One of the challenges with becoming a cartoonist is that there is no prescribed, clear path to success.
My pal Mark Anderson writes about how success is achieved by trying and failing, trying and failing, and then, finally, trying something and then that something succeeding.
He puts it better:
Fail big, fail messy, and fail often.
He's right. And the corollary is that to succeed, you have to keep trying new things and keep toiling with no guarantee of financial reward at the end of it.
Mark goes down a very personal list of things-he's-tried-and-failed-at. It's not pretty, but it's honest. And the larger picture is that some things do work out. You just have to keep moving, like a shark. Yeah, that's it. A hungry cartoonist shark that is hankering for a sandwich.
Go read FAIL! You won't be sorry.