I woke up to a text message from a person who offers me grief, often, with a link describing a certain family I’m loosely associated with (via my film), suggesting they were ringing in the First World Order.
They WILL NEVER CHANGE.
This isn’t my life…but it was.
Now imagine me, where I came from…and what I’ve done now. How did I handle seeing that text message at 2am?
I ignored it because she’s 60 years old, and doesn’t know how to do anything else other than hurt me. I am her favorite play thing-at least I used to be.
If I responded to her childishness, I would be just as bad if not worse than her. Instead, I ignored her and the message…because my peace is FAR GREATER….than proving myself right to a fool.
Championing the Road-
When I first began writing…is literally my opening statement for the majority of my blogs! I can’t even beg you to hear me out-a lot of you value my words.
I have made it quite a long way. As I wait for more investors for my film, and then filming itself, I have stepped back to get a good, long look at all I have done.
While I was born an artist and writer, did you know that between 2012-2014….I taught myself how to illustrate digitally? I first began on an iPhone 3gs, progressed to a Kindle Fire, moved on to a Samsung Tab 3 (10″) played with the terrible delays of an iPad Pro 11″…then ended up with a 15′ Acer 2n1 Chromebook.
That…was over the course of eight years. I wanted to adapt to my ever changing environment because I knew my art would be better digitally done. I looked for other artists to help me, but their focus was comic book like characters…which was an issue for me. At that time, I planned on owning a publishing company, as well as trademarking ALL of my work.
Eventually, because of the drama that unfolded in my life in 2017, I was unable to keep my publishing company. I did trademark JCS, and I am very grateful I did.
Before I run away with another story…I needed originality to shine through. The reason a lot of people think it’s okay to work for a publisher is because it seems like the best route. It is if you don’t mind being a slave.
While it may be your cup of tea, and your interests vary from mine…I have no desire to sketch a strip weekly for as little as $300 a week. In the beginning, no one cared about what I was doing, and no one knew who I was.
I now have my art on shirts, and it is one of my fans favorite things about the work I do.
I’m saying all of this to say….consider your options before you jump into a contract. Being a sole proprietor is very hard in the beginning, because it’s a journey. It’s meant to test your mentality, your goals, your integrity and your work ethic.
In 2012, a lot of authors did not do well, but a lot of authors were copying each other’s writing in the same genres, writing the same stories…and so on.
It was networking that bothered me. I was worried that I needed to network in the beginning. I only found it to be that of a club in high school. A lot of nasty, unethical behavior occurred. Before I could dive deeper into it, I cut myself loose. I am glad that I did.
If you are an artist, writer, recording artist, etc…WORK FOR YOURSELF. DO NOT sign that contract before you consider this.
I registered JCS in 2016, by 2018…it was currently worth close to half a million dollars. Only one novel made it to #10 in SciFi/Metaphysical…and none of my books were best sellers. I didn’t sell one million novels…I don’t have one million fans.
But I have a bargaining chip. One that has set the stage for the next part of my career-film. One…that in case I pass untimely…can be split between my children.
Selling books means you’ll be using that revenue to take care of yourself. While being “net worth rich” doesn’t seem ideal….I’d rather know it’s there, than worry about what’s in my bank account.
There’s a lot more to becoming “rich” and successful than people aren’t willing to understand. Everyone wants it right then and there. If you haven’t received it right when you asked…you do not understand it…and therefore do not deserve it. It is as simple as that.