It’s a hard knock life

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Hi Everyone,

 

Last week submitted the agreement and payment for a table at the Artist Alley at the Amazing Arizona Comicon.  I am still waiting on them cashing my check and giving notice they received it. I have a lot riding on this. No … it isn’t making a Gah-billion dollars or the pinnacle of my business.  Rather, I plan on leaving my soul-sucking job in a bit and want to put my all into creating prints to sell there and online AS well as working on my comic book portfolio.   So as I started to ponder this some more, a good point came up from one of my favourite shows, Good Neighbors.  If you haven’t seen it, and if you have Amazon prime, it is well worth the watch.  It’s about a guy named Tom Good who, at his 40th birthday, wants “IT.”  What has been missing in his life and making something of himself.  He leaves the rat race to take on self sufficiency.  He and his wife, up turn their lives and house for growing his own food, creating own energy, livestock and making do with what they’ve got or bartering.  In one episode, after their first harvest, tries to sell his lot to a local restauranteur.  When he finds out that Tom cannot supply him with fresh produce daily, tries to buy his surplus for less than originally bargained.  Tom turns it down and strikes out on his own.  They try selling in front of their house illegally.  They try selling door to door only to run into another grocer’s territory. In the end, he learn the hard way and sells for less but learns what he did wrong in not diversifying in produce  such as soft fruits.

The show is a great lesson for us all and hit me even more today as I stared at my email composing to this group.  My goal is to  break even on the cost of my table.  In failing to do that, to learn from other artists how to improve what I’ve got.  I’ve already thought I need  to draw things I’m not a fan of drawing like the Walking Dead. (Great show, don’t get me wrong but not the genre I deal in mainly.) However, it is a good test of my abilities.

So in the end, the lesson is don’t count your chickens before their hatched. Ask questions from others and research what you need to do to be successful.  Don’t give in either to the naysayers. Just be a shark and keep moving forward.

Cheers!
Dutch

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