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The Secret to Finding your ‘Sweet Spot’ as an Artist with Victor Varnado
Episode Summary –
Everyone has a talent, but it’s not always easy discovering it, honing in on it, and crafting it into something that can be created and shared with others. Once we figure out what that talent is, we may want to make it happen, we may try to make it happen, but we often time end up failing to make it happen. Victor will share how you can find your sweet spot as an artist with the right mindset and self-discovery.
To develop the right mindset, one must first discover who they are and what is important to them. With this knowledge, they can set goals aligning with their values. This self-discovery will help them be more successful in life, relationships, business & more.
“You can do anything you want in life and be successful. Understand that there’s someone doing it much worse, and they are making millions.”
In this episode, Victor Varnado, a comedian, New Yorker cartoonist, and filmmaker who has created and produced for Comedy Central, TruTV, VH1, and NERDIST, talks about how he became a successful artist in film production. He paints the picture of why trial and error were the greatest hallmarks of his success and why you should strive to fail as many times as possible. He also talks about how to understand your “Gross Margins” and how you can cross over to the business side as an artist.
Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
[02:51] Victor's career journey and how he got to where he is today.
[07:40] Part of the film plethora that has been more interesting to Victor.
[08:50] How trial & error has been the hallmark of Victor’s success as an artist.
[14:21] Most memorable projects or performances that Victor has worked on.
[17:21] Victor’s superpowers that have helped him in his career.
[20:29] Steps Victor took to cross over to the business side in his career.
[24:48] What are “Gross Margins” and why should every artist know about them?
[29:14] Why simplifying things is one of Victor’s gifts?
[30:53] What Victor is doing to engage his fan base on social media and the advice he shares.
[41:41] What does working from your happy place mean to Victor?
[44:08] Advice for young people starting out in the arts and how to navigate through the challenges.
About Victor Varnado –
Victor Varnado is a comedian, New Yorker cartoonist, and filmmaker who has created and produced for Comedy Central, TruTV, VH1, and NERDIST through his production company Supreme Robot Pictures. His writing has been published on VICE, Salon, and with Marvel Comics. His cartooning work has been released by MAD Magazine as well.
As a standup, he has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. His favorite Wikipedia page, surprisingly, is not his own, but the page for Dancing Mania, although Ferret Legging is a close second.
About the Host –
Belinda Ellsworth is a Speaker, Trainer, Best-Selling Author, and Podcaster
She has been a professional speaker, mover, and shaker for more than 25 years. Having built three successful companies, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs make better decisions, create successful systems, and build business strategies using her “Four Pillars of Success” system.
Belinda has always had a passion and zest for life with the skill for turning dreams into reality.
Over the last 20 years, she has been expertly building her speaking and consulting business, Step Into Success.