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Meet The Staff: Bill Beachy

For those of you that ask: “How did Go Media get started?” Well, here is the story. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll think I’m crazy! You’ll also see some cool artwork and learn a little too I hope.
William A. Beachy

I spent my entire childhood drawing. I had a huge box of crayons. Actually it was an entire drawer from a small dresser. I would pull it out, set it on the ground next to my paper, lay down and draw for hours. I did this just about every day. For some reason I had it in my mind that all children all around the world were doing the exact same thing. What else was there? I didn’t realize that I had artistic parents that went out of their way to encourage my involvement in art. I guess it was just good genes that made me actually ENJOY drawing.

While I was still extremely young, my mom enrolled me in art classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She told me that I cried and clung to her leg the first day that she dropped me off at class. Later that day when she picked me up I also cried, except this time I had to be dragged from the classroom. I guess I just loved art and drawing.

By the time I was in middle school I was well known as the “kid that could draw.” This only reinforces your skills because everyone would ask me to draw them something. And of course, any time I was bored in class I would be doodling something. It’s also middle school years when I became obsessed with comic books and comic book illustration. To this day I regard professional comic book illustrators to be the most talented and prolific artists in the world. When you look back at Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel it looks like a giant comic book!
Sketches by bill beachy
I always had a sketch book with me. I would fill pages and pages with rough sketches of human anatomy like this one.

I also had an early passion for business and making money. There was a game on the Apple II (yes, I’m THAT old) called Lemonade Stand. The only purpose of this game was to maximize profits by adjusting the price of your lemonade based on the weather conditions. I loved this game. I had no business education, but I started several businesses even at this early stage of my life. I started a little landscaping business. Basically I was just mowing my neighbor’s lawns, but they were regular accounts and I would be paid $7 per mow – which I would do once a week even if they didn’t need it. Silly now that I think back on it. I also would buy candy in bulk and sell it at a profit to my friends. Unfortunately I usually ate my profits.

As soon as I turned 16 I got a job and stayed employed non-stop all the way through college. I was frequently put into management positions. I think this helped me further develop my business skills. One final significant business I started before opening my first design studio was Beachy Blacktop. One summer during college I was desperately trying to find a day job so I would have my evenings free to spend with my girlfriend. Unfortunately I could only find nighttime service industry jobs. The solution; make my own job! I designed a little flyer that offered my service: seal coating asphalt driveways. This is a tedious and messy job that most homeowners do not want to deal with. I went around my neighborhood passing out fliers. Within one day I had booked 3 jobs! Within 3 weeks I was earning $200 – $600 a day! It was awesome. Sure, I was covered in red welts from the toxic tar that I had to spread. I also itched constantly, but I was really making more money than I ever had in my life. That was my first taste of business success.

I attended the Ohio State University from 1992 – 1997. I majored in Industrial Design. I already had a good handle on drawing and their design program gave me the computer skills I was seriously lacking. I thought it was a fantastic program and I feel very lucky to have fallen into that school. At the time I enrolled in college I only chose Ohio State because that was the big school in my state and that’s where my friends were going. I didn’t realize that their design program was ranked second in the nation. They only accepted 60 students per year! I can still remember how nervous I felt waiting to find out if I was accepted. While the program was fairly technical, I would work comic book style art into every project. And of course, my senior thesis project was… you guessed it – a comic book! I want to note that those first two years on the computer, learning the software, were miserable. Learning new software is not fun. But these days it’s critical to success, so don’t give up!

When I graduated college I had only one goal: become a comic book illustrator. I didn’t look for a regular 9-5 job. Instead I moved back in with my dad to save money. I only took a part-time job waiting tables at night and spent my days drawing. I would create characters, write story lines, illustrate 5-10 pages of my story and then use my design skills to put together a beautiful presentation. I would mail these elaborate packages to every major comic book company and a few small ones too.
The Machine
Here is a character I made called The Machine. He wore a bio-mechanical suit of living-armour that was powered by his body’s own electrical signals. I illustrated 7 pages of a storyline, had a complete back-story, designed him a logo, etc.

