The time has come to hang up my Sharpies for a spell and put cat drawing to an end (for a bit?). On January 17th I’ll be taking my last orders for custom cat drawings. For now.
Why January 17th? I came up with the date about a month ago. I took to Twitter and asked for a random number between 1 and 31. The first response was 17. Retirement… crowdsourced! Whoopy!
This was originally going to be a permanent retirement. But as the 17th has approached, my feelings on the whole thing have softened a bit. So let’s not call this a retirement. Let’s call it a temporary hiatus.
As glamorous and profitable as it may look on TV, Facebook, and Twitter, being a Cat Drawing Guy is a lot of hard work. After hustling and burning the midnight oil on this for a few years now, I’m ready to be a little selfish with my free time. I’ve maintained a full time job through all of this, and my third kid was born just a couple of months after my original Shark Tank airing. When things are humming, there’s no way to serve all of my responsibilities without going a little crazy.
This isn’t a complaint, and this isn’t quitting. I’ve loved the challenges, opportunities, and friendships that have grown out of this silly social experiment. But it was never my goal to become the Cat Drawing Guy full time. I’m a serial creative. I like to make things. Lots of things. In addition to some extra family time, I hope to spend more time on a slew of other creative projects. This will be a very busy year for a project that’s very close to me, a TV homage to cable access shows of the 1980′s, Steve Gadlin’s Star Makers.
I’m not sure when I’ll pick up my markers again. I’m sure I’ll wake up one morning itching to draw cats again, and I’ll quietly start taking orders again. If that’s something you’re interested in, I encourage you to follow me on Facebook or Twitter, where I’m likely to make such an announcement.
When I started I Want To Draw a Cat For You! I never dreamed it would explode the way it did. I have always taken pride in how it grew from a small social experiment into a legitimate business with a bona fide billionaire investor. There are a lot of new pressures that come along with that success that I wasn’t prepared for. I take absolutely no shame in admitting that.
I’m re-energizing myself by returning to the root of it all – my passion for creating art and experiences that delight and confuse. Hopefully you’ll join me. And if not, you’ve got until the 17th to get your cat orders in.