Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Ziobrowski.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Michael. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In a nutshell, I began putting together my Independent pop up art shows with some friends back in 2011. I experimented with different techniques to create my art, always working in mixed media. Over time, I have developed a look that people connect to me, and I continue to show my work in galleries, and online.
I subelement my income with graphic design work ranging from album covers to photoshop retouching for apparel brands. My work has been published in collage art magazines, and I have been growing a slow and steady group of collectors and commissioners over the past 3 years or so.
The combination of always creating and sharing new work, my process in creating that work and continuing to grow my network have helped me get to a point where my fine art and freelance design work enable me to stay independent and pursue further growth with my art.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
A smooth road would be nice, but its been full of tests. I am learning to ride the financial and emotional wave. the highs and lows. sometimes you are extremely busy and having to juggle multiple projects and burn the midnight oil. Other times you twiddle your thumbs and are busy searching for the next project and having to be extremely diligent with your spending.
I’ve had weeks where I’m sitting with $25 in my account and figuring out how to earn an additional $50 in order to be able to buy dinner for my family that evening. It’s been stressful, and still occasionally happens when I have several clients being late on payments. It has improved though.
X Is The Weapon – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My business is just me. I work in digital design and also produce analog mixed media art. I specialize in content layout (catalogs, books, advertisement and retail POP) as well as hand cut and painted collage art.
I am most proud of the relationships my art is helping to create and build. I also feel that my dedication to not only my craft, but to being easy to work with and personable is something that people take notice of, and encourages them to continue to seek me out and work with me.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
So far my definition of success is what I am doing now. I am working for myself and continuing to find a way to take care of my family and responsibilities.
My next level of success will be defined by putting myself in a position to have more financial freedom, have access to more learning and finding more time for travel, and creating abroad.
- Website: www.xistheweapon.com
- Phone: 714-862-7894
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/xistheweapon
- Facebook: facebook.com/xistheweapon
- Twitter: twitter.com/xistheweapon
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