If you spare the time to read this to the end, I greatly appreciate you.
This post has been a... struggle to get around to. I've had materials made for this announcement but I couldn't bring myself to organize it because it feels weird to do so. But I am an entrepreneur, a content creator that works for myself but I need some help.
I have made a Buy me a Coffee page. If you're unsure what it is, it's essentially a service that allow consumers of creative content (like yourself) to tip & support artists they love. Unlike Patreon, there is no subscription necessary, no monthly membership if you don't want to.
As a multidisciplinary artist working for myself, 2020 was not good. I'm lucky to be with my family and earn my keep, but I met many more barriers than opportunities, more expenses than profit. Art markets were cancelled and any applications to residencies were fruitless, especially with restrictions on travel. You have shown my online shops & digital illustration so much love (I will always be grateful for that, trust me) but unfortunately I'm not in a position of great renown to make a living off of it. I'm not eligible for relief funds and have been advised to apply for social assistance, but I have not followed through yet. I have so many ideas and skills to offer but without a more stable flow of income I feel sort of stuck. Throughout the year I worked hard to stay positive, as I am in a very fortunate position compared to others, but I must confess that I am vulnerable.
Things will get better I'm sure, but in the meantime I would really appreciate some help. If you visit my Buy me a Coffee(Lifesblood) page, you'll be able to donate in increments of $4. As mentioned before, it can be a one-time thing that doesn't require you to sign up. My website now has widgets on every page that make it super easy to leave a tip.
The only reason you would make an account on BMC is if you'd like to subscribe to me. Should you decide to become a member (which is set to $5/month), you would get a few perks:
Future extras I have in mind entail things like studio tours, consultations and private work streams. This will be a great opportunity to speak with me, the artist, maybe help you to determine whether you'd like to help me further by subscribing to a membership. If this gets going, and I can do what I love and help pay my expenses? That would be truly amazing.
This donation page will support me enough to follow my calling. If you can't buy my products or artwork, a tip will still honour and humble me. Sharing this letter with your friends will also help me tons!!
Take care, everyone