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Joliet freelance illustrator Caleb King said the cancellation of events, such as conventions where he sells his work, “has truly decimated my financial situation overnight” and “disrupted every aspect of my life.”
“As an illustrator, it’s completely derailed my year,” Caleb said.
That’s bad enough for a single person. But for someone with a family (Caleb’s wife Heather King teaches music in their home and they have two children, ages 10 and 6), it’s catastrophic.
“Every day is mentally exhausting,” Caleb said. “I can’t even think about a few weeks down the line when I’m trying to make sure today stays OK. Right now my health is all I have. It’s pretty difficult to plan for any kind of contingency not knowing what tomorrow brings but it’s how I have to approach life.”
This past week, Heather still offered at-home music lessons in the family’s home studio. But all items are wiped down and disinfected before and after use, Caleb said.
And before students are allowed to touch “anything,” they must use hand sanitizer, too.
“I [even] have a handwashing station in my studio,” Caleb said. “We’re doing everything we can to make sure life is somewhat normal, but we are also very concerned about social distancing and making sure that everybody who comes in is 100 percent healthy.
But even with that being said, we’re considering canceling personal lessons and going through Zoom.”