Kay Cheung, 28, illustrator What qualifications do you need? Basically, there are no special qualifications required. However, basic drawing training is preferred. To me, the best way to become professional is always practice and study other people's works. No matter if they are good or not, famous or infamous, there must be something you can learn from them. What sort of person does the job suit? Generally, positive, open-minded, humorous and imaginative people are most suitable for this job. What's the best way into the industry? In Hong Kong, the most effective way of entering into the industry is through a good personal network. In my case, I graduated from Graphic Design course at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and then started my first job with a friend's referral. However, the most active and positive way is self-advertising. An illustrator can make his own website to show his works or send his portfolio to various advertising companies, design firms and newspapers. I think this is the best way to show your sincerity to clients. What work hours do you keep? Very unstable. This is because most illustrators in Hong Kong are freelancers. Is there a clear career path? As far as I know, there isn't an absolutely clear path for an illustrator. What's the best part of your job? Self-controlled schedule. Also, when my illustrations are welcomed by clients and audiences. It certainly strengthens my confidence and satisfaction with what I am doing. What's the worst? Unstable income. You have to wait for at least three months to get paid after finishing a job. Who is your role model? So many. But Vincent Van Gogh is the most important 'teacher' for my enlightenment. Salary? As I said before, very unstable. But, the salary of a newcomer for an A4-size illustration is about $1000-$2000 in the advertising industry. Last word? To be a good illustrator, as well as a good drawing technique, general knowledge and good English skills are also essential.