Spider-man fighting batman
This is one of a series of pages I drew that had Spider-Man and Batman fighting. Sometimes the companies want to see you illustrate their characters and these were my two favorites.

For a year and a half I was showered with praise but never offered a job. The industry was in a bit of a down turn. And perhaps I was not as good an illustrator as I needed to be. Whatever the case, I was frustrated. I was still in debt from school, living with my dad and couldn’t land my dream job. The obvious answer is to go get a real design job – right? Wrong. The obvious answer to me was: start your own comic book company! Publish your own comic books.

I knew the key to success in the comic book industry was Diamond Distributors. They’re the company that actually advertises and sells all the comics in the entire industry to all the individual comic book stores all over the world. If I could get Diamond Distributors to carry my book in their catalog – I would be golden! I proceeded to write and illustrate Dreams: Chronicles of the Undead. It was a comic about the metaphysical effects of a near death experience, that and one bad-ass hit-man.
Chronicles of the undead

I completed the first issues and fronted $5,000 to print 2,000 copies. This was a fairly huge deal at the time because I was still in debt from college. Once again I put together an elaborate presentation and sent it off with my book to Diamond Distributors… It was rejected. I thought perhaps they got lots of up-start material and needed me to prove my “staying power.” I finished issue two, put together another presentation and sent it off again. Rejected. I finished issue 3, sent it in… rejected. There was only one thing to do: I hit the road to sell my comics directly to the consumer. I attending every comic book convention I could. I would pay for a booth, set up an elaborate display, bring artwork and sell my comics. After 6 months of effort I had sold less than 100 comic books ($300) and had probably spent more than $800 in the process. At just about this time my girlfriend decided to leave me. This was the final straw. I was absolutely depressed. I was deeply in debt. I was still living with my dad, jobless, girlfriendless and all my dreams of becoming a world famous comic book artist were dashed. I had to make a change.

I started looking for my first “real” design job and quickly found one with a novelty toy distribution company; not a bad gig really. I moved out of my dad’s place and started paying off my debts. But I also knew that working for “the man” was not my thing. I still needed to have fun drawing and creating amazing artwork. I had heard of a local Cleveland artist that had gained national recognition by drawing flyers for a rock bar. His name is Derek Hess and he’s truly a great artist. You can see his work here: www.derekhess.com. I am a particularly big fan of his early poster art. I thought this was a fairly smart way to get recognition. Concert posters are printed, distributed and posted all over the city. And drawing stuff for rock bands would give me a LOT of flexibility on what I could draw. I could basically draw whatever I wanted and have someone else do the work of distributing them all over town! What a concept. I went to one of Cleveland’s top rock bars: The Grog Shop. I met with the owner and struck a deal: I would draw amazing flyers for free. In return she would let me tag each flier with a small advertisement. Also, if any one asked, she would tell them that she was paying me $100/flier. That was it. I would work my 9-5 job during the day, then came home and would draw till 2am, go to bed then do it all over again. I was doing about 2 flyers a week. I probably spent 10-20 hours on each flyer.
twistoffs beachy flier
A flyer I did for the Twist-Offs. Twist, twister, makes sense right?

pretty things beachy flier
A flier of The Pretty Things

beachy hi-fi flier
A flier for Hi-Fi.

The response to my flyers was immediate. I started getting calls from people that wanted my design services. When I called the local free press to inquire about doing some cover illustrations, the art director said he was just about to call me. His designers had my fliers all over his cubical. One of my friends was a rave promoter and he asked me to start designing rave fliers for him. This was another win-win marketing situation. Rave promoters would typically distribute 5,000+ flyers. I tagged each one with my advertisement.

define the vibe Beachy flier
Define The Vibe flier. This was one of my first rave fliers. Later I started throwing my own raves when I was short of cash.

Within 6 months I was swamped with work. One year after I landed my “real” 9-5 design job I went to my boss and told him I was leaving to start a firm. I asked him to outsource all the work I had been doing in-house to my new company. He agreed. He even agreed to continue to pay for my medical insurance! This was the start of what became Go Media; me in an apartment doing rave postcards, rock flyers and novelty toy catalogs.

