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Once and Future Street Artist

First, if you saw yesterday's post, http://robertsloan2.livejournal.com/585925.html, and can't afford to pitch in a few bucks to help me move - you can still help big time. Just copy the link and repost it on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, any social media you have. Ask them to pass it on. If friends of friends of friends start pitching in it'll reach the goal without burdening anyone.

I'll do the same whenever I see your posts raising funds for emergencies and pay it forward once I'm on my wheels.

After the incredible 12 hour day of Deal with the Scam, Find Housing, I was wiped out. I didn't sleep that night till five in the morning and jittered around worrying about everything that could go wrong. I used some of my nervous energy planning. Then I relaxed, hung out on forums for a few hours and went to bed at 7pm. Up today at 7am feeling much, much better.

What happened was wonderful. I got real help every step of the way. Most of all, every service and charity I contacted on any of these rounds of calling ahead has been encouraging me to come home. Just one person asked "Why are you coming to San Francisco? Do you know it's very expensive to live here?"

As soon as I said "Disabled street artist," her whole tone changed. Everyone at Social Services has been cheering me on about that too. I think I know why.

Street artists and crafters don't become homeless. They might be under the poverty line at startup but even if they get robbed or their house burns down and they lose everything, their skills get them back on their feet fast. They go through the system on a revolving door. They don't get fired. As long as there are tourists, they can rebuild the same way they built up the business the first time, but with practice get there sooner.

I'll be living about $100 above my means for a month or two, using my savings to close the gap between my rent and what I bring in every month. That's only until I'm self supporting on street art and online income streams. I had an eBay hobby of selling and collecting ACEOs that broke even for a couple of years. Taught me the ropes on eBay and gave me a good seller feedback score. They've also urged me to use Zazzle. I'll have designs on a popular subject and prints to sell on eBay that don't take my putting in the time for originals.

But I think that once I have my street license, even if I get it before my power chair, IHSS can cover the gap because a personal assistant can drive me to setup, help me set up, help me break down and take me home. Depending on how many days a month I can get out, I could hit Self Supporting fast. But as long as I still have MediCal, I'll get the chair however long it takes.
Explore-Oil-Pastels-With-Robert-Sloan.com Articles at eHow.com, ETSY shop, My Bonanzle Booth, deviantART gallery, SFFmuse and look for art by robertsloan2art on eBay. Listed on Art Blogs 4 U
Proud member of the Oil Pastel Society
Interesting art blog: Patrick's Art Blog focused on realism!
New Topical Blog: www.robs-art-supply-reviews.blogspot.com for all the cool art stuff that isn't oil pastels!

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 4th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
Donation
Hey, Robert, it's me, Dena. Just discovered your blog and began reading about the pending move to SF. I made a small donation. Hope it helps. I'll be keeping up with the news. My new blog is http://thebrushandme.blogspot.com/
robertsloan2
Jul. 4th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Donation
Thank you! Just mailed you a note too. Ari purrs at you and sheds Cat Hairs of Inspiration on you!
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