Rose’s 2020 Manifesto

Inspired by Gary Vee’s blog post.
I’m a human being and human beings forget, so I’m writing my manifesto here to remind me. I’m doing this because I believe that it’s important and that it will help keep me grounded:
What am I into? I’m into art and music. In particular, I like drawing in ink and watercolor. As for music, I’m into composing.
I was born and raised in the Philippines. We were poor, but it wasn’t so bad because we were able to eat everyday and had a decent place to stay.
I’ve been drawing since I was a kid. Nobody taught me how to draw. Back then, we had Dragon Ball and Sailormoon on TV, and the mom and pop stores sold these small, cheap trading cards of the anime that kids played with on the street. I thought the illustrations were cool and felt inspired to draw them.
When I was in school, I’d draw at the backpages of my notebooks during class. My math teacher noticed and told my mom, who wasn’t entirely pleased. I filled a bunch of notebooks with my own hand-drawn comics. I used to stay up late at night, lying on my belly and drawing on the notebook on my bed. I’d challenge myself and see if I can copy an anime character that I’m interested in. But I was already pretty sure and confident that I could do it.
As for the composing music part, I wonder how I got started. I think it was after I joined my first band here in Hawaii. I was into the Beatles and learned a lot of chords from memorizing their songs, so I experimented with what I knew.
What do I want to do? I want to go full-time into my art. I want to wake up feeling excited about my day and say, “I look forward to what I’m going to do today!”. I want to make music. The music is my passion project, which means I don’t want to commercialize it. Just pure expression.
Tell me where you are and where you want to be. 
I’m in my 30s, gay and single and I live with my parents here in Hawaii. I’ve told my boss that I’m leaving the company, and to be honest it feels like a leap of faith. I currently have some debt and figuring out how to pay it, and being a little worried about where I’m going to get my income next because I was so used to the security of my job. I currently have a bunch of paying projects, in particular a commission and a book project with my friend.
I want to be in a place where I have my own studio, have a steady, consistent income from my art projects, clear my debt, and be earning at least $2000 a month. I want to be happy and have a fulfilling art career.
By the way, here’s my 2019 Manifesto that I forgot to post back in March:
Rose’s 2019 Manifesto
(in no particular order)
1. I believe in God, but will never force my beliefs upon other people.
2. I believe that art is a way that can help save people.
3. Acknowledge mistakes, but don’t beat yourself up over it. Keep moving forward.
4. It’s not time, but creativity that heals.
5. Honor your heritage.
6. Complaining is draining.
7. I highly respect someone who’s aware of their weaknesses and circumstances, but works hard to improve themselves without being an ass to others.
8. Believe in yourself and value your opinion.
9. Self-awareness is very important.
10. I live my passion and regardless of where I am in life, I’m grateful that I’m able to do it.
11. I believe that there is no one who has no talent, but people have something that they’re very good at. And it’s up to them if they want to use it to do good, to help people.

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