You work your ass off to towards becoming a professional creative. You’re proud of your work, have really dedicated yourself and have some major goals in mind. Then, you excitedly tell others what you are working towards. “I’m going to be a cartoonist!” you scream with enthusiasm. Then (insert name here) chimes in, “Hmm. That’s interesting. Is that a real job?”
As a cartoonist, I’ve heard it my whole life. I get “the look” from people that question my career. I’ve been told about people talking behind my back (I know who you are) that I’m lazy because I’m trying to just draw for a living. I’ve gotten awkward stares (still do), laughs (not at my comics) and more. You name it.
So, why is that?
Creative professionals are often looked down upon. Many people think we just give them art for free and our work isn’t valuable, let alone a profession.
It’s bizarre to me that this is the case. Most of society LOVES work that creatives are responsible for. Who doesn’t go to a movie, listen to music or read comics? (Okay, I know a few non-comic readers, but you get it.)
Today I shed some light on my thoughts about this. It’s very interesting to me and I don’t have all of the answers, but I hope after watching, you really don’t care what other people think about your goals towards becoming a cartoonist; whether it be for fun, extra income or full-time.
The big takeaway is this: If someone else is doing it, chances are, you can too.