Giving my mental and emotional health attention will help me be a better artist
Your emotional well-being will show up in the quality of your work, your work ethic, your reliability, and your communication style. A happy, healthy mind is key to building a sustainable freelance business.
Asking for a high sum is a signal to clients that you know what you're doing, understand how much value you provide (including all the unseen project management tasks behind the scenes!), and are professional and reliable.
When you realize that there are people out there who are feeling very dissatisfied with who they've hired so far and are desperately looking for someone just like you, you can reach out with confidence.