Study Abroad Tips

If you're in college or planning on going, you may be considering taking a semester or two to study abroad in a different country. Studying abroad is an exciting opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the world around you and the vast number of different cultures in it. You'll try new things, be confronted by new challenges, and meet new and wonderful people!

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The Year I Thought I Was Going To Die

When I learned about the "27 Club," I think I was 25. I learned about "White Lighters" when I was 26. And when I was 27, for entirely selfish reasons, I thought I was going to die. To die at 27 would mean I was at my Peak, that I had "made it," that I was "a Star"! Who cared about the reality of things? A death at 27 would propel me into fame and cement me in history.  But the reality was that I was at a very low point in my artistic career and my life....

A Review of All-Over Print Shirts from RageOn, Society6, and Printful

I've been trying out various print-on-demand services to sell my art through, and I've gotten the chance to try out a few different popular services. I recently wrote a blog post about which of these platforms are best for artists, in my opinion. So I'll be approaching this review from not only a buyer's standpoint,... Continue Reading →

A Review of Four Print on Demand Services, and my Personal Branding Journey

It's been a long, unusual road for me in the five years of my post-college artistic career. I still hate graphic design, and my day job has nothing to do with it (office work in a theater), but I do still use Photoshop, Illustrator, and my design skills regularly in my artistic work, even though my focus is on illustration and hand-painted masks. In my quest to make my art available for people to purchase, I have been exploring various Print-on-Demand/Drop Shipping services to offer my artwork not just as prints, but on mugs, shirts, and more. This format doesn't require you to store or pay for inventory, which can help keep startup costs down, and allows you to test the popularity of a wide range of products, and easily scale up as your designs become more popular. They also take care of payment processing and hosting in most cases. One of the best print on demand services I have tried is Printful, which integrates with Etsy, BigCartel, Shopify, Amazon, and more.

Making Money with Affiliate Links

If you have a blog or social media, you may have wondered how you can use it to make money. One way that many people make their living online is through affiliate referral links. Basically, you recommend products and services to your audience, and when they buy - YOU get a cut of the profits! This can be a great way to make some extra spending money, but some people have mastered the art of affiliate marketing and are able to travel the world just off the money they make from their social media accounts! Sound like a good idea? Read on!

Gifting in 2016

Follow me on Instagram @TenthousandUnicorns Over the past few years my immediate family has spread itself across the country: originally we all lived in central Illinois, and I moved to Chicago for school (and stayed), my parents moved to Florida to retire, and my brother has moved around the state a few times for work... Continue Reading →

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