Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamal Thomas.
Hi Jamal, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
Here is a brief run-through, Born at Mercy hospital in 1987. As I can remember, I’ve always had an interest in art (Contributing my family and the city in inspiring me). I’ve always find myself drawing, even throughout my schooling (Cecil Elem, Canton Middle School, and Carver Voc- Tech) tried to work in or around art. I didn’t start my own business (Laughing Cat Media) till my mid 20’s. Usually to the hardest part in going independent in any field is… the start. As I continue my journey (or try to accomplish my goals). I just try to have fun. In closing, I just try to do the best I can do, and not focus on the results, but on the moments, and the memories that I have with people.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
(You’ll have to excuse me for laughing really hard). To answer the question, no the road hasn’t been smooth. I don’t think the road will ever be smooth. But that’s just the nature of anyone who has goals/aspirations. Once you set your mind on something Obstacles/Challenges will always present themselves. How big or small they are is only relevant to the person. I tend not to worry all of the “outside stuff. I can’t control how other people feel…and I tend not to think about it. Most of my (personal) hurdles are mostly in my mental space. I tend to do a lot of thinking while working. But things like “Is the art any good?”, “Will this work?”, “How will this be received?”. But with those kind of things, you have to press on ‘cause it may inspire someone else. Another challenge of my and I would think for most people is Time. There is so much I want to do, so many projects and things that I would like to work on. Prioritizing on what I work on is a big challenge. There’s only so much time.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I tend to just say “Artist” as it incumbent everything I can do…And just makes it shorter. I would say, Drawing would be my specialty (I done it the longest). But I most draw 2d art. And that has expanded to doing 3d art, writing, and a starting filmmaker. Prior to (the current pandemic) I would sell my art on the road at conventions held around the world (and some online). I personally don’t know “what” I’m known for. I don’t pay a lot of attention to a bunch of the “hoop-ploy”, I mostly just want to make stuff. Most Proud of? I tend to be proud of all my work. I work as hard as I can on it and then move on to the next thing taking what I’ve learned. I’m personally not sure “What sets me apart from other artist”? If I had to guess, I would have to say my humor. But I think that’s just part of my personality. Like making things with some type of humor in it. Making people laugh is a very effective skill to have.
Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
To a certain level, I think understanding. That more so in my writing. I like ensembles (or at least the stories I write). To where you have a group of people coming together for a goal or to overcome a certain obstacle. I like putting people together an having to put whatever they have (in order to create drama in the story) to put there things aside for the greater good. And lastly, I think communication is a great skill to have, it takes a lot of practice. But it will usually get you a lot further in your craft.
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- Other: JamalThomasart@Teepublic