I admit I spent many years trying to be a successful freelance artist. I graduated from the Academy of Art in 1982, I worked for Bank of America in their graphics department, I freelanced doing computer art for an audio/visual company, I did some advertising for Cal Football, I did some illustrations for video games, and I got my first job with Disney in 1992. So it took me 10 years to get to the point where I could say I got my dream job.
There is a quote by Walt Disney, that if I followed it seriously from the beginning, I think would have helped me get to my dream job faster.
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
– Walt Disney
I spent many days sitting in my apartment, kind of stuck, watching TV, trying to find inspiration, but finding it hard to stay motivated to work toward my goals. I thought about being successful, but I didn’t really know how it could happen. But when I think about it now, being stuck meant getting nowhere. The only way to make my dream happen was to continually try to do something about it. Yes, a lot of times what I tried didn’t work out, but if you let yourself get stuck again, then you’re back to getting nowhere. You have to keep trying, maybe adjust what you’re doing, but try again. The Walt Disney quote helped me to keep on doing.