What Are My Chances of Becoming a Famous Cartoonist?
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What Are My Chances of Becoming a Famous Cartoonist?

With all the great talent out thete today, people may find themselves wondering how they can break into the cartooning business, too. The most daunting aspect obviously, is the competition. So, exactly what are your chances of becoming a successful cartoonist given the competition, anyway? Read on to find out...

With all the great talent out there today, people may find themselves wondering how they can break into the cartooning business, too. The most daunting aspect obviously, is the competition. So, exactly what are your chances of becoming a successful (read: famous) cartoonist given the competition, anyway? Read on to find out...

You have the same chances of becoming a famous cartoonist as Jim Davis had when he drew the very first pencil sketch of Garfield. You have the same chances of becoming a famous cartoonist as Daryll Collins had before he drew his first funny greeting card character. You have the same chances of becoming a famous cartoonist as Matt Groening had when he was called to create The Simpsons for television. None of these famous cartoonists was born holding a one-way ticket to fame/success. They all had to confront and overcome many of the same obstacles that are currently standing between you and your dreams of becoming a famous cartoonist.

While all famous cartoonists are born with some degree of talent, talent alone is not what makes you a famous cartoonist. Hard work, practice, intelligence, drive, passion, originality, and persistence is what transforms talent into success/greatness. Taking time to work on your cartoons instead of zoning out in front of the television all weekend is but one way to help you become a famous cartoonist. Drawing, tearing up your drawings, and starting over again, is yet another way to help you become a famous cartoonist. Continuing toward your goals, learning lessons from your mistakes and failures, constantly improving and never giving up until you succeed, is quite possibly the most important step in helping you become a famous cartoonist.

Don't let the fear of competition derail you from your dreams of becoming a famous cartoonist. There has been competition ever since cartoons were first published a hundred years ago on a regular basis. (Long before that, cavemen competed for drawing space on cave walls!) Over the years, thousands of people just like you have found some degree of success in cartooning, in spite of the competition. When Bill Watterson first created Calvin and Hobbes, the newspaper pages were already full of plenty of great comics, and frankly, nobody needed another new comic strip. Despite that, Watterson made his creation one of the most famous and successful comics of all time.

Granted, not all cartoonists will reach the same degree of success/fame as Charles Schulz, Walt Disney, Chuck Jones or Gary Larson; likewise, all basketball players won't achieve the same greatness as Magic Johnson or Larry Bird, and every kid who takes piano lessons won't become Elton John or Billy Joel. But, every cartoonist who works hard and cares about his work can improve and grow and make strides toward one day becoming a famous cartoonist.

Regardless of your natural talent, you do have a great deal of control over your own progress and potential. Nothing of value comes easy, and success in any field demands countless hours of hard work, dedication and sacrifice. Given all these attributes, you too can be well on your way to becoming a famous cartoonist.

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