The next three years went something like this: I was absolutely swamped with work, logged 15 hour days 6 days a week (plus 5-8 hours on Sunday) and was completely broke. My overhead was almost nothing, but so were the rates I was charging my customers. I was really learning my business lessons during these years. I made tons of mistakes, got burned by customers, tried to hire staff too quickly, etc. It was a real struggle. When finances got super tight I would throw a party at one of my client’s clubs. I would run around in the snow for 4 weeks putting postcards on cars in Cleveland’s club district. The night of the event, I would keep all the door money and the bar would keep all the alcohol sales. Twice during the first year I had to use credit cards to pay my rent and utilities. But with each little success I would reinvest the money I made back into the business. I hired a lawyer and accountant. I learned how to use Quickbooks. I started paying taxes, incorporated, added medical insurance and hired a payroll company.

It was also during these years that I met my future partner Chris Wilson. He was the only other young guy I saw in town truly hustling. He was a worker. He first hired me to illustrate some fliers for events he was throwing at clubs in Akron. Whenever I was running around passing out flyers, I would also see him out working. When I was at the printer picking up stuff for my clients, he was also picking up stuff for his clients. I knew I really needed a partner, so I started dropping hints whenever I would see him: “Some day we’re going to join forces and build a killer design firm!”

By the end of 2002 I was finally making enough money and had sufficient jobs booked to support 2 people (living meagerly). So, I asked Chris to merge his company with mine. He accepted and started commuting 1 hour every day from Akron to work with me. We continued to work 15 hour days 6 days a week (plus a few hours on Sunday) and slowly increased our rates. We continued to make mistakes and continued to plow every extra dollar back into the company. We calculated one day that we were paying ourselves about $4/hr during the years between 2003 and 2005. The rest of the money went into new equipment, staff, advertising and professional help. Our typical work day was 10am till 1am. We spent all day at our desks. We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner sitting at our computers. We bartered design services for food. We made one great deal with a frozen meat distribution company that kept us eating steaks and crab legs for over a year. That was great.

By early 2006 we finally were making enough to support a real staff. We hired Oliver Barrett and Jeff Finley. They were the first two staff members to survive the ebb and flow of cash. It was a big accomplishment at that time to support a staff member for more than one year. They both still work for us – along with 8 more amazing staff members. This new group of guys we brought in really had a passion for illustration and rock-band art. They pushed the envelope and helped us land some amazing new clients.

2007 saw unprecedented growth for Go Media. It was literally an AMAZING year. All my wildest business goals were surpassed. The year was capped off with us purchasing a building for our company (we’re still working out of my cramped house.) But all this growth has really taken a toll on my art. When you’re managing a company of 12 people, it leaves little time to draw. For 2008 my goal is to spend more time drawing and creating amazing art. I’m looking forward to another awesome year.

Thanks to all our clients, staff and all my family and friends who helped me along the way. I truly appreciate how much you’ve helped me and how lucky I am.

-Bill

About the Author, William Beachy

I grew up in Cleveland Hts. Ohio and was drawing constantly. As a child I took art classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art and eventually became known as the "class artist." I graduated from The Ohio State University's department of Industrial Design. I have always tried to blend my passion for illustration with Graphic Design. Go Media was the culmination of my interests for both business and art. I'm trying to build a company that is equally considerate of our designers AND our clients.
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  • Don G.

    Great story, Bill! I always find personal and honest posts to be the most interesting.

    Best wishes for 2008 for you and all of go Media – you deserve it :-)

  • Don G.

    Great story, Bill! I always find personal and honest posts to be the most interesting.

    Best wishes for 2008 for you and all of go Media – you deserve it :-)

  • Mike

    I can’t believe i read all that! Nice to read a good startup story, keep up the good work.

  • Mike

    I can’t believe i read all that! Nice to read a good startup story, keep up the good work.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Thanks for taking the time to read guys… Yeah – it’s a little long. But I left SOOOO MUCH OUT!

    I didn’t want people to think I left college and opened my doors and was an over-night success. It’s been 9+ years of blood sweat and tears… But if I had to do it all over again… Well.. I may have put in another year of trying to land a comic book gig before I shifted into design.

    But don’t worry – it’s all part of a master plan that will end with me owning Marvel Comics!!!

