I’m an artist who quit his corporate job two years ago after my artwork went viral on Reddit. I now earn more from painting! AMA
A bit about me.
Almost five years ago a friend posted one of my artworks on reddit and it hit the front page. I had no idea what reddit was at the time, but I suddenly had huge interest in my artwork and a massive amount of support from the community. I followed it up with an article about how my painting progressed over the years which went even more viral online and was picked up by a huge number of media outlets worldwide.
The Follow Up and a bit of a summary of what happened: https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/3ys3wf/how_a_post_on_rpics_3_years_ago_completely/
During all those years I was working as working in a big corporate conglomerate in their financial insurance arm (blegh) but earning well while painting on the side. Despite a healthy promotion and the security that came with the job, I decided to quit almost exactly two years ago and pursue art full time…and it has turned out more than ok!
I’m now happier than I have ever been, eating moderately premium ramen, and have my first international solo exhibition happening in Nov!
Proof ft. Waffles: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ_WZ6SjJbe/
Edit: Guys thank you so much for such a incredible response! Its getting super late here so will try answer as long as I can and continue in the morning. Answering a few of the common questions here:
- Most of my stuff is up at www.marcallante.com but the new work is not available until the show opening
- You can find me on most social media tags @marcallanteart probably most active on www.instagram.com/marcallanteart
- If you are in LA in Nov, please stop by the show! There is a public opening party on Nov 3. Its Avenue Des Arts in DTLA
- Chuck me an email or PM if you want to ask anything once this AMA is done!
Edit 2: Fading a bit as its early hours of the morning here but will try get up early and answer a few more questions if I can. Thanks so much guys!
Edit 3: Ok sleep time but I'll continue when I wake up. Waffles bailed early: https://www.instagram.com/p/BaAG0suDXya/