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!
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....
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.
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!
I've just launched a twitter! and though there is a link to all my social media at the bottom of every page of my blog, I wanted to make a post just to point them all out: Twitter: @10000unicorns Instagram: @tenthousandunicorns Facebook: Tenthousandunicorns Etsy: TenThousandUnicorns Society6: 10000unicorns These are the ones I keep updated regularly,... Continue Reading →
I have never been very consistent with anything. Not with keeping schedules, not with artistic styles, and definitely not with keeping in touch with people I care about. The real hardest part of letting go is not Letting Go of Responsibility! Being a Capricorn, it's easy to mistake getting things done as something that I'm... Continue Reading →