Out with the old and in with the new
We’ve made it everyone! 2016 is here, I wish I was able to write this before the year ended but I spent new years secluded up in the mountains to get some peace and quiet, to do something different and also to rest from a very long year, there was nothing better than being cooped up in a little cabin with a fire to keep you warm and looking out at the window and see patchy snow left from a few days before when it snowed, I completely disconnected myself from civilization and technology for 4 days, so it gave me some time to think about 2015, the good, the bad and the ugly, the amazing and the funny.
2015 was filled with so many things, too many to even count them all, my life long dream of traveling to Japan was granted, I moved to a new house away from noisy and pesky neighbors to finally live in peace without the screams of bratty kids and the horrible music of upstairs and downstairs neighbors, met amazing friends, see my youtube channel thrive gaining almost 2000 more subscribers in a year.
Some things that I did notice even more last year were more problems with people taking my work without permission, another girl on instagram claiming credit for the work I did, then just before the year ended, I had to add plagiarism to the list, it was interesting, as I had never imagined someone copying how I did videos down to the last detail on my style and formatting, fortunately that last incident ended quickly and without major incidents with the youtuber that uploaded that video and took it down, unlike the rest of the people that I confronted about taking my photographs and claiming credit for something they didn’t do that went horrible crazy.
This year there will be a lot of changes, starting from taking less commissions to be able to work with my personal projects, for the last 2 years I’ve only been working on other people’s kits and none of mine, don’t get me wrong, I love working with kits, if not I wouldn’t be painting them, it’s just that once in a while, I wish I keep at least 1 for me you know 😉
Less commissions means less money for me as I make a living out this, but balancing commissions and youtube videos is extremely hard, many of you don’t know how much time it takes to film, edit and produce a video, regardless of it being a tutorial or WIP video, and last year came with a lot of changes that set back my schedule and I was getting behind on due dates for the commissions I was working on, that meant no videos for long periods of time, so I received some encouragement to finally start my Patreon account, this is the best way I discovered that I could balance commissions and provide more quality videos for everyone to watch and enjoy, it’s something I’m working on right now to produce enough content and share via Patreon streams, I don’t make any money from my videos, I just one day decided to spread knowledge on something I’m very passionate about and applied my video editing skills to make videos to be my medium to share said knowledge, so I hope that some people might come forward and give their support by becoming my patreons so I can keep producing even more quality videos and also finally accept requests for videos from patreons.
Patreon is the big project I have for 2016 and depending on how it goes, it will be the determining factor if I produce more videos or if I go back to accepting more commissions. So I do hope that it goes well for either scenario. So please look forward to it.
For those that didn’t catch my last video of the year, you can watch it here
And remember to check out my last 2 works from 2015