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The best part about being a cartoonist is creative freedom. Being able to say almost anything in a way that entertains is a big plus, but it isn’t all peaches and cream.

Creative freedom is the best part, and creative responsibility is the worst part. Being able to say whatever you want is nice but when you aren’t in the mood, quality suffers.

Artists usually start off with more creativity and less skill and with time and practice, become more skilled but not more creative. Over time, creativity can be lost. Just look at television series with more than ten seasons. 

Being a cartoonist often implies being self-employed, with its own set of pros and cons. There are other options which is another great benefit.

Most people have no idea how hard or easy it can be to make a cartoon. Some artists spend a day or two on one comic panel. Seasoned artists start off like everyone else. (Your work is mildly good at best in the beginning.)

Today, more artists are finding themselves in an oversaturated market. Employers are not actively seeking new cartoons for some odd reason.

My suggestion is to assess your advantages and disadvantages. If you have connections, that’s an opportunity not everyone has. If you’re a natural artist, that’s a talent people spend thousands to try to learn. 

Don’t let anything keep you from your dreams, but be aware of the implications. You won’t always get to have creative freedom and a paycheck. There won’t be conventional work benefits like medical insurance included. You won’t always be taken seriously and people won’t forget your mistakes. 

It’s a cold world out there and a lot of people looking for a quirky career. 


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