syracuse side hustles

E12: Heroes Illustrated

Children’s book illustrator London Ladd works two part-time jobs — as a parking attendant and as a baggage handler — while also working to tell the stories of well-known and lesser-known African-Americans.
London Ladd

Each project has taken a different emotive part within me when I get involved in it.


London Ladd



Side Hustle:



Parking Attendant, Airlines Ramp Agent

Who is your hustle hero?

James Ransome, children’s book illustrator, illustration professor at SU

Where do you get your materials?

Commercial Arts Supply on Erie Boulevard

Where have you found support in Syracuse for your side hustle?

From spending quality time with my daughter. We’ll talk art and life. She’s very knowledgeable and honest with me. Other places are visiting the illustration classes at SU to chat with former professors who I consider dear friends and trusted confidants. Also through attending any art related events.

What's a Syracuse event not to miss?

Open figure drawing at the old firehouse on the corner of Westcott Street and Euclid Avenue. Best $10 you can spend. Three-hour sessions from 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday night.

London Ladd
Away from the isolation of his studio and the physicality of his second job at Hancock Airport, London Ladd uses his free time as a Syracuse University parking attendant to refine his art. “I have sketchbooks in there,” he says. “That’s the freedom I have.” Photo by Weng Cheong.

What is a quote you live by?

“Some quit due to slow progress. Never grasping the fact that slow progress is still progress.” I share this quote at every school visit with children. It explains the value of patience.

Connect with Ladd

At London Ladd Studio or on Facebook and Instagram