How to be successful updates

Hey everybody, we're just going to dive right into the information today. First off, I now have release dates for all of the How to be successful shorts for the first season. Here they are:

Kyle's Dreamspace premiere

  • Episode 1- Tuesday, September 22 @ 9:00pm 
  • Halloween Special- Tuesday, October 20 @ 9:00pm
  • Episode 2- Tuesday, November 17 @ 9:00pm
  • Episode 3- Tuesday, December 8 @ 9:00pm

Youtube and Vimeo premiere

  • Episode 1- Thursday, October 1 @ 7:00pm
  • Halloween Special- Thursday, October 29 @ 7:00pm
  • Episode 2- Wednesday, November 25 @ 7:00pm
  • Episode 3- Thursday, December 17 @ 7:00pm

These dates are subject to change in the future, but I think for now they work. As I said previously, I aim to release one episode a month right now. Depending on the performance of the series (assuming I can keep the same quality) and my schedule in the future, I can do more or less episodes as time goes on. For now, I hope those who are looking forward to the series can tune in and support me when the episodes premiere. I worked really hard on these and had a lot of fun making them, and I hope it shows to those who watch the series. I am also planning to have some cool stuff around the launch of the series or a little after, so please be on the look out for that too!

Going through changes

So, onto the meat and potatoes. First up, I will be working part-time at my school (SVA) until February. This is great news for me, as I sorely need an income, and the hours are perfect because I can still work on my own content full-time. While on the subject of work, I may also be working on an animated music video soon. The project seems interesting and I have to do some research. I was approached by a musician early last week about creating video content for his upcoming album. The prospect is definitely intriguing and I'll know shortly if I can commit to this project or not.

The sudden amount of paid work I'll be getting is great, but not too surprising. For a long time I've been planning my schedule with consideration to doing part-time, full-time or freelance work. So I have a system in place that takes into consideration getting my personal work done while also working a job until I can successfully live off of my artwork. Unfortunately, this system calls for the removal of illustrations for my website. 

Making illustrations amount to around 10+ hours of time spent on something I feel isn't a priority for my personal growth anymore. I have made a commitment in my mind to really commit to animation. I feel the additional time I'll save from making illustrations can be used to pursue larger and more diverse sets of projects. 

In place of illustrations, I will now put up doodles, both traditional and digital. I find, that I enjoy being more loose with my art. I have also realized people tend to like doodles more than finished illustrations. I will still be uploading the same amount of content each week, but I have broken down a heavy mental and time consuming barrier for myself. I have already started to feel more liberated and excited about my future projects because I don't have the dread of spending a bunch of time creating illustrations. 

Take care of yourself

For the sake of transparency, I will also say that removing the illustrations was a move to protect my sanity. While I've been doing them for years now, making them was always a practice in a frustrating endeavor. Also add that I'm not too confident in my illustrating capabilities and how low they perform on my social media (and how discouraging that can be), and doing this really just feels like the best situation for myself.

 I feel like I can take some time to really master some new techniques, or do other stuff with my life and that brings me a lot of joy I've been sorely lacking because of the time I put into illustrating. I also ended up reprimanding myself for not doing things like water coloring a full picture and making it look beautiful in an hour. With time I came to realize that really isn't the best way to grow yourself as an artist and having those self destructive thoughts hinders my desire to want to do any other kind of art. Essentially, by not completing the illustrations I set out to do, it made me want to work less on my animations and other business sided ventures. 

The pursuit of being self employed is already hard as it is. There are so many factors biting at my heels, and to have more self imposed problems than the necessary evils is ludicrous to me now. I feel like I've lifted a massive burden off my shoulders and I can finally start approaching growing myself and my business with 100% focus.