About 05Dawn
Joined August 2016
Hey, all! I'm an illustrator, writer and character designer.

Business is not my forte, but rather than deeming it the lesser evil that I always choose my pen over, I want it to become my White Whale of sorts. My hope, related to Wealthy Affiliate, is that I'll be savvier about online business not just for the sake of financial stability, but that I'll learn a thing or two about outreach and network with fellow creative-types like myself. I look forward to learning more!

Hobbit I may not be, my journey has nevertheless been nothing but unexpected:

I’ve a B. A. in Digital Media Arts (Multimedia Focus), and an unplanned minor in Theology. Somehow I managed to enroll not only in my main school, Duquesne University, but also the University of Pittsburgh for a credit towards learning advanced Japanese-Language. Boring resume stats, I know. But there’s a reason I chose these. Not many peers I attended college with had a positive experience. I didn’t realize until years later that many young adults and kids don’t learn that just because there’s a distinction between “work” and “hobby” doesn’t mean they can’t be related. Hobbies are not time-fillers to me. I act because I want to. I attended college with that in mind and I now strive to build a career from the same mindset.

Some of you may have wrestled with the same question: How can I gain income from a business model not made for me? Working started to feel like “I’ve already done it all” even if I didn’t do much of anything. Anymore jobs feel like replicas of nothing but “what used to work” and chain businesses feel change is too much of a risk. People don’t get paid their worth or lifestyle demand. Benefits are almost non-existent in some places. Policies talk about progress and are updated, but the work itself is outdated.

So I got stuck in the middle.

I’m over qualified with all these new skills. Jobs either can’t yet handle what I do and/or want my skills in the quickest way, without paying me the value of said skills and the time I spent to gain them.

Checkpoints in my journey included working as: a Japanese-language tutor, a graphic designer for a non-profit organization [DURING COLLEGE], an Independent Business Owner (I’ll get back to that) and a retail cashier for 3 years. Total work experience: 7 years roughly. All were significant experiences that shaped me and I’ve no regrets about meeting all the people who helped me “grow up” essentially. But NONE of those jobs fit me.

I understand that there will be work that’s not so much enjoyable, but has necessary steps to get to my “fun” goal. Am I too greedy to want not only the freedom to choose my hill to climb but a love for climbing as well? Is my path to doing work I enjoy, based on MY interests, not a “real job” unless enjoyment’s out of the equation? Why must I choose pleasure or work? Why can’t pleasure BE the work? I’m willing to roll up my sleeves for the sake of something I’m truly invested in.

I mentioned independent business earlier. In my search for financial independence I had the pleasure of working for a company called Amway. Most criticisms I’ve seen at the time stemmed from OLD perceptions of what the company used to be. It changes with the times. A recruiter who asked about my interest in entrepreneurship wondered if I’d be interested. Why not? I tried it. I got inspired, met some influential people and was basically coached by those who did both their day jobs and independent business. The atmosphere was one of the most inclusive work environments and at the time the most encouraging community I’ve ever been introduced to.

I wanted to love it, but…SALES again.

My career to pursue is character design and storytelling. Eventually I will get into storyboarding. Mangas, comics, books and films are, in unison, my jam. I not only indulge in all the above in my spare time but I seek to play a hand in the creation of them in some way shape or form. But with online content and an audience, I need to know the business of sharing my work and making my own impact in the world.

So without further ado…let’s see what happens!

~ Dawn
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My Social for anyone interested (^^)...

G+: https://plus.google.com/u/1/+DawnLawsonPen

G+ 2 (co-author): https://plus.google.com/u/0/108148660250580004391

TW: twitter.com/pennydoth

IG: instagram.com/pennydoth

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pennyDoth/

FB1: https://www.facebook.com/NovelCharacterDesign/

FB2: https://www.facebook.com/pendothpersist/
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I'd be ecstatic earning money even in the triple digits right now, but at the moment I'd be happy with earning double figures. A good cushion to start from, to prove to myself that I can successfully tackle the dynamic thing that is online business.
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05Dawn Premium
I'd be ecstatic earning money even in the triple digits right now, but at the moment I'd be happy with earning double figures. A good cushion to start from, to prove to myself that I can successfully tackle the dynamic thing that is online business.
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Kyle Premium
Awesome goals Dawn, I look forward to seeing you achieve these. Take action and make things happen!

I am here to help if you ever need anything along the way, you have a community behind your efforts here at WA! :)
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BrokFTJFH Premium
Awesome Goals! You're in the right place to make these goals a reality! If you have any questions let me know!

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Ali-M Premium
Dear Dawn, I've recently followed you on Google +.
My site is about technology and I would be happy to have you in my network too, so feel free to follow me back if you like : )

Here is mine:
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Feel free to contact me if I can help you with anything, anytime : )

Best,
Ali
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05Dawn Premium
Followed! (^o^)/ Nice to meet you! Thank you for the warm welcome. Please contact me as well, if I can help with anything.
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Hi Dawn !

Congratulations on going premium! I'm sure you are as excited as me to be part of this amazing community ! I see you've already made much progress on here, well done and keep up the good work! =)

I wish you all the best of joy and success in all your endeavors

Have a wonderful day

Cheers =)
Sarah
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05Dawn Premium
Thank you so much for the warm welcome! Your make-up designs look amazing, by the way! I just finished reading your profile and your journey sounds like it's been such a fun one so far. I hope to move forward and enjoy my path as much as you are for yours.

Dawn (^o^)/
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BelieveItYes Premium
aaaw thank you... it means a lot to me, makeup has always been a dear passion and I have finally decided to live my dream =)

thank you also for taking the time to read my profile. My life has not always been fun lol but I try to always see the bright side of things

Have fun and see you around! =)
Sarah
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05Dawn Premium
You're welcome! I hope you continue to have fun as well. ^^
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I will ! xD
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BrokFTJFH Premium
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Thank you for all the helpful support! I'll be sure to check out this info in detail.
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Awesome!
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I hope things are going well. I know you are getting rolling within the training and there is ONE thing that always tends to confuse people and that is "what is my niche?".

I know, same thing happened to me when I started.

I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I am here if you ever want to run any niche "ideas" by me or you have any questions about finding your niche.

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05Dawn Premium
Thank you! I did post a question, but no one responded yet: My niche is going to be something to do with digital art, but I initially I thought that'd be too broad a category. So I'm going with Character Design (for graphic novels). Is this too broad a niche still or should I simplify it to just "character design"?
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Kyle Premium
I would recommend that you narrow it down a bit, what aspect of "digital art" do you want to help people out with? Character design could definitely be a direction you head.

When deciding on a niche and trying to narrow down to a more specific niche, I recommend you ask yourself the following question:

I want to help people that ______________.

Fill in the blank and you are going to be much closer to a specific audience. After you do this and if you want to run any further ideas by me, let me know and I will give you a hand. :)
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05Dawn Premium
Thank you! The "fill in the blank" approach is often the best kind. I'll go that route, for sure
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Yeah, that is how I like to learn and I think it really simplifies the process. :)
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Thank you so much! Stumbling upon your website was an accident of the best kind. I plan to go through this material as thoroughly as possible.
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Good to hear Dawn If you have any issues or questions please let me know!
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