Yesterday, Friday 13th, 2015, I placed my notice of two weeks termination to my current place of employment. While I can’t discuss my reason, I can say that I have been unhappy with the job and also needed something with more income.
While I’m currently seeking part time employment, the end goal, is to never have to work for anyone but myself in the very near future. With that being said, I am opening my doors again in hopes that my supporters near and far can lend me an ear.
Money is tight for everyone, things aren’t the best for most these days, and as an artist the struggle is very real. I would not be here if it were not for the amazing people that have purchased prints, commissions, buttons, and the like from my shops over the years. While I am leaving the realm of retail, I want to extend a message in hopes that perhaps the amazing community of artists online can lend a voice.
I am asking this – “Can anyone can spread this post?” That’s it.
I am not asking you to buy from me, I am not begging for donations, not for sympathy, or otherwise. In my heart of hearts, I sincerely just want to say, “Hey, I’m an artist and its time to make a living doing the thing I love.”
For those that pass it along, thank you from the bottom of my heart, after today I never ever want to be in the place that I was. But today I felt true pride in myself for standing up and saying that I am /worth/ something. That I am more valuable than my manual labor skills. I am a person with hopes and dreams and goals – I am a person that deserves to be happy and to work toward the things I want to accomplish.
Art is more important to me than words could ever explain. And for the past year, I’ve felt less and less like an artist – being crushed under the anxiety, stress, and demands of a job that could care less about my feelings. I refuse to give up the one thing I’m good at to serve as a pack mule to the masses.
I am worth something to myself, worth more to myself than I saw before.
So it is here, today, that I am standing. I am asking for my friends, family, supporters, anybody that’s reading – to simply repost or reblog this message. I hope that in doing so, that even just one person can help me continue on this road.
For those of you that want to help monetarily (and bless you, by the gods, bless you for it), there are a few options that carry a reward.
I have re-enabled my Patreon again and would love to hear from supporters what kinds of things you’d like as rewards for signing up. Tweet them to me PadmaBhujaga or email them at padmabhujagaart[at]gmail[dot]com, wherever you can let me know – let me know. My Patreon page is located here - www.patreon.com/padmabhujaga
Another means of supporting me would be commissions, and all of my information on pricing and examples can be found here along with the Terms of Service - padmabhujaga.deviantart.com/ar…
The last few options are buying from any of my shops on Etsy, Redbubble, Storenvy, or Society6. For any purchase made through my Etsy or Storenvy (my Storenvy is currently being stocked) shops, I will include a surprise gift as a thank you for the next two months. I will also be enabling a coupon code for referring friends to my shop, which of course, they too will get a bonus and coupon code as well.
Etsy - www.etsy.com/shop/padmabhujaga
Redbubble - www.redbubble.com/people/padma…
Society6 - society6.com/padmabhujaga
My hope from word of mouth from screen to ear, is that I will be able to support myself on my skills and the generous hearts of the people that have followed me to this point.
I leave off with saying to anyone that reads this – Thank You.
Thank you for being the fire, the push, the song that has sung fire into my veins and spurred me forward into a brighter future.
All of my love and all of my thanks,
P. Simhanada “SoulsPoison” Gaither