Why I help take the starving out of being an artist.
When I got my start in comics in 1998, the money stunk. I worked for small publishers but I understood I was still learning and needed that experience--which was true. I left comics for a while (cause I thought selling phone services and insurance was such a great idea) and came back years later when I started freelancing for Marvel Comics as a colorist.
Working for a major publisher was my dream job. I worked from home and I loved my job for the first time in my life. Years later after I had my second child I ran into a new problem. I was running out of disposable income and I was running out of available time. I needed more money but I couldn't work more hours to earn it. I eventually started drawing live caricatures which does pay better than coloring comics, but I still ran into the same problems. I was stuck.
I came across a Tony Robbins interview and he said something that changed my life. He said most people think they own a business but in reality they have a paid job. He said if you own a business the business should support you, not the other way around. I thought I was doing everything right. I wasn't, so I changed. I started studying wealth, marketing, sales, franchising, network marketing, and business systems. I love drawing comic books and caricatures but I had to figure out how I could do what I love to do, make what I want to make, and not be a slave to my job.
As I've made big changes in my life, I want to share what I've learned with other people. Many of us have to straddle a day job and do our art on the side but it especially hurts my soul when I meet artists who had to quit altogether for financial reasons. I want to take the starving out of being an artist. Artists should be able to make as much money as they want so they can live their life to the fullest.