Help Maksim Create Again
My name is Maksim and I am an artist. Three years ago, during what was probably the worst week of my life, my MacBook (aka my lifesource) broke in an accident.
After suffering a truamatic experience, I was diagnosed with PTSD and put on a medication that kept me bedridden for a year (and without my creative outlet, not to mention income source). As a result I lost my job, had to quit university, and leave my home.
I had disability payments from the government, that offered about $300 for rent and $400 for food, health products, clothing, etc. Basically an amount that couldn't even cover my rent in total - let alone my medical/therapy expenses, utilities, food...
A year later my student debt coupled with my credit debt from being unable to afford to live, yet forced to do so - put me $35,000 in a hole that I have never seen a way to climb out of.
WHERE I'M AT
Fast forward to today, I work full-time in an office position where I do creative work as an additional role, but am paid less than a living wage to do work that, on average, is paid double my salary.
I asked to be fairly compensated, citing payscale and my previous experience/pay - but management refused to even pay a cent more.
Battling with my mental health and financial stress, I have tried my best to seek other employment, but I work so much with such long hours that I come home too exhausted to even eat (even if I hadn't all day). Nonetheless I "pounded the pavement" while simultaneously working full-time and packing/organizing yet another move to a more affordable home.
It's degrading. It's dehumanizing - spending all my time to help design and market this company that won't even pay me enough to afford food.
I've been drowning. I've been doing all I can to keep afloat despite the voice in my head that asks why I'm still alive after what happened - yet I'm drowning.
So it was as my boss told me that she was going on a 2+ week vacation, and that I needed to run the office in her absence (but not to worry because she bought a vacation home in the Bahamas that I can go stay at for free if I take a vacation someday... You know, the one I'll never afford) - that I decided it was time to do things my way.
WHAT I'M DOING
A few may know of my brief success some 6-7 years ago when I drew a 5 page webcomic manga that built me a 400+ fanbase. They may agree with me when I say, I am meant to do this.
I have spent the past little while developing a new webcomic manga series. I have characters, plot points, storyboards, and big dreams... But still no way to buy the tools I need to create it.
If I can achieve this campaigns goal, you will be helping to provide me the opportunity to finally climb out of that hole. You will be helping me have the outlet I need for not only my income, but bettering my mental health.
WHAT I NEED
The items required for this project and many others to come are:
- MacBook Pro 15" ($3,199)
- MagicMouse 2 ($99)
- USB-CDigital AV Multiport Adapter ($89)
- WacomIntuos Draw Graphics Tablet or better ($79+)
- ClipStudio Paint Ex ($150)
Anything you can donate towards this or any way you can share this with others who can, I will appreciate beyond words. You will make a real difference. You will change my life.