Episode 09: Leon Edler

Trusting the Process, Supporting Others, and Perseverance


Leon Edler is an award-winning conceptual illustrator and cartoonist based in Brighton who has worked with clients like The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal. Last year, Leon was commissioned by Warby Parker to create five stunning murals for their Madison, WI, store. Leon is also the founder (with Ben Longden and Chris Clarke) of Room Fifty, a marketplace that sells high-quality art prints.

In this conversation, we talk about:

  • how Leon achieved his dream of becoming a professional illustrator

  • the importance of perseverance and having a thick skin (or at least having a thin skin that heals quickly)

  • what it was like to be a debt collector (one of the many odd jobs Leon’s had in the past)


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