If it weren't for the generosity of creative professionals before me, who took the time to share their experience with me, I would not be working as a commercial artist myself. I am committed to sharing my own experience and expertise with others, because sharing knowledge and encouraging others is a good thing to do. That being said, I have, unfortunately, given my time to people who turn out to be wholly ungrateful, or at least it would seem that way based on their complete lack of expressed acknowledgement of the favour. I don't need to be thanked, but do worry for people who ask for help and receive it without expressing at least some gratitude. Have I cast my pearls to swine, as the saying goes? I do not have hope for the future of the ungrateful in this industry, since those who take without giving back, without gratitude, will find that the well of opportunity and grace will soon dry up. The creative industry is a community — the more you participate and give into it, the more it will give back to you. Your creative career depends on your willingness to share and your capacity for gratitude.
I do not need your thanks to feel good about myself. Rather, you need to be grateful for your own sake, because that says a lot about your character and your ability to contribute to an industry that is highly collaborative and a business that is very unyielding to selfishness.
So you're not that kind of person. Great. I'd be happy to help you. I can and will help you, but please agree to make the following pledge. It's really quite simple, promise!
If you think you can take the Tom Froese pledge, then yes, please ask to pick my brain. Let's chat on the phone or over coffee sometime. And maybe one day, you will have the blessing of being asked for help yourself.