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Life at Light Speed

I’m really astounded that March is already ending. Barely blinked and I’m already 31. That seems to be what happens when life is in full swing.

In my last post I mentioned a few things I intended to have done by June, and since we’re halfway there I figured I’d interject a small update on the progress of those. I’ve done a little bit of each of them. Some debt has been paid off, visited one new city and one old, lost a couple of pounds and have had a little bit of conversation about some books I’ve read. I am unfortunately, doing very poorly in the exercise front. But otherwise, I feel that I’m on track.

So if I’m only scratching the dent of these goals, what have I been up to? A lot. Last year, when I was putting together my 30 Before 30 list one of the items I didn’t successfully accomplish was to have my art at a community market. I was sad to have not accomplished this one, but I moved on. Since then I’ve received a lot of encouragement from my friend Bianca to get off my ass and get myself in gear.

Bianca’s encouragement has been paying off. I set for myself a ridiculously high goal that would really test me and my capabilities as an artist. Last fall I told myself I’d sign up to have my leatherworks at MegaCon (the bigger Orlando comic convention). I had six months to get things in order. What happened in between then and now? I spent three months putzing around, and then three months going at full steam.

As it would turn out Orlando has a lot of markets that have popped up now. I can think of at least a handful of weekly markets and three monthly markets. Feeling only half prepared I signed up for one of the monthly markets to give myself a test run before Megacon. That day turned out to be really rainy and cold. All said and done I sold one item. This gave me enough encouragement to sign up for another of the monthly events. This second market was really windy and cold, but more items sold.

Since then I’ve been doing pretty well with the markets. I’ve also been receiving a lot of individual requests. Which I still need to work on being better at managing. As Megacon grew closer I realized two things; I’d gotten my ass in gear for making a local presence with my art, and that I had barely prepared anything for Megacon itself. Having a heavier than usual work load and fulfilling a large order I received from the World of Beer that my friend manages I wound up going into Megacon with random odds and ends.

Like I’ve been starting to see from the markets, people seemed to be a little surprised to see leather in an artistic form at Megacon. It has become very common, and a highly manufactured product in most people’s lives. Most people were very thrilled with what I was creating. Overall, I did six commissions during the event, and have since picked up a couple more from people who stopped by the booth. I feel that the whole experience was worth my time. I’ve been meeting so many great new people. I feel like things are really starting to take off.

A few weeks back I saw a quote a friend of mine posted, ‘Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week, to avoid working 40 hours a week.’ –@LoriGreiner. I’ve really started to see this side of that coin. I’ve gone numerous nights keeping myself up finishing work, whether it be for my office job, or with leather. But from the outside all you really see is a person slaving away. Now that I’m finding myself there I’m finding myself filled with a passion to continue to create. I’ll stop at nothing to make that happen, whether it be sleepless nights, or toiling away for a few more months in the corporate world so I can pay off my debts so I can focus on growing my craft unfettered by my past.

2 comments

1 Dad { 04.04.13 at 3:54 pm }

Remember the saying “a person who loves what they do, never works a day in their life”. Keep honing your craft, you may or may not make a lot of money but you will be happy and sufficient.

2 CMGalvin { 04.05.13 at 3:51 am }

Thanks, Dad! I am realizing more and more the truth of that statement. I’m having fun doing it, and I think that is why I’m doing so well with it.

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