Recently I happen to chance upon a video by Brandon Dayton on why he quit his dream Job at Disney interactive to make comics and art full time. I would encourage anyone wanting to do your own creative work to take a look at these videos before jumping in. He has recently released a comic Green Monk after quitting Disney.
His early goal was to be an animator for Disney but ended up at Disney Interactive
His time at Disney Interactive Studio pushed him to be a be a better artist.
But he felt that something was missing from his life.
We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make movies. – Walt Disney
Art did not make money for Disney initially, but he wanted to make the art form better.
Currently the CEO Bob Iger says Disney knows how to leverage the mind value of their Intellectual Property and make money.
But he feels that Art has become Intellectual property. That has to be mined for money. Market forces determine the value of the Art. Which sometimes feel uninspiring.
He feels that because of this there is little room for Art to experiment and is regulated to side projects after your day Job, which sometimes after a long day you do not have the motivation left to push boundaries of your art.
There is no right or wrong if you do art for money or just want to make Art just to improve the form. Its important to know why you are doing it and how to make it as an artist. There is no end to the discussion.
That is why he quit his job to create art that is not market drive and see how it goes.
His advice goes if you want to purse art that is not made for IP. Save up and plan for it do have a short time period before you go in, its a challenge but it has a reward for taking the risk and he hopes that he can make money to make Art.
This reminded me about Jim Henson Book on Making Art to Make Money. Jim made art that is true to himself but also aligns with the market needs.
One other video to watch:
Brandon talks about his reason to make comics after he has went on to make art for himself.