DON’T BE A STARVING ARTIST! MAKE MONEY INSTEAD!

Don’t Be a Starving Artist, Make Money Instead! (RANT)
Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur or creative entrepreneur, but nobody wants to be a starving artist. There is nothing noble about starving artists, you owe it to yourself and others to be successful.

Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone… but…
You can either find a way to do what you love for a living on your own terms, or you can do something you’re good at, make money, and then do what you love without stress or limitations.

This was something I learned the hard way in becoming a freelancer, a creative services professional in corporate America, and then ultimately a creative entrepreneur.

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Comments

Nicholas Kin says:

Ive been trying to make enough to quit my 9-5 for well over a decade, still at it, taking my youtube channel much more serious now. Thanks for the pep talk :)

Pete Hodnefield says:

Thank you Roberto. I am cutting out every excuse in order to move forward as an artist. Your podcast episode about not being soft was very eye-opening. It made me realize that I am not ready to handle success yet, so I will continue to put my head down and train!

Prairie Trading says:

Great video, Roberto. I appreciate your advice and your videos.

Antonio Villagomez says:

I soo relate to this!!I love filmmaking and photography but doing it for clients can be super painful. I just officially started my Youtube channel to hopefully use it as a creative outlet to create videos because I love making them not just because I have to. Thanks for the advice Roberto!

Evolution • Of • Mario says:

I watched your video at work but decided to get on my phone and comment. Thanks I needed to hear this. I have been using my artistic skills for others so long I feel I have lost my creativity. I am fighting to get it back. The type of career I have is what you described. By the time clients or other’s edit my work I don’t even recognize it. Thanks for the video!

Sharif Sourour says:

I pretty much put myself in a position where I have to hustle, and though tough it’s definitely led me in the right direction. It’s all about dedication.

EZNitro _ says:

Thank you I’m tryin to be an artist thanks for this:D

SamNi says:

Love the set! So bright!

AnXplodinTurtle says:

Photo garfer

Mr Vee Are says:

Love this video. I opened up a e-commerce site to branch my revenue bc i don’t want to be a starving artist. I’m trying to not only branch out but hunker down on what I can do best. Just tough when most people say they’ll support when they don’t. I’m trying to learn how to market myself & product better because I think that’s what’s not allowing me to go where I wanna go.

SECRET SCRATCHER says:

GREAT MESSAGE!!!! Thanks for the video. Helpful. I have enjoyed all of your videos thus far. I think I am through 1/3 of them.

MOONMANMIGZ says:

Woke up but need up to do so.

Benmoussa Hatim says:

Respect, I think you reach the level and mindset that you understood the purpose of life and the joy cames fromi helping other peoples, I don’t know, but the way you took this entrepreneur things by a certain way that you felt somehow sad , even if you did the things that you love to do you still depressed and I agree with that, as I mentioned the purpose of that you just say it and the way you express showed me that the most happy people are the one who actually help others, but not only doing there needs to feel so

Stephanie Gandy says:

You have always spoken to my soul. Thanks for your motivational words of wisdom. ❤❤❤

Alex H Scoffield says:

2:23 TRUTH BOMB! Well said Roberto, well said

Darran Hight says:

Misfit toys. I dig that! Great video :)

Alfie Fallejo says:

Crushing it Roberto

Louis Luzuka says:

You’re my hero

Doing it With jason says:

Nice thumbnail!

Mike Dejean says:

Working on creating a community of followers

Grace Barry says:

Enjoyed your take on this, very motivational dude!

BasiMental says:

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You just helped so much with what I want to do for me and my dream! You the real mvp for the one again Roberto! Solid info for me and any artists wanting to just do there own thing. Im looking into ways to do this as we speak.

XERO for Hire says:

I’ve been really having a hard time with the fact that I don’t have help with videography, and that I’ve had to use tripod all the time. So this weekend I decided to use a whiteboard to create points for motion tracking and I’ve been doing two point motion tracking for camera shakes. That way even though I’m using a tripod and certain shots, or even if I’m using a drone, I can still get a really nice organic camera Shake. Hopefully I’ll be able to post some examples soon.

MOONMANMIGZ says:

I am not going to lie I like your videos. They are really helpful. I have seen myself watching your videos at different times in my still blooming career. I really would like to ask you if you could be my mentor and help me grow my channel. Right now I see myself in the starving artist stage. And I don’t know how to make money in the areas I want to make money in please help.

Pen & Blade says:

First!

MOONMANMIGZ says:

Dude you are amazing the way you speak is right on. I want to be like you and inspire others. But I need help to do so. Since I am a small creator no one really knows who I am.

