Kickstarting a dream: Crowdfunding site helps daytime janitor start illustration business
Graphic Design

Kickstarting a dream: Crowdfunding site helps daytime janitor start illustration business

Brianai Mercedes Weidner, 25, holds one of her art works in her hands while posing for a portrait photograph at her family home in Elkton, Md., on Jan. 5. Weidner is a custodian by night and freelance artist by day. Crowdfunding has helped thousands of small-time entrepreneurs like Weidner get started. (ASTRID RIECKEN / For the Washington Post) The bottom of a public toilet is an unlikely place to find inspiration. But that is where Briana Mercedes Weidner finds it, week after week, as she cleans 21 toilets and four urinals at the Cecil County Health Department in Elkton, Md. The 25-year-old puts in her earbuds, pulls on stretchy, blue gloves and sprays toilet seats with Lysol. It’s mindless work, she says, and so she lets her mind wander: to her next sketch, her next business venture and the Kickstarter campaign that’s given her a taste of small-time entrepreneurship. In many ways, working as a janitor is the easier of her two pursuits. The other, starting her own illustration business, seems fraught with uncertainty. “It’s about not putting all your eggs in one basket,” she said, about pulling in $12 an hour in a small but steady janitorial paycheck […]

Tags

OrangeniusInc Tweets