You Working for You!
What is your name and the name of your company? Cameron Scott Davis and my company is Idea Boy.
How do you measure success? Accomplishing goals, learning, and having fun doing what I love to do.
What’s one mistake you made early on? Underestimating how long (pretty much everything) takes in reality. Also trying to do everything myself. I guess that’s two mistakes.
What’s the toughest part of being in charge? Scheduling and delegating. (my mistakes) When I’m working for me, I want to stop and pursue every idea that comes to mind. I have learned to stay focussed on finishing first things first (getting the hard things out of the way) before I follow tangents. I’ve done everything myself sto force myself to learn those things and prove to myself that I can do it.
What’s your proudest accomplishment in your business? Having the guts to quit my day job and put a promising career on hold to pursue my dreams. I guess that’s not an accomplishment, but I believe it will be soon.
What have you sacrificed? “Pretty much everything. Two dream jobs, a steady paycheck, healthcare, a beautiful girlfriend, my entire life savings… but at 23 I’d accomplished all the goals I set out to conquer. I was hanging out with rock stars and getting paid (handsomely) designing all the characters for the Guitar Hero video game franchise. Since I was a child I’ve had a dream of creating the next Star Wars/Harry Potter, and I figured, why not me? I’ve been given the opportunity to break off and work harder than anyone else on my own story and I took it. I’m still taking it.
What have you learned? That story has forced me to learn all I can about design and storytelling. Now that I’m wrapping up book 1 in my series, I’m having to learn about the business, printing, and promotional ends of getting my art out there. I resisted learning all that as to avoid it influencing the purity of my dream project.
What’s next? After book 1 is out, it will be a great template for what my vision is. I’m hoping to get other people involved and eventually take it to other media outside of books.
Thank you Cameron Scott Davis for taking time to share your insights into the idea of “you working for you”.
Cameron Scott Davis
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