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What does it mean to become a ‘full stack visual artist’?

  1. You own the means of production
  2. You own the means of distribution/sharing/business
  3. You know how to manage the marketing, technical aspects, and all the art aspects.

Essentially you become a fully-integrated pillar in which you can do everything yourself, without being dependent on anyone else!

1. Don’t outsource

Learn how to do all the technical and nitty-gritty stuff yourself.

If you need to do some technical things for your job, teach yourself how to do it. Learn via trial-and-error, and learn the minimum and basics in order to do what you need to do.

2. Know “just enough”

For example I am not that knowledge about web development, but I know just enough to design/edit/modify this blog. I installed wordpress.org and installed the Genesis theme, and use their paid themes [for example this blog is currently running the “Revolution Pro” theme]. I just edit and modify the design, layout, and other options — I do not build the thing from scratch.

3. Fully-independent

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Tucson, Arizona, 2013 #cindyproject

The secret to happiness is independence. This means, you have full control over your own life! How you create, what you create, what you share, what you don’t share, what you do, and what you don’t do.

Never put yourself in a position when you are dependent on others, or else you will lose a margin of your own freedom.

The worst trade to do in life:

Trade a degree of your freedom for more money.

If anything we should do the opposite:

Trade your money to gain a deeper degree of freedom!

4. Laptop warrior

It still seems that the best digital tool we have as entrepreneurs is the good-old laptop.

My practical suggestion:

Buy the best laptop (MacBook Pro) you can afford. I think the 13” MacBook Pro Touch Bar (refurbished, maxed out) is probably the best ‘bang for the buck’ tool you can get when building yourself and your business.

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5. You are the pillar

In short:

Depend less on others, depend more on yourself!

ERIC

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