Story time! Or: Would you like to be my patron?
As many of you may know (or perhaps you don’t, and if you don’t, grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable), starting Sept. 1st, I will be moving away from my regular 9-5 employment into being a freelancer. Slowly at first, but surely either way. As of January 1st, I will be all on my own.
Why? Well, for years art has been the thing I am good at. My passion, really. For years it’s been a dream of mine to make a living and support myself and my family doing what is most important to me: Creating content. We live in a world of consumers and it is a giant privilege in my eyes to be able to make things with my hands. So that means that starting next year is the year I am finally taking the plunge and going after it.
That doesn’t come without complications, though. To be able to make art is a huge privilege, but it is also a hard business. It doesn’t come with the assured knowledge that every 2 weeks, there will be a paycheck in my bank account, or whether we can eat! Now, we’re not about to be living in a box under a bridge, but for those who know me, I am a people pleaser that avoids stress at all cost. Not knowing whether everything will be ok financially is stressful, and so I am asking for help. I have hundreds, if not thousands of you lovely people who have loved my work and encouraged me to make it, and it is because of you all that I have faith I can make a career out of it! But starting will be rough. At the expense of putting my whole heart on the line, I am now asking for a bit of help from the community that has seen me grow.
I have started a Patreon campaign, where you all can be my patrons. What is Patreon? Patreon is much like a Kickstarter campaign, except that it lasts longer, there are no risks of projects not being fully funded, and it gives you the option of helping with smaller sums (instead of one big lump) in exchange for rewards. Plus the fuzzy feeling of knowing that you’ll be helping this artist get one step closer to living out her dream.
If you choose to help. You may be assured that it is on your terms. You can start or stop a pledge at any point, and your pledge is automatic every month, so you don’t have to fuss about whether you forgot to do it. You can also rest assured that your pledge will be helping me not only cover the cost of living so that I can make art for you, but aiding me in making more and more cool items and hopefully even increasing my reward options, which right now include behind the scenes emails, downloadable googles, and care packages for you awesome people.
From now on, you’ll find a link in my sidebar to my Patron Tip Jar, which will be up soon, where you can go to find out more. And if you can’t contribute, then please help me by sharing this as far and wide among your art loving friends as you can.