Goodreads has begun a Virtual Tour initiative, that they are inviting authors and illustrators to participate in. I responded with a one minute video, showing a virtual tour of where I created Little Heroes of Color (fans are always curious to see an author in their element), my book recommendations, and answering a question "How do you get inspired to write" from the “Ask the Author” question section at goodreads.com.
Powerful things can happen when you collaborate. There was no better collaboration than the one I had with my family. My brother Carlos and Niece Analia, teamed up to write and produce the (work in progress) Little Heroes of Color Musical. Listen to this entire video clip. It will totally blow you away. If you want to book us at your school or business, drop me an email right now!
This year, I am dedicated to training, uplifting and encourage today's creative workforce for the demands of tomorrow. I achieve this through inspirational talks, presentations, interactive activities, and film screenings. If you feel my topics are a aligned with your mission, please contact me for more information regarding my schedule and rates. I look forward to working with you! Feel free to download the attached one-sheet as well.
Jan. 30th - New York City, NY will be a date that I will always remember. The School of Visual Arts invited me to give a 60 minute talk about my journey as an artist after graduation. The audience was full of current and alumni students. Many of them aspiring freelancers seeking some insights into how they can break into the freelance industry. The Freelance Hustle book was for sale and the book signing at the end of the evening was a dream come true. I sold out of all books and sold many art prints as well. The importance of sharing your story has the power to inspire and motivate people to try more, to do more and to believe more in themselves. Photo credits: Jacqueline Innacone for the School of Visual Arts.
Confirmed Book Tour:
If you are interested in setting me up for a visit at your college or institution, please contact me. This is my current schedule. Copies are available at http://www.thefreelancehustle.co
Denton, Texas (Jan. 24-25) The Denton Black Film Festival has invited me to conduct three workshops and I will participate in a moderated panel. Afterward I will be selling and signing copies of the book.
New York, NY (Jan. 30) The School of Visual Arts has invited me to speak on my journey as a freelance designer. Afterward, I will be selling and signing copies of The Freelance hustle in the lobby.
Thanks to you, the new year started off with a BANG! Little Heroes of Color enjoyed the #1 spot on January 1st! It beat out thousands of Amazons Hot new releases for the new year. This would not have been possible without your support! The books are available in Barnes & Nobles, Target, Walmart and Amazon.com. Purchase your copy and please leave a review on amazon!
It's a beautiful thing when artists support other artists. After a 10 minute pitch in April 2019, the judges made their comments and then opened up comments to the audience. Sitting in the front row was one of my favorite comic book artists who I have been following online for a little over a year. His comments that night were so inspiring and was such a beautiful example of what it means to put community over over competition. Instead of using the time to promote himself or his works, he continued to build our friendship and uplift me with his inspiring words. I was told to never get off of the stage to greet someone you know as it looks incredibly unprofessional. Well, I broke that rule - and you know what? I would do it again if someone was as genuine as Akinseye Brown was that night. check out the video, and then check out his work here - https://akinseyebrown.tumblr.com/
The ability to impact others and be surrounded by impactful people is all I can ask for. Thank you Sabrina Kwist, Edward Beanes, for inviting me as the Keynote speaker and allowing me to share the platform with you during the Impact Leadership Conference last month.
I had the honor to lead the Freelance Survival Guide workshop at CalArts this November 6th. Special thanks to Monica Fawcett of The City of Santa Clarita's Innovate SCV program and Bailey Cool of CalArts for coordinating this much needed event. I was excited to share a snippet of my future goals to facilitate a business of freelance certification program for college art students. I hope to build more partnerships within the city as well as other colleges in the county. Take a look at the video, it was pure magic to be surrounded by so much talent.
Heroes of color is an instructional video series honoring the achievements of people of color in and out of the military.