Yes, I am a professional cartoonist/animator/caricaturist. Yes, I want to make more money at this. Yes, I want more people to enjoy my work enough to want to pay me. And yes, I'm happy that Edward Zellen and I are working on "Afghanistoons", Afghan proverbs illustrated with my cartoons. And yes, my main motivation for cartooning was love of doing the art.
So why am I feeling scared all of a sudden? Not frightened out of my wits, but just feeling a sense of mild fear. It's because my dreams are coming true--it's REAL! I'm not just imagining it! But because it's real, things can go wrong. Doing "Afghanistoons" will bring me a whole bunch of new viewers to like my work but also more people to dislike it. And now I have to deal with publicity: A local PBS station reporter contacted me to talk about this new project. Great--but scary!
I'm just being yanked out of my "comfort zone"--and it's tough! But to move forward like I want to I have to leave the familiar and comfortable behind and take on the new and unfamiliar in front of me. And I must pick and choose which new and old parts will go into my life and work. Difficult but doable.
D.K. Upshaw, you are on your way. Enjoy the journey!