Side venture updates: March is going well–even better than expected. I think I’m on target to make $500+ from my main outlet, possibly more. Today I stand at around $421, and just released a new item for the weekend. At this rate, dare I dream that March might be around $600 from main outlet?!
April is going to be $1k+ for sure (maybe even $2k?!), when a few major payments roll in from other outlets, but that’s going to be for Q4 2014. Shall I count it as going towards my $1k month in 2015 goal? I think it counts…since my monthly totals during Q4 ’14 were lower due to those payments being missing. So, come April I will have hit a major goal for this year. Now I get to ponder quarterly freelance taxes!
Things are going to slow down on this front for the rest of this year. I want to focus on some other projects, and can’t dedicate time to SV at its current pace without totally losing interest in it. I do feel like SV has proved a major point to me, though: with discipline and dedication, I can make money doing something I enjoy. Potentially, I can make good money doing something I enjoy. It’s deeply reassuring.
SV has been so consuming of my personal time that I haven’t done much in the way of art lately. I do miss it. I think I will get back into sketching. Lately I get so much inspiration from storyboard artists & cartoonists on Twitter and tumblr that it’s almost paralyzing–my skills are so pathetically underdeveloped in comparison! But then I remember that I draw for pleasure and nothing else.
If my livelihood depended on it, I think I would not enjoy it quite so much. Someone at work talked about his own side venture from a few years back. It was creatively based, and at one point it was getting so huge and profitable that he had to make a big decision about its future. He chose to shut it down completely so he could work his regular job. His advice was that if you do what you love for a living, you’re going to end up hating it on some level. This is true, I think. I enjoy history a lot more now that I’m not writing it professionally.
That said, I’ve been thinking a lot about structure lately. Without it I tend to fail. Every great achievement in my life has been built on discipline and structure (and luck). I mean, half the things I attempt don’t come to fruition anyway, even with structure (ah, failure, my old friend!). But without it, I get and accomplish nothing.
I don’t have the time or wherewithal to attend formal classes for any hobby of mine, and what ends up happening is that I ignore they completely and then they sort of aches for attention. So, I’m going to have to institute some more structure on my own.
Goals for Q2 2015:
2 new items
Line up marketing for key item, target June 20, 2015
Learn how to cross-hatchAttend Dr. Sketchy’s/get in 10 hours of figure drawing
Short story (Gil) to submit
Finish outlining Poppy
Write 20k words for Poppy