Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Why I Need B School with Marie Forleo CHANGING MY LIFE

Hey everyone, so I made a video see above.. in all my glorious after yoga before Beachbody or gym or whatever I do later-which could be simply walking with Wrigley glory. Meaning in Hollywood terms, not a stitch of make up!

So what is B School and what on earth am I thinking spending the money when I have $8 dollars---yes EIGHT dollars, I have 8 dollars in my bank right now and about 3 bucks in quarters for laundry. LOL.. I laugh, the life of an artiste!! I am living like Jack Dawson, from Titanic---it's sooo much fun.. but you know I would like to have some stability in my life.

 I am not looking to get rich here, rich wouldn't be awful...but you know, I just want to take my life to the next level and I am planning on doing just that.

Seriously, I need to stop saying the following things:
1) I can't afford to.....(whatever) I am sooo sick of hearing me say that I can't go to this conference or take this class or tak a weekend off because I don't have the money. ARRRGH it's annoying.
2) I am broke.....I keep saying it, so it is my truth.. I need to change that.
3) I am looking for work.....I am always looking for the next job because in what I do the jobs are short and sweet and then I am back on the street looking for more...


I started my art career in animation and I LOVE animation and since traditional went away in the early 2000s, so did the need for what I did-clean up, or assistant animation. I did some story jobs and some character design jobs over the last 12 years.. and I have been lucky enough to get clean up jobs from smaller studios. but that is going away.

In 2006 I did my first children's book (I have done 17 now) and I love it, I love what I do, but I am always looking for that new job. This past fall I started doing custom children's books-of clients kids---OMG what a brilliant idea? Right? It's great, people love them, but I am not surviving. I also started selling custom doggie illustrations, same thing-brilliant idea and I am doing okay, I get a few commissions, but not nearly enough. I also have my own characters that I have licensed-doggies so hopefully that will soon bring in money. And I have two little girl characters that I am drawing and want to do more with. Right now I have a children's book I am working on and some prints that I am selling, but I need to do more. I need to take all these things and make it a sustainable business.


This year I am taking chances which means, I have signed up on the children's illustrators site, I am active in the SCBWI, SILA and children's book academy. I am taking Make Art That Sell with Lilla Rogers Studio

I am doing everything I can to take my business to the next level. This is where B school comes in.


Marie Forleo has this amazing online class that with hard work I am sure that I can achieve my goals. I learned about B School from Molly Hann,  Buddha Doodles who I consider a friend, a mentor and one of THEE BEST PEOPLE I have the honor of knowing. I watched Molly via FB change her life. Just last year she was like me, working insane deadlines and loving what she did but looking for a change, then she took B School and her life changed.

I know this will be hard, but I am excited to do it.

I am fundraising, but this post is more about sharing my story. If you want to help me raise money, that would be great. My paypal is just to my email stephanie@stepholivieri.com
and or here is my fundly page https://fundly.com/send-me-to-b-school#guide-start


  1. Your amazing!!!! You're gonna get it girl...way to take inspired action. Love seeing you express your truth.

  2. Thank you so much girl-you inspire me to be so brave!!