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HUMANS OF GREENVILLE, August 2015

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"I've always been interested in art from a young age. Both my parents were really supportive of that so any time I wanted to try something, they would always say, 'Here's some paints, here's pencils, here's paper. Go crazy with it.' I never really had anyone tell me, 'This is not going to work for you.'

"Being a freelance artist was slow going for a long time, but I was able to transition to doing it full time. Now everything I do is funded by my art and it's great. Right now my main focuses are animation and mobile game design. I never get stuck in a rut or bored with what I'm doing because I can hop over to another project."

What's the most rewarding part of being an artist?

"Nobody can tell me where I need to be. I'm my own boss. I will never meet even a small percentage of the people who see or experience my work. My art is always for me, but when it can go out into the world and make people laugh or smile, that's really cool."

What's your ultimate goal?

"When I'm no longer on this planet, I want my art and the things I've done to live on and keep inspiring people. I don't know if I'm going to have kids so my art is like my babies. I nurture them for a while and then send them out into the world and hope they do good things. They carry on my name.

"My girlfriend has been so supportive of me. A lot of people don't think freelancing is doable or worth it. From day one she thought it was amazing and has been there for me. That makes it even better. A lot of people would look at what I do and think there's no way they could ever do that, but that's exactly what I used to think too. The easiest thing to do in the world is give up and that's why you see so many people doing it. You have to be persistent."

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Bless your heart
Bless your heart