    Muah ha ha ha!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Thanks for taking the time to read guys… Yeah – it’s a little long. But I left SOOOO MUCH OUT!

    I didn’t want people to think I left college and opened my doors and was an over-night success. It’s been 9+ years of blood sweat and tears… But if I had to do it all over again… Well.. I may have put in another year of trying to land a comic book gig before I shifted into design.

    But don’t worry – it’s all part of a master plan that will end with me owning Marvel Comics!!!

    Muah ha ha ha!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    Good post Bill, I read the whole thing and I know your story by heart by now!

    Also, for you readers, Bill and Chris worked 16 hours days 6-days a week because it was fueled by PASSION! That’s the only way you can do it!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    Good post Bill, I read the whole thing and I know your story by heart by now!

    Also, for you readers, Bill and Chris worked 16 hours days 6-days a week because it was fueled by PASSION! That’s the only way you can do it!

  • http://www.avangelistdesign.com The Avangelist

    That is quite possibly one of THE best biographies I have ever read.

    I am worried that I am getting a bit of a GoMedia hardon. I seem to check the blog more than once a day.

    ooo errr

  • http://www.avangelistdesign.com The Avangelist

    That is quite possibly one of THE best biographies I have ever read.

    I am worried that I am getting a bit of a GoMedia hardon. I seem to check the blog more than once a day.

    ooo errr

  • Matt

    Great story. Moral of the story is believe in something you do, work had and success will always follow.

  • Matt

    Great story. Moral of the story is believe in something you do, work had and success will always follow.

  • http://designlawrence.com Renze

    This is a great story and a good inspiration for designers and everybody in general. I can’t believe that I read the whole thing its always nice to know how a company started. Plus I always enjoy all the stuff you guys write about and the tutorials you share with fellow designers. You guys are really awesome.

  • http://designlawrence.com Renze

    This is a great story and a good inspiration for designers and everybody in general. I can’t believe that I read the whole thing its always nice to know how a company started. Plus I always enjoy all the stuff you guys write about and the tutorials you share with fellow designers. You guys are really awesome.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Yeah, our typical day was something like this… We would roll out of bed at around 10am. Brew a big pot of coffee and be at our desks by 10:30. At this point we were both living and working out of the same house – so there was no commute. We then worked till about 1am every day. Sunday was our one “relaxed” day. We would still work, but it was a more leisurely pace. It’s a wonder we didn’t kill each other considering all the time we were spending together – but we knew we were both working hard for the same goal.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Yeah, our typical day was something like this… We would roll out of bed at around 10am. Brew a big pot of coffee and be at our desks by 10:30. At this point we were both living and working out of the same house – so there was no commute. We then worked till about 1am every day. Sunday was our one “relaxed” day. We would still work, but it was a more leisurely pace. It’s a wonder we didn’t kill each other considering all the time we were spending together – but we knew we were both working hard for the same goal.

  • http://www.franciscogalarraga.com Francisco Galárraga

    Great story… right now I’m in the beginning of my career, (like when you just graduated, with debts to pay & all). Your’re musings just gave some tips on how to find and establish my design business here in Ecuador! Keep on rocking go media…

  • http://www.franciscogalarraga.com Francisco Galárraga

    Great story… right now I’m in the beginning of my career, (like when you just graduated, with debts to pay & all). Your’re musings just gave some tips on how to find and establish my design business here in Ecuador! Keep on rocking go media…

  • cemiotika

    Men!, that’s was amazing!, i love, and i still love GOMEDIA for years!.

    Cheerz!,

  • cemiotika

    Men!, that’s was amazing!, i love, and i still love GOMEDIA for years!.

    Cheerz!,

  • Chad

    Wow, great story! Keep pushing out the unbelievable design. Go Media is so inspiring.

  • Chad

    Wow, great story! Keep pushing out the unbelievable design. Go Media is so inspiring.

  • http://fcdesigns.com Flav

    Great story. Glad it all worked out at the end. Must be fun to see your own building after all that… I read your blog here on the West Coast and love the info you guys give out.

  • http://fcdesigns.com Flav

    Great story. Glad it all worked out at the end. Must be fun to see your own building after all that… I read your blog here on the West Coast and love the info you guys give out.

