Tell us who you are and what you do!
I’m a freelance artist. I work for different graphic design companies, but outside of my freelance work I love impacting the younger generations. My way of connecting with the youth is through story telling. I’m an author and illustrator of three children’s books. I’m on a mission to do great things for our youth today. This mission isn’t easy, but its going to happen!
What is the inspiration for your work?
My inspiration for my artwork, I would say is the power to impact lives without talking, by just drawing and creating. I know I’m not famous yet, but my art gives me a voice.
What would you say to prevent an upcoming artist from making the same mistakes you have made?
I would suggest to other artist like myself to avoid making any verbal contracts, always have something in written form stating the agreement with them and their clients. People will try to pull a fast one on an artist, especially if the artist doesn’t recognize their worth. Speaking of worth…. NEVER under-sell your work. Yes, you do want to be reasonable with your prices, but us artists have to pay our bills too! Also, learn to let go of your artwork. As artist we can get very attached to our work. Let go and create more, so you can sell more!
What obstacles have you faced as a Black Artist/Business Owner?
How do I start? Lol. I faced so many obstacles already, despite the fact that I’m young. When I graduated high school I knew I wanted to go into something involving art. I experienced so much loss. I made so many investments with people who weren’t as motivated as me and those investments failed because nobody did their part, but me. I thought certain people in my neighborhood that became successful could open a door for me, but I was wrong. I just got a pat on the back after going out of my way to meet people that I thought would give me a shot.
Fast forwarding into me maturing, learning and publishing my first book, Royal Angelo and the Unordinary Kids. I assumed me being a black artist pursing my dreams, people would support me. I was wrong again, but instead I dealt with a lot of “let me get a discount” or “Why is it so much?” But, it is what is, I’m very grateful that I have a relentless work ethic.
As I continue this journey to success, I’m learning not to let my hustle be fueled by the audience. I am Black and I am determined to make great impact no matter what obstacles come my way.