Hi, my name is D.J. and I’m really glad you’re here.
Way back in the days before streaming TV, I lived the corporate life. I was good at it, too. I went on coffee runs for my co-workers. I never microwaved leftover seafood or burned the popcorn. I got raises and promotions and had health insurance. I lived in some great places and provided for my family. I enjoyed my job and I worked with some amazing people.
But something was missing. I felt like I was doing well, but where was it all heading? There were things I wanted to accomplish that didn’t have anything to do with working in an office. I wanted to make things. I wanted to created art and write books. I wanted to be in charge of my days and my future.
So I quit. And here’s the first hot tip I have for you: Don’t do that.
Our family struggled for many years while I figured out what the hell I was doing. I made tons of mistakes and had Quitter’s Remorse on a weekly basis. It was harder than I thought. I realized that it would have been a lot easier if I had stayed at my job for a few more years while I built that independent lifestyle I wanted.
On the other hand, it was also exciting. Our lives were an adventure, we were in the wilderness, uncharted territory. We got really good at coming up with creative solutions to income and alternative living situations. There was that alpaca farm in rural Oregon… but that’s a story for another time.
More than ten years later, I’m still living an independent life. I own a custom screen printing business, I freelance doing illustration and animation, I write books, and I do a few other things that manage to keep me busy.
It’s not all bourbon and chocolate. I won’t lie, it can still be tough sometimes. But having lived through those floundering years taught me tons about how to make it all work.
I want to help you do this, too.
I’ll be your guiding voice, the little cricket on your shoulder who helps you figure out the right path. You might be thinking it’s impossible, or it’s too late, or you’re too old (spoiler alert: you’re wrong). Maybe you have a family to support and the thought of going out on your own is just crazy. Maybe it is right now, but that doesn’t mean never. I’ll show you how to do the things you want to do without going broke and ending up eating out of dumpsters. I know things. I’ll tell you the things and you can know them, too.
You can always ask me anything or just tell me your own story. I’d love to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org