The/Studio: Tell our readers a little about who you are
Nathan Janes: My name is Nathan Janes and I live near the shores of Lake Erie. I’m a native of Port Clinton, Ohio. I am an artist, a writer, and will soon be working for “The Spectacled Eider”, once I bring him to life.
I’m currently in the process of securing funds in order to self-publish a book and bring its author and illustrator to life. I am using the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.com to raise monies to complete the book and ready it for publication. Through others support, I will be allowed to maintain my vision and present my book to the public without the interference of outside interests.
My work is my life, my passion, and my dream. What I have created and am presenting to the public is the result of my dedication, persistence, and perseverance towards designing and developing a book like no other. My book is genuine and speaks to one’s conscience.
The possibility of working for a company, imparting my hard work and craft to support increasing profits of a corporation sounds realistic. However, I choose to use my skill as a means to speak exclusively to you.
The/Studio: What is your book about?
Nathan Janes: The book, Kingfisher and Wren, will be a collection of 50+ illustrated verses. This project involves bringing to life The Spectacled Eider, who serves as the author of the book. The Spectacled Eider figure appears in the form of an animatronic puppet. He will travel with his trusty, life-sized polar bear companion, a costumed character mascot.
The Spectacled Eider will ride inside a backpack on the polar bear’s back. The animation and interaction between the child and the “author” will be something they have never seen before. All eyes will be drawn toward the polar bear ambling along with a talking duck and engaging in conversations with children.
The Spectacled Eider will encourage the children to ask questions, while teaching them to think by advocating philosophical inquiry and promoting logical reasoning. The Spectacled Eider will offer lessons on virtues, values, and morals—involving youngsters in thoughtful contemplation and problem solving.
The/Studio: What an intriguing book! What have you learned since starting your business?
Nathan Janes: I’ve learned to be courageous and take risks. You need to work hard, be tenacious, and most importantly have a passion for what you are working towards. If you don’t love what you are doing, you are wasting your time.
I have found that during the most challenging of times, it’s important to push oneself outside the comfort zone. How you respond to adversity is imperative. Your response determines your integrity. Perseverance builds character.
First and foremost you need to believe in yourself, pursue your passion in life, be courageous in the face of hardship, work honestly and ethically, be patient and never give up. By doing so, you will make the impossible possible.
The/Studio: “Your response determines your integrity”-this is very true! I love this! What about your business are you most proud of?
Nathan Janes: I am most proud of the ability to be personally creative. I pride myself on making a positive difference in the world and encouraging children, as well as adults, to think outside the box and for themselves.
The/Studio: What are some of the greatest challenges you face with your business?
Nathan Janes: It is incredibly difficult for independent artists to compete against global corporations with teams focused on marketing, illustration, public relations, distribution, and brand loyalty. Publishing houses have the ability to invest large sums of money to advertise and hype sales through promotions at national chain stores. Not surprisingly, publishers have been known to buy their way onto best-seller lists using perception management to mask value and increase demand.
A solitary author is hard pressed to be able to print, promote, and distribute his or her own work. However, it can be done. Artists often have to rely on external sources supplied by publishers, investment firms, or loans. While these arrangements fulfill an important role in the process, they can be detrimental in terms of artistic control, alteration of the original work, or even cancellation of the publication altogether.
It is essential that the Spectacled Eider and his sidekick Bear-Bear have a presence in the community, including attendance at public events. The two will visually engage children’s interest based on the unique nature of the event. The puppet and mascot will draw the children’s attention. Curiosity will compel the children to look into what is going on, as they convince their parents to take them over to the characters.
The Spectacled Eider and Bear-Bear know children are a promise for the future, so they perform as cultivators of knowledge by planting seeds for seeking wisdom. The characters will guard the innocent and trusting nature of children, all while providing a better understanding of the world around them.
The/Studio: Where do you see your business in 10 years?
Nathan Janes: In ten years I hope to expand my fictional series into a children’s adventure series, juvenile fiction, graphic novels, and more.
The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave?
Nathan Janes: My goal is not to grow as big and wealthy as I can as a business, but instead to simply support myself and do what I love to do while encouraging a better life for children as they grow. While I may have wild ambitions to change the world for the better, I realize I may only be able to scratch the surface. However, I just may have an impact on those young brains who will one day change the future.
The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom products that you produced with The/Studio?
Nathan Janes: The custom products I created with The/Studio are offered as rewards for funding my project at KingfisherAndWren.com.
The/Studio: How are you going to use this custom product?
Nathan Janes: The Consciousness Coin will be offered to those who pledge $30 or more. This coin will serve a purpose for fans in the future. My embroidery patch featuring the author “The Spectacled Eider” will be part of the Fan Club packet which is offered to those that make a pledge of $60.
The/Studio: Do you have any promotions you would like to offer our community?
Nathan Janes: There are different rewards for backing my project at KingfisherAndWren.com. I’ve created a stretch goal, where if $100,000.00 is raised for my project, supporters will receive an incredible offer. In return for generous support through pre-ordering and encouraging friends and family to do the same, supporters will receive all of the rewards available.
The/Studio: Do you have any upcoming events that our community members can attend?
Nathan Janes: My current online event for funding my project will serve as a means to secure public events in the future. In order to accomplish my goal, I am calling on enthusiastic and forward-thinking Kickstarter backers to help bring the Spectacled Eider to life, along with his companion Bear-Bear. The question is, are you willing to take a leap of faith in an artist with an unusual idea that will capture the attention of children in a way that will alter play and learning for the better?
The/Studio: If you are a charity is there anything our community member can do to help?
Nathan Janes: If you are unable to contribute to my project, I simply ask for your charity of sharing my project to your friends on social media or by whatever means serves you best. Please share my project at KingfisherAndWren.com with everyone you know. Thank you!
Thank you Nathan Janes for literally sharing your story with us!