life working as a research scientist.

Simona switched careers back in 2013 and never looked back.

She is a great example that it is never too late to reinvent yourself. No matter how old you are or what career you’re in. It is possible!

I also interviewed several other guests on this podcast that share a similar path with Simona.

You may remember David Ariew from episode 56. He went From Neuroscience to Motion Graphics, then Ryan Summers episode 50, Ryan switched from science to art, Lloyd Alvarez episode 42, he was pre-med before he switched to Motion Graphics and Nick Lyons episode 45, he switched from History Major to Motion Graphics. These talented artists are now doing what they love all because they followed their heart. Nothing stopped them from pursuing their dreams and nothing should stop you.

Our past guest Scott Buoncristiano said it best in episode 51. He said: “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, but the second best time is today.” and Scott was another late bloomer. He didn’t start drawing until he was 36 years old and now he is a very busy freelance illustrator in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. All that to say that It is never too late to follow your dreams.

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February 25, 2019

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