Taken directly from Dirk Manning, easily the most successful independent creator I know, or will probably ever know. I've met many. He is successful for many reasons, but the main one being that his work ethic and passion never waver.
I remember when I was beginning on this path and I had interviewed him with my partner Michelle Gallagher on our podcast, he said that quote. Really, he's right. Creating comics requires a lot of sacrifice. Rarely does anyone "make money" in this industry. Everything goes right back into the books and paying the creative team for their work. You give up your days off to work on your book, you skip buying the latest in video games to pay your artist, you will lose sleep, you will lose money, and you may go a little mad in the process... But, it IS worth it. To have your name on the cover of something you can call your own. To have your creation brought to life and others reading it. It's incredible.
But you have to put the work in. You can have all of the passion and desire in the world, but if you don't apply yourself- it'll never happen. So again, (once more with feeling) ask yourself, "What do I want? What am I willing to do to get it?"
- Crystal O'Rourke
The Indie Huntress at TheOuthousers.com
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