Teaching on Skillshare always sounds more daunting than it is. Many of our own successful teachers have had doubts about whether they’re good enough at anything to teach, or whether students would be interested in what they’re teaching. Take a look at our conversation with Christine Fleming, an illustrator with 14K Skillshare followers, as she shares her journey with Skillshare along with how it has helped her freelance career.
Since her first day on Skillshare, Christine has published 14 classes and continues to grow her channel. Still not convinced that teaching is for you? Check out more of our teacher success stories here! Once you’re ready, you can head on to become a teacher on Skillshare and write your own success story.
I’ve always liked to take big chunks of information and break them down into little chunks, so I thought that I would be good at teaching but I didn’t think that I felt like enough of an expert to warrant making a class.
I’m Christine Fleming, and I teach illustration on Skillshare.
One day, I was like, “Well, I could use some extra money. Maybe this could turn into something.” So I made a class on scientific illustration. It did okay - I got about a hundred students. Then I just decided to make another class, and each class I made after that has just grown and grown from there. There was someone that said that teaching is the best way to learn and I think that that’s really true. I’ve learned so much about illustration just in teaching the classes.
One of the biggest things about Skillshare is that it’s given me the financial stability to be able to freelance. Skillshare has increased my confidence in my career and it goes both ways - Skillshare helps me feel more confident in illustration and illustration helps me feel more confident in Skillshare. So they’re both growing together as my career grows.