Fluffy Wox Vlogs says:

I recently got a new job that actually gives me enough hours to pay my bills, so I’m working on getting my finances in order to be able to be more stable and debt-free. Outside of that, I’ve been signing up for free online courses from two handmade-entrepreneurs that I’ve been following and have grown comfortable with. One course in particular has inspired me to change how I showcase my brand online so I’ve started working on that, as well as getting products ready for my first official product line launch

Knave Child says:

We’ll all be starving artists soon….try to do what you love, but prepare: “Cracks in the US Economy – They Are Afraid Its All Going to Collapse”: https://youtu.be/07yLDCwDWUw

Cendan Claiborne says:

its crazy you added this because this exact thing has been on my mind. I’m personally tired of feeling guilty about that. Im just not inspired by average income using my hard earned skills for a salary that some executive uses to make millions. I definitely want to be successful and want an inspiring life AS AN ARTIST. Art is a service and being great at it along with business should be a priority. Ill work extra to be the one to capture the value of my own hard work.

SeeKaysee says:

Soul crushing and uninventive? Whoa…did you just describe my 8-5 corporate graphic design job? You did. This is the year where I’m going to figure out how to get passive income started. I’m hustling…but I don’t think I’m hustling in the right way.
ALSO – vid quality and color grading ON POINT.

Kenny Reese says:

Hey man what happened to your video “look”?

Aquatasy says:

Roberto, this is why your channel is so good. This is the message that people need to hear. I know exactly where you are coming from. For many years I had the “dream job” that everyone envied. I worked for George Lucas. I designed games at LucasArts. I created visual effects at Industrial Light & Magic. I helped bring new Star Wars movies to the screen. I even spent 12 years officially portraying Darth Vader for film, television, games, commercials, print, you name it. It was an amazing experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world. But is wasn’t magic 24/7. Just as with graphic design, game art, animation, and feature film VFX can be a grind some days. The industry and the business itself can wear you down. I am much happier now as a freelance consultant. Now I have the time to lecture, to teach, and to pay it forward. Plus, I can pick the projects that I truly want to work on and have meaning for me beyond just being a paycheck. And I get to be an online creator making YouTube videos about tropical fish – the hobby that keeps me sane when I’m doing all the other stuff – and combine it with my skills as an effects artist, editor, animator, and motion graphics artist.
Moving from that corporate or 9 to 5 mindset to an entrepreneurial way of thinking was key to my happiness. Each time I begin to backslide and start working for my money instead of making my money work for me, you come along with a video like this that gives me a swift kick in the pants and reminds me I’m on the right path. So thank you, Roberto, for being such an inspiring Jedi master. We padawans appreciate it. Blessings to you!

MOONMANMIGZ says:

The steps I am taking to be more successful. Pretty much are working on my channel every day. And uploading. But being a small channel as I am. I am in the starving artist stages. Since I am not yet getting paid for my craft. Since I don’t have the views and subscriber to start getting funds to further grow my channel. I was wondering if you could be my mentor to help me in this process. Or help me find other ways I can get the funds I need to help me further grow my channel.

Fredrick Iyeh says:

I guess you wouldn’t recommend a full time job in a different industry then? I’m trying to grow as a Filmmaker

Bonga Wishniz says:

Hey there Roberto, That was really a great message. I am currently struggling to put my brand on the market due to financial difficulties, I am inspired to write a book which I am hopeful that it will not cost me a lot.

Trey Roque says:

Word

Passport Kings says:

Roberto when i make travel videos focussing on women, my watch time and all other metrics, including revenue goes through the roof. I never wanted to be a TnA channel..but. If im hearing you correctly, this video says i should do as many raunchy videos as possible, because itll pay the bills and get me the equipment i want to be the creative that i would love to be…. Is that correct?

4 the love of tech says:

“we actually care about money” – Roberto Blake

Rustin Van Katwyk says:

I’m creating videos to help push myself creatively and to help me transition from being an untenured college professor into an online entrepreneur so I can take charge of my own creative output and earning potential.

JohnSpot says:

Thank you for this Video Roberto :)

JJMarieVlogs says:

I love the superwoman book in the back lol

Roberto Blake says:

#QOTD What are you doing to move forward as an artist?
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Divert Living says:

Loving your light set up! On point! Great talk as well very very helpful!

Donna Osborn says:

I’m in a really weird place with my creative endeavors. Resentment level with the day job, – high. I have 250 pages of comic done and a story that aches to be told. No time to draw it in. So I’m leaning on my savings to take unpaid days off to do what’s necessary to revive the comic and monetize it in a smart way. Will be documenting the process in a vlog because I don’t see many people reviving a creative thing that was set aside because of life happening.

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