Charissa J Beukema

I am a woman of many trades. I like drawing. I like painting. I like writing. I like sculpting. I like photographing. I like designing. I have been told I spread myself too thin, that a jack of all trades is a master of none.

And it hurt. It meant, of all the things I liked, I wasn’t good at any of them. My mind accepted it as grim truth, but my heart wondered. My heart wondered for months and for years—was it true?

But I refused to give up a single trade. In defiance, I collected more interests: books, shows, movies, plays, games, music, history—a list longer than a summer day.

It was not until I had amassed such a treasure pile I realized the glittering thread which held them together: story.

All my trades, all my interests, all my likes formed a volcanic passion for story. If you sliced me open you would find Ed Catmull’s famous words, “Story is king,” emblazoned on my heart.

Without story, a drawing is merely lines, a book is merely words, a movie is merely pictures—mindless drivel focused on profit. In this I have no interest. I am interested in creating impact, emotion, and wonder. I am interested in changing lives and worlds.

So I will keep my trades, I will keep my interests, and I will use whatever means necessary to tell the best possible story.

For I am a master storyteller.

Illustration is collaboration.

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