Winning is not for everyone. Winning is for those who: ✅Commit to do the work no matter how difficult it may seem ✅Never give up when things don't work out ✅Consistently show up even if no one seems to care I’ve been in the online business since 2009, been in many courses and several masterminds over the years and there’s only one thing I have witnessed among all the successful people I’ve met along the way… THEY’RE ALWAYS LEARNING. If things don’t work out, they find solutions and focus on how to make things better for them. If they get stuck, they ask for help. They reach out to someone who has more knowledge and experience for guidance and mentorship. And I’m talking about people who are making 6 and 7-figure income here. They continuously make an effort to learn and they are in the trenches of their businesses. THEY DO THE WORK. You were meant to do greater things. You were not born to be mediocre so don’t be. Take the time to focus on your growth so you can zone in on your creative genius. Don’t rush getting client work simply because you want to make money ASAP. There are ways to get better practice and experience without sacrificing your value. Here are some: ✅Help organizations you believe in and do work for them. ✅Do side projects or passion projects to help elevate your skills and expertise in the industry. ✅Show the possibilities to your clients - get your art on mockups so they can visualize the value of your work. You don’t need to settle for low-ball offers to gain experience. The quality of your work will attract the clients you truly deserve. Remember, you’re not for everyone.
So, Mye - how can you charge that much for an artwork?. A question that makes a regular appearance in my inbox.. When I started getting client jobs 4 years ago, I have very limited work hours (2-4hrs/day). It’s because that’s my son’s nap time so I was very picky with my clients because I know my hours are precious! Needless to say, I only accepted clients who would pay me really well. It’s a bit harsh but I’ve a family to support - go figure. I learned early on that if the client really wants to work with you, they will pay because it is YOU who’s doing the job. My constraint became my leverage.. So how did I earn the right to charge more? I’m not famous as other letterers, I don’t do large scale and gorgeous artworks that win the hearts of many and I don’t have clients like Google, Nike, The New York Times.. I worked. As hard as I can to hone my skills until I get a thousand calluses that I had to put band-aids and washi tapes on my fingers because they were awful! Getting my first client was huge but if I want more, I need to show more and I did! The problem with others is they start charging early and lowball themselves because they are new.. If you really want to attract clients who would want to pay you well, do the work first. Take time to hone your skills and then take them on!. The key to earning the right to charge more is to prove them you’re worth it because, honey, YOU ARE!.. 📷 @craftedbydq
So mom, how do we know if we can start charging for our artwork? My girls asked this morning... As their mom and an educator in the creative industry, I knew I had to respond. What I've typically seen around the art niche are people jumping into trends because it's the next cool thing. And out of the blue, they'll start selling and asking people to hire them for commissions. The result is either crickets or low-ball offers. People come to me asking why they don't get paid what they deserve for their work or why they're not making any sales for their products. They put the blame on things like algorithm or that there are already well-known artists and sometimes, they even say Art doesn't really make good money. If you're one of them and you think it's impossible to make money as a creative, you might find my response to my daughters helpful... Here goes: It takes work to get work. You just have to keep working and creating. You'll know when the world is ready for you because they will tell you. You don't even have to sell your services because your work will speak for itself. Of course, we have to sell our services but as a beginner, honing our skills first is crucial. This is key. You can't simply start charging high rates because you want to. Your clients will need proof that you're the right person for their project. Show them that you are. Be patient. The best clients will come if you keep showing your best work.
Did anyone ever get anywhere by being quiet? - @kazoomagazine ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This cover title was originally designed for Kazoo’s newest book (that’s coming out next month!) but it was also used for their official Noisemaker pouch! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Want to take a peek at the book? Watch my Stories today!
I was on my way to a workshop (a story back when I was in Singapore). It was a Saturday at 9 AM when I was picked up from my location. I booked a Grab ride that day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The driver was a man in his 60s and he has a surprising story to share, and we can all learn from him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ All too often, we give ourselves too much choice: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ➡️ to sleep in ➡️ to stay up late ➡️ to binge-watch Netflix ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We pack so many things into a day, yet they are often completely unproductive. But when it comes to things that matter, we give ourselves so many excuses! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 😩I'm too tired 🗂 I'm too busy 🕔 I don't have enough time in a day 🚸I have children and they're a handful ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ugh, just typing those made me sick to my stomach already. I know, I know...you may be dealing with so many things. But so is everyone else! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you really want to make a difference: 👍 improve your skills 💲 turn your hobby into a business 🗃 get more clients ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ YOU HAVE TO COMMIT. SHOW UP! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Your skills will not get better if you watch a thousand tutorials online without putting it to action. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Clients will not come to you if your gallery or portfolio doesn't show consistent work. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Consistency is key. Show up and do the work. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now, here's the kicker --> it doesn't magically happen overnight! Bummer, right? But my friend, you have to show up even if no one is following you, liking your posts or commenting on them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Don't focus on the numbers just yet. Instead, focus on getting better and people will be drawn to your work even if you don't promote yourself! The unicorn may not work its magic but the universe definitely will! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just like the Grab driver didn't wait for the magic to happen, he made things happen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can make things happen for you too! Start by grabbing your FREE COPY of Styling the Alphabet and learn how to draw better money-makin' letters! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 👉 https://myedeleon.com/sta
Tried to do simpler and easy lettering so I don’t strain my neck but this one alone was painful. Oh the things we do for love! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Regardless, I hope this brings you joy towards 2020 and may it be more prosperous for all of us! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy New Year from our crazy crew to yours! With love, the De Leons. ❤️
7 years! Has it been that long? I asked myself this question the other day and then shed a tear. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Alphonse changed our lives the very minute he arrived. He changed me as a mom, a wife and as a person. I didn’t know then that he’d also change the trajectory of my design career. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Back then, we feared the unknown. We felt sorry for our child. The life we planned for him changed the minute he came out and didn’t cry. He had to taken away from me so he can be checked. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And then we received the news - he has Down Syndrome and a congenital heart disease called Tetralogy of Fallot. So many things went through our minds - how are we able to take care of him? How do we get the money to get him into surgery? Will he survive? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We took everything in - then we paused. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We have no right to complain. We have no right to feel sorry. We have no right to be sad. Because Alphonse is the ONLY ONE going through it all. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❤️ He braved his heart surgery at 6 weeks old. 💊 Started his thyroid meds at 1 week old (‘til now). 🧸 Overcame retractile testis and umbilical hernia 🦻🏻 Still fighting hearing loss (one ear can slightly hear already) 🩺 He rarely gets sick. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He’s a fighter. So if you ask me where do I get my strength? It’s from him. He taught us so many things we never even knew we’re capable of. This boy has brought so much love into our home and so many good friends into my life. How can I ever thank him? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m not even worthy but I’m happy I get to be his mom because these past 7 years has been really amazing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy happy birthday, bud! We love you to bits and won’t change a single chromosome in you. Thanks for coming into our lives! #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromelove #changingthefaceofbeauty
Keeping it short and sweet today. Merry Christmas everyone - from our family to yours! ❤️