Thanks. Someone recommended the Disney World Resort internship program, and I am highly considering that. I didn't really think of a visually appealing resume, but it absolutely makes sense, so thanks!
It takes a lot of skill, good attitude, and self-whoring.
To get known as a tattoo artist, I started by doing a lot of free tattoos, trade work, and just being friendly and getting to know a lot of people. I worked hard to develop a specific style that people liked, and always had the goal of delivering more than what people expected. I think intention is very important here; when you set your mind to the idea of not just satisfying people, but BLOWING THEIR MINDS, and then set to work as hard as you can to make that happen, eventually it works. You can't get discouraged when it doesn't, though, sometimes it takes many tries.
I gave out a lot of little free pieces of artwork to promote myself. One thing I did that I still think was pretty damn clever was creating a cool image and printing it on hundreds of stickers, then giving them as gifts. I chose the image because it caught the eyes of a lot of people. It is the same image, throughout bars and party houses and people's cellphones and car bumpers all over the city- people are beginning to recognize it and associate it with me.
Meet other local artists. Hang out where they hang out. They'll start to tell you about shows and opportunities to get your work out.
Be willing to sacrifice everything to the success of your career. Keep in mind that being an artist is an unstable job; you're going to have to get used to lots of ups and downs and dealing with shit and just bumps in the road in general. If you let anything stop you, then you lose. Plan not to lose until you are dead.
Anyways, those are my tips for being an independent contractor. Good luck.
Thank you. I know my art is really good, but need to have a more positive attitude about it, for sure. I'm generally a shy person, but performing is causing me to grow out of it, so whoring out my art should be no problem the more I do it. ^_^
I'll be honest; your art has potential, but you've got a long way to go before you're going to get to a level where people are going to take you seriously as a professional. The beginning is REALLY fucking tough. Do not underestimate how much work this is going to take; if it was easy everyone would do it. I'm not trying to discourage you, just to give you a real and honest perspective. However, as people begin to respond more and more positively to your work, you will slowly begin to earn confidence in yourself. It feels amazing.