Now that I am letting people know that I have my own comic series on Webtoons, I have been asked to talk to other about my experiences and how I got to this point. I feel like I am still very early in my journey but to others it seems like a big milestone. I guess in a way, I have come a long way when I look back at what I live thought to get here. However, from the business point of view, it does not look like a very long time. I did not get serious about my business until Oct 2018.
Before that point, I was working a full-time job in retail and working on business ideas on the side. If I go back to 2016, I was trying to find a way that I could promote my art. At the time, I was feeling down about my painting and thought that people were telling me that I have talent to be nice. I did not take it seriously that I had real talent in painting and drawing. Because I had trouble getting anyone wanting to buy my art. I thought since people are not willing to buy my art, that all what they were saying was bull shit.
So, when a friend (friend A) suggest that I try stand up comedy and being my normal curious self, I say why not. I try it for a while and it was hard, I had trouble writing punch lines and landing them. I was not doing too well at it and the problem was what people thought as funny, I totally miss it. The jokes just pass right over my head. While I was trying comedy and going to open mic, I made more connections with people. I was getting to know the comedy and people who perform in the Richmond area. Eventually, I had another friend (friend B) who suggest I try drag, as in drag Queen. Friend B says it would be good for me because of my art and I could make my own costume since I have a love for anime. That’s right, I did try it and I came up my own drag name. I was a bio gender drag which mean I play as a girl or boy. I focus on characters at the age of 12-year-old. It was a lot of fun, but I did not feel like my characters had much impact on the crowd that went to see drag show. Plus, it felt like a lot of work with little turn around as far as pay. I could not keep doing it because I would go broke.
You may think this part of my life was a waste, but I learn what I like and what I did not like though these experiences. I also made my important network connections in this part of my life. I made a good friend (friend C) who is a comedy on the side and love music. Friend C was able to connect me with another of his friend who was looking for people to help staff at anime convention. I was able to make more connection as working at anime conventions and I met people who was running their own business at an early ago. It was mind opening experience that help me to look at the possibility of selling my painting and learning from others what I could do with my talent in drawing and painting.
I feel like the biggest part of my business is connections I made with people and that you are never too old to learn new things. I had people asked me why I still go to networking event. It is very simple, I go to make connection for you never know what kind of project or new adventure that a single person in your life will bring. Plus, I feel like I am very long way of being successful in my business. I feel like I have so much more to learn and to improve. I go to networking event to build good relationship with the people I know and to make new connections. Also, I would love to help others who are still trying to figure out what they want to do and looking for helpful tips as well.
I have a strong believe that if you bring in good karma than you will receive good karma. The world is full of negative and malicious behavior. I believe as an artist, I could make a different if I am present in my business community. And because I am an artist, I dress up as one, so not very business casual. I am very unconventional which I am okay with. However, it works for me because I am artist and many of my business friends enjoy talking with me because I am comfortable with who I am. I am at the point in my life that I am comfortable in my own skin.