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Posted on Mar 07, 2017

I want to be a self-sufficient webcomic artist who profits from ad revenue on the website my webcomics will be located on, along with sponsor funds (through platforms like Patreon), and possibly just have a day job to bring in steady income.

Context: Story telling through a form of art has always interested me from a very young age; I actually first wanted to be a writer, but the life of a writer seems unappealing to me, and I don't believe I will be catering to the right audience. About a year ago, I discovered some very inspiring webcomics with very elaborate story telling methods and artistic value to them, and have slowly come to the conclusion of wanting to become one myself.

As of now, I'm a freshmen in high school and I'm looking into various ways to earn steadier income while I pursue my ultimate goal of being a self-sufficient webcomic artist.
College: The College for Creative Studies is a college that I have my heart semi-set on already, even though the campus does not seem to be ideal for me. I want to major in illustration, and have not considered what I might minor in yet. Unfortunately, I live in New York, and therefore cannot conveniently visit CCS and get a sense of what the student life might be like there. Illustration is the major that is often recommended for comic artists, and is also convenient for illustrative freelance work; these are the two main reasons I want to major in illustration.
Other Education: N/A
Activities: I'm already involved in several creativity based clubs, (Creative Writing Club, the art club, etc.) although I am unsure about what other activities might make me stand out more, or if that even plays a large part in the applicant selection process due to the focus on portfolios in art schools.

[While others are watching the Superbowl or the latest hit show, I'm drawing whenever I can. This is my latest piece of artwork.] (
Job Experience: I'm thinking of taking up freelance writing work online to get a general feel for how freelancing works, and whether it'd be useful in bringing in income in the future, as well as interning at Pixar or Dreamworks or a smaller animation studio to get a feel for how the storytelling process works for these studios, but that seems less plausible now as I'm aiming to major in illustration.
Soft Skills: Writing, story telling, drawing, flexibility, and creative problem solving.
Hard Skills: I am fluent in Chinese, have experience with Photoshop and various other art programs, and have experience in video editing.
Other: Taking up a day job, such as becoming a waitress or a part-time editor somewhere is most likely something that I will have to do in the future in order to bring in a steady income. I also plan to do freelance work online, and am currently thinking of a way to start up my own website that I can earn ad revenue income from.

I am currently working on two different webcomics in my free time; one is going to be used for planning & testing purposes, while the other will be more of a long-term refined project. #career #career-counseling #art #career-choice #career-path #careers #digital-art #digital-illustration

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