Your Perception Will Define Your Reality

Posted by on 5:55 pm in Blogging, Entrepreneurship | 0 comments

One of the most frustrating things that you will encounter as an entrepreneur or as someone who is working towards the realization of your dreams is the inevitable failures that you’ll run into along the way. However, the way you perceive your problems will determine how you tackle them and ultimately overcome them. I’m the first to admit that I like things done quickly. I envision changes in culture, businesses, and life in general quite easily and it can be easy for me to get caught up in the frustration of how long it can...

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How to Be Creative When You Think You Aren’t

Posted by on 10:22 am in Graphic Design, Inspiration | 0 comments

One of the most common things that I hear when I network with people outside my particular industry is that they “simply aren’t creative”. There are few things that make me cringe as much as that statement…for two reasons. First of all, any artist who has pursued their passion of creativity as a career will tell you that it is more work than most people can possibly imagine. It takes practice. Lots, and lots, and lots of practice. And secondly, because the more that people tell themselves and others that they are...

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How to Stop Getting Ripped off by Your Clients

Posted by on 4:04 pm in Entrepreneurship, Finances, Videos | 0 comments

If you’ve been doing creative work to make a living for any length of time, you’ve inevitably run into some unfortunate and often very frustrating circumstances surrounding you getting paid what your time and skills should earn you. This three-minute video that was inspired by the art business consultant Maria Brophy will save you from countless future headaches and upsetting relationships with your clients…and it will help you realize how easy it is to STOP getting ripped off! It’s really quite simple – so check...

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Hit it Til it Breaks and Just Don’t Quit

Posted by on 12:32 am in Entrepreneurship, Inspiration | 0 comments

Picture this. You’re out in the woods and it is below freezing. The cabin that you and your loved ones are staying in suddenly lost power in the middle of a large snowstorm and there is currently no way to reach the property owner. Your family’s warmth and thus their survival is dependent on one simple thing: your ability to chop down a tree, bring the timber back to the cabin, and get a fire started. Now, even though I’m not a lumberjack and I have never been in a life or death situation like this, I have chopped wood...

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To Slay a Dragon

Posted by on 12:51 am in Blogging, Entrepreneurship, Inspiration | 0 comments

To create something of any type is much like the task of a brave knight that chooses to face down the dragon that stands between him and his prize. The dragon taunts our hero, whispering in a voice that only he can usually hear, and somehow…somehow…that damned dragon knows exactly what the greatest weakness of the knight to be. He uses it against him – telling him that he will never accomplish that which he has set his heart upon, or that he will never defeat this monstrosity that stands before him. But something rises up...

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Unleash Your Own Creativity

Posted by on 1:47 pm in Entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Inventions | 0 comments

I wish that the world was a more friendly place for fostering and encouraging creativity. Sometimes it seems like everywhere you look, there are more people trying to put more restrictions in place to prevent innovation and creativity from making the world a better place. Usually at the top of that food chain is a person or small group of people who would stand to lose a lot of money if new, better technologies came out that would render their current monopolistic operation obsolete. Take the “high speed” internet providers, for...

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Excellence is a Journey

Posted by on 2:05 pm in Entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Leadership, Merch | 0 comments

I would be lying if I said that any of the endeavors that I have decided to undertake have been easy. The thing is, I certainly thought that a lot of them would be easy. Do you have that happen? You get an idea in your head and it just looks so…clear…but when you set out to make it a reality in your life, you run into more obstacles than you ever thought you would. What initially felt like a really great idea starts looking like climbing Mt. Everest when you’ve never learned how to mountain climb. That has been something...

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Just Begin

Posted by on 8:47 pm in Blogging, Entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Merch | 0 comments

One of the most frustrating things about being someone who creates things for a living is that pressure to constantly be reinventing yourself and improving on your work. It is very easy to get caught up in the logistics of “What will so-and-so think?” and “will people like what I have to say?” so much that you end up doing what a large majority of people do with their time: nothing. And as a content creator, doing nothing is the equivalent of a death sentence to your creativity. When I find myself struggling to figure...

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Why I Can’t Stand Crowdsourced Graphic Design Sites

Posted by on 6:29 pm in Blogging, Entrepreneurship, Graphic Design | 4 comments

It sounds like a great deal, doesn’t it? You’re a business owner in need of a logo, or a website, or some other creative thing. You’re not talented or skilled enough to produce it yourself, and you’re cheap so you don’t want to pay more than a few hundred dollars for something that will surely bring your brand awareness for years to come. So you stumble across one of the dozens of websites where you can submit your need or your idea to a pool of desperate creative types who are trying to make a living with their...

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For Mobile Artistry, You Can’t Beat Tangent

Posted by on 3:05 pm in Apps, Videos | 0 comments

As an artist, I am always looking for new ways to hone my craft. When I came across the Tangent app by Pixite several months back, I was blown away by all of the amazing things I was able to do with it and how simple it was to take basic shapes and patterns and turn them into amazing works of art with simple hand motions on my iPad. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing one of the developers, Ben Guerrette, for about a year now and it has been awesome to see the progress he has made since I’ve known him. In this short video, I share...

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