Internet is my true agentWritten by Dessislava Oundjian
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Q> What is business side of cartooning? R> Tough...Professional cartooning IS a business. I am president of Cardsup Greetings Ltd., which is a full-service multimedia company. We (it is a company, remember?) specialize in humor, but we do almost everything -- web design, interactive animation, web hosting, logo design, etc. We also provide humor content to web sites -- right now we have packages of daily cartoons and ecards that work great for marketing web sites. Q> What is best thing for you as a cartoonist? R> Being my own boss. Being able to work from home. Having my wife and kids around me. Cartooning can be quite rewarding:) Q> Where does your inspiration come from? R> I am often asked that question...The truth is that after all these years my inspiration comes from bills I have to pay...Deadline a inspirational too. This is a creative business, and as such, you need some reality biting you from behind. Q> Is there a secret for being successful? R> There are no secrets. Being successful comes with a lot of work. You wonít be successful if you sit all day in from of television set. You must promote yourself and produce new material each and every day. Q> Do you work with any agencies? Do you think they help artists? R> No. Iíve had my share of rejection slips. Agencies are business representatives. In some cases they can help -- having someone out there promoting your work is nice. But they are not a guarantee for success and if you can do work you donít actually need them. Thatís why I LOVE Internet -- that is my true agent! And remember, if you recommend me -- youíll get paid! Q> Tell us a bit about selling process. Do you have set rates for your work and do you give discounts? R> I do have set rates, rates that I usually charge but I am very flexible. Each client has a different budget and a different need. There are a lot of factors that go into determining how much a cartoon costs, and there is always that negotiating process. No client is too small or too big for me. I never turn away clients. Q> Vlad -- whatís up with name? R> Contrary to wide spread rumor, I am not related to Dracula. I was, however, born in a small town on river Danube relatively close to Transylvania. That could explain my taste for dark humor. Q> Do you ever laugh at your cartoons? R> Guilty, your honor! That has happened from time to time. But what I prefer is seeing others laugh at them -- that is my biggest reward! Q> How do people react when you tell them you are a cartoonist? R> Most of them do not understand what that is...May be itís my accent, or may be itís such an exotic profession. How many cartoonists do you know?
Dessislava Oundjian is the marketing Guru behind http://www.etoon.com -- one of the largest searchable cartoon databases in the world. Find T-shirts and other custom apparel, get information about licensing our cartoons or send e-cards.
Make Free Money With GoogleWritten by John Baker
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