How many hours per day/whatever amount of days do you spend animating? Does it feel like a job, or a habit? And, lastly, do you feel like it's a "You have to do this or everyone will hate on your channel" or a "I'm doing this because I love my idea". Also, I can tell that the quick fun "Underverse" 10 second animation inspired you to start the entire series! That's cool!
This started just as a hobby. Drawing comics and making animations was always a hobby since I was in school until my last office job. When I decided to transform my hobby into my current job, I was so scared and unsure about my future because I always saw old artists latino friends giving up… just small groups were supporting them. Sometimes no one didn’t care they effort.
I was worried because this is a huuuuuuuge fandom with many different points of view. And the big problem would be the AU and Sanses’ haters. I was never into another fandom before, but I think a big part of this place is VERY supportive and appreciate a lot the effort of an artist. I remember when I saw my first 20 dollars on Patreon… I was so glad and excited like woooah I’m rich!!!! As well as when I saw people rebblogging and commenting the videos on my channel and young kiddos wanting to be like me. The views and subscribers are not important for me, but seeing all these people watching my stuff, it’s a signal that I can stay here working in animations and comics for a long time. Thanks to that I’m getting confidence with my original projects. I can call this a job, because it requires effort and perseverance, requires being mature and serious in the right moment. Requires to keep going if you want to reach a goal. This is not a hobby anymore.
I never say in my videos “subscribe and share” NEVER. My work is the only one that make people decide to watch my content or no. Even if I’m currently working in a fan-animated series for fans like me, my channel and other social media are still mine and I can post anything what I consider enough good and worthly to show my followers. Someday Underverse will be over, and I know many people will leave. They’re free to do that, and I’m free to make a screamer video about crash bandicoot or streaming while I’m animating a pokemon commission for example.
Since Underverse is my first big project and I have learned a lot thanks to it, I just I can’t cancel it forever and start working in another stuff. I know that would hurt a lot my true followers and even myself. Because that means I failed, and I hate to leave a project halfway, incomplete. If I did once, It would happen with my future projects. My effort and my followers are worth it, but I’m the only one to define my content and what I’m able to do here to entertain people. Not a little brat that thinks is my boss and threatens me to unsusbscribe from my channel and dislike my videos.