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3 of My Biggest Failures

There's a lot that a cartoonist (like me!) fails at. It's going to happen. Here are 3 of my biggest failures I've had during my career.

Failure.  It’s bound to happen.

I don’t care if you’re an electrician trying to be the best at fixing things on your block or a professional seal wrestler (is there such a thing?), you’re going to fail at some point. This is especially true in cartooning.

It can be discouraging when things don’t pan out the way you had hoped.  You might feel like throwing your drawing pencil across the room and shouting curse words that would make your mother cry.  It’s important to just brush off failures and move on.  Then, try, try again and again.

It’s not easy, I know.

Sometimes it helps to hear others failures.  So, here are three of my biggies.

These were devastating at the time.  You’ll hear the details.  The weird thing is that all of these failures, looking back, I’m glad happened.  Funny how that works.

Hope you enjoy!



  1. Lori says:

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing, however living in the moment is truly the way to go. My biggest failure has been not trusting my own gut and being let down by another person. Doesn’t happen much, but when it did, seems like 10 years was a total waste of time. But as you say, its all a part of the process and takes you to another place…. Everything we do is a stepping stone to where we will ultimately end up and supposed to be. I truly believe that. Lessons learned, experience gained… Thanks for another insightful video.

    1. Nathanael Fakes says:

      Hindsight is wonderful! Amazing how that all works. I’ve learned much more recently about living in the moment. There’s no point on reflecting on the past or worrying about the future. It all works out the way it’s supposed to.

      Thanks for watching!

  2. Will Dudla says:

    I agree that failure is definitely a great teaching tool to both harden your artistic armor and get you on the path to something better. Unfortunately, I am still in the stage where I mistake internet comments that are clearly from depressed human beings(trolls) as valid feedback. Like you said, they are just being assholes because they can. But that is a failure on my part to not just let it go (stupid me LOL). It comes with the territory I guess.

    I just actually watched a great show on Netflix called Losers, which maybe an extreme example, but shows how some of the worst failures in life can be overcome by sheer willpower.

    I am sure you will be able to get your book out there soon enough. Maybe try a story post on Instagram asking if people would buy it? I know a bit hokey but hey it might work.

    1. Nate Fakes says:

      Hi Will,

      It took me FOREVER to get over trolls. It doesn’t matter what you put out there, there’s SOMEONE who will leave a negative comment or something and it doesn’t feel great. You just have to put in perspective all of the positive comments and that, yeah, trolls are typically depressed humans trying to get a rise out of a person for the fun of it (or it could be some bratty kid with an internet connection). I actually find them funny now.

      I may go the crowdfunding route for my book(s). I have quite a few I’m working on, so still juggling it all.

      I’ll have to check out Losers. Sounds good!

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