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.
Words don't quite express how excited I am about this book. I started working on it officially in November of 2018. This book was born out of 20 years of freelance blood, sweat and tears. Mostly tears! I have been fortunate to have been able to make it this far as a freelance artist. I won't lie, I struggled on and off the first 10 years of my career as I worked to identify who my clients were, but most importantly, what my purpose was as an artist. My mission evolved and with that change, so did my brand identity and target market. This is the kind of book I wish that I would have read while I was pursuing my college degree. It would have helped me save so much stress and headaches.
While my maturity as an artist back then was still in it's infancy, It still helps to have some guidance when you're on the path to entrepreneurship. My life experiences so far, have helped me shape this book. This book will help artists land bigger paying clients, generate multiple revenue streams, learn proven marketing techniques and identify, find and acquire new clients (and most importantly, keep them coming back!)
As an added bonus, the book is also equipped with Augmented Reality technology. After the customer downloads a free app, they can hover their phone over any of the 20 images in the book, and watch and listen as animation and live videos will pop up on their phone. I am confident that this book will help you in your freelance career and give you the confidence you need to take those risks, make those pitches, and create opportunities for yourself without fear.
Scholastic invited me to take part in the ALA event this weekend in Washington D.C. to promote my Little Heroes of Color Book. I spoke on a panel, did a book signing, met some influential people and leaped out of my comfort zone in the process. Here is a quick video describing my experience.
Heroes of color is an instructional video series honoring the achievements of people of color in and out of the military.