Exciting news! I finally got the courage to go and start a Patreon (www.patreon.com/kelseyeng32) I did try out the platform two years ago unannounced, but this time is different! I've leveled up by listening to a gazillion 1 Fantastic Week videos and asking my friends for their wise advice- and in turn used that information to structure the patreon.
For me, the biggest mental hurdle at first was accepting the fact that people would want to support my work. Which was weird, because I support a lot of other artists on Patreon. Sometimes, I just have to pretend I'm my favorite artist and ask myself what would this famous, popular person do.
The next mental hurdle was wondering if anyone would actually pledge. Two years ago I definitely didn't have a big enough audience to launch it. Now, luckily my audience is bigger and I'm in a position to grow with people! As I'm writing this I see new pledges pop up in my inbox and it seriously means so much to me. Honestly, I was so nervous no one would join.
I decided to start a patreon because I want to work towards having a career as an independent artist. That means not working for a company, and devoting my time to make artwork that I put 100% of my effort into. It's very important to me, and it means the world to me that some of you find that important as well.