Hope you all are doing well. I have been grinding away at this client project but somehow found some time to write this week's issue. I also got some new glasses finally after they were crushed at the Turnstile show, so things are looking up!
The other day I re-read Steal Like an Artist again. I am always recommending it, so just wanted to make sure it held up haha. I'm here to say that my recommendation is a good one, that book is filled with amazing little nuggets of gold. If you ever feel imposter syndrome around trying to be original this is a perfect read for you. It basically sums up that age-old phrase "There is nothing new under the sun", and instead of taking that as a negative spinning it into a positive and how you can learn from other amazing creatives.
Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from the book.
"Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again"
"If you have 1 person you're influenced by, everyone will say you're the next whoever. But if you Rip Off a hundred people. then they will say you're so original!"
If you want some more book recommendations, check out this Video
I have been compiling notes and ideas for a new video I am going to make about Passive Income. I had a bunch of people in my last video comment saying they would want to see it so ima do my best to get it done. It got me thinking about the bigger picture though and my overall goals as a freelancer. When I first graduated college my goal was to become a freelancer and work on a bunch of cool client projects. I still want to do that but the amount of work I want to take on has shifted. My goal now is to generate eventually make enough income each month from passive sources and YouTube/podcasts to cover my expenses. This does not mean I will stop doing client work, however, there will be less pressure to take on shitty clients and give me more time to work on my own personal design practice. I think I will always work with clients but I def want to create the privilege for myself of being able to turn them down. I'm not sure if this makes complete sense, however I do think I have a roadmap in mind to make this happen. What are your goals as a creative?
Social Media Giveth and Taketh Away
Recently my friend and talented designer Caroline Dietl got her Instagram hacked. She had gained over 25k followers and just like that some piece of shit took it all away. The idea that these platforms we rely on so heavily can be talked away just like that is scary. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and all the other bullshit is a great way to build a network and audience but it isn't really your audience. Those followers are just on loan to you from Meta or any other big corporation. This is why I always harp on the idea of owning your audience. If you need a wake-up call to start an email list, work on your portfolio, write a blog or anything independent from big social media companies then do it now. Anyway... go follow Caroline's New Account, she is an amazing designer!
Stuff I currently like and stuff I'm looking forward to!
Attack on Titan FINALE!
Listening to more Flaming Lips again
Client Email Helper by Jessica Hische
Tweet of the week below by Teffy
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Much Love, Glue.
Weekly Wrap Up
Solo Podcast and some fun collage experiments!
Solo Podcast No.3
Older Vid but Reminder to Unplug Here and There
I put out a lot of free content and I love doing it. However, ya boy has student loans and bills to pay. Sooooo If you want to get access to some more exclusive content, you can always check out my Patreon. It helps support your boy and you’ll get some goodies along the way like:
10% Off At My Online Print Shop
High Res downloads of my work
Bonus Podcast Episodes
Patron shoutout at the end of my YouTube videos
Exclusive Discord Server Role
In addition to freelancing and creating content around design, I also sell prints. Get yourself something nice to hang up in your studio:) Here are some details on my prints.
Limited Quantity, once all sold they won't be reproduced
8x10 or 16x20 inch versions printed on high-quality lustre paper
All prints are hand-signed, numbered, and shipped by me
Art Prints by Jesse Nyberg — jessenyberg.bigcartel.com
Art Prints by Jesse Nyberg