Full-Time Artist? Are You Crazy?

When I quit my job people thought I was crazy! Truth is they couldn't see in their head the dream I saw in my head. My dream for years was to be a full-time metal sculptor, and part of that journey was stepping out into the unknown and taking the risk of quitting my job at Cameron Manufacturing & Design. It was a very scary moment in my life but I knew that if I wanted to make my dream come true I would have to take some risks. Walking away from a stable job I loved very much was scary to do, but I knew in order to be truly happy I needed to follow my heart.

Not everyone is going to believe in you, and it’s scary when they don’t. You question yourself and wonder if what you’re doing is right, but it's powerful when you when you gamble on yourself! When you take that risk, and follow your heart and do what you feel is right for you whether other people believe you or not is empowering!

There’s a lot of pressure to be liked, and whether it’s on social media or with your family, peer pressure can be crippling and stop us from living our dreams. We want to fit in, we want to be liked, and when we start to talk about being full time artists our family and friends, through the lenses of their own fear and need for security, tell us its a bad idea, the ol "starving artist" bullshit, and on and on about how we will die penniless clutching our art in some ditch somewhere.

It's hard to take the road that’s not popular, but believing in what you’re doing, especially when no one else is believing in you, that’s the most powerful thing in the world! To have faith in yourself that what you’re doing is right for you, that's magic!

You never know who’s life you’re going to change by following your dreams or who you’re going to inspire! I’ve been inspired by many people in my life, but it's the ones who had the courage to follow their heart when no one else believed in them that are my favorites. Walt Disney is one of my favorite inspirations! Walt saw Disney World long before anyone else and a lot of people thought he was crazy by swampland in Florida!

When you start feeling scared about believing in yourself and are worried about people thinking you're crazy to build whatever dream you're working on just think about Walt Disney, and consider how many lives he's touched by having the courage to go after his dream!

I want you to go out there and build your dream whatever that may be and if you don’t have anyone else believing in you get a hold of me and I’ll believe you!

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