  • Brian M

    Passion, Dedication, and the Drive to never give up on your goals. I truly relate to your article and loved it. I am in a similar situation, and I will work hard, and continue to pursue my dream. I love your company and admire the work you guys produce. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Brian M

    Passion, Dedication, and the Drive to never give up on your goals. I truly relate to your article and loved it. I am in a similar situation, and I will work hard, and continue to pursue my dream. I love your company and admire the work you guys produce. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • MattLikeALion

    Bill, do you have a site that showcases your personal work/illustration? I tried the graphicodysseys.com url from your old work hoping there would be a curated Bill Beachy art gallery. If Jeff and the other designers have them also, I think I and the other avid GoMedia readers would love it.

  • MattLikeALion

    Bill, do you have a site that showcases your personal work/illustration? I tried the graphicodysseys.com url from your old work hoping there would be a curated Bill Beachy art gallery. If Jeff and the other designers have them also, I think I and the other avid GoMedia readers would love it.

  • Chad

    I second that!

  • Chad

    I second that!

  • Brett Nimphius

    thats an amazing story man, congrats on the sucess, to me though its not work if you love what your doing. I worked in pharma design, no creativity there but as long as I wasn’t using excel and behind a desk crunching numbers i still kinda had a smile on my face. however lack of sleep and poor eating habits will drive anyone into a frenzy.

    even though you don’t need it…
    Best of luck in 08′

  • Brett Nimphius

    thats an amazing story man, congrats on the sucess, to me though its not work if you love what your doing. I worked in pharma design, no creativity there but as long as I wasn’t using excel and behind a desk crunching numbers i still kinda had a smile on my face. however lack of sleep and poor eating habits will drive anyone into a frenzy.

    even though you don’t need it…
    Best of luck in 08′

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    I don’t have a personal portfolio up right now… I’ve been too busy building Go Media!! Some day in the not too distant future I will have to launch a new one. Until then… I’ll try to get some new art up on our website..

    And yes… If you love it, it’s not work… Ok, well it IS work… but it’s work that you feel good about at the end of the day. And for every miserable day that you have (which I have plenty) you have 3 great days! AND… if you fail, there is nobody to blame but yourself. That appeals to me.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    I don’t have a personal portfolio up right now… I’ve been too busy building Go Media!! Some day in the not too distant future I will have to launch a new one. Until then… I’ll try to get some new art up on our website..

    And yes… If you love it, it’s not work… Ok, well it IS work… but it’s work that you feel good about at the end of the day. And for every miserable day that you have (which I have plenty) you have 3 great days! AND… if you fail, there is nobody to blame but yourself. That appeals to me.

  • Kelly

    Ooh! Rave flyers! That WOULD be fun!

    Love your work, love what you’ve accomplished with your company. Very inspirational. Congratulations to you and your ongoing achievements!

    I can relate on so many levels with you – except the business-savvy part. I’m not a sales person. Just give me something creative to do and I’m happy. But I could relate the drawers-full of art supplies as a kid, having friends ask you to draw them stuff and on and on.

    Congrats again, and thanks so much for sharing your story!

  • Kelly

    Ooh! Rave flyers! That WOULD be fun!

    Love your work, love what you’ve accomplished with your company. Very inspirational. Congratulations to you and your ongoing achievements!

    I can relate on so many levels with you – except the business-savvy part. I’m not a sales person. Just give me something creative to do and I’m happy. But I could relate the drawers-full of art supplies as a kid, having friends ask you to draw them stuff and on and on.

    Congrats again, and thanks so much for sharing your story!

  • http://www.elarturex.com Arturex

    Awesome. Realmente disfruto mucho leyendo historias de exito como la tuya. Admiro mucho el trabajo de Gomedia y que sigan los exitos. Thanks for sharing your expertise with us.

  • http://www.elarturex.com Arturex

    Awesome. Realmente disfruto mucho leyendo historias de exito como la tuya. Admiro mucho el trabajo de Gomedia y que sigan los exitos. Thanks for sharing your expertise with us.

  • Dana

    I love rags to riches stories and yours is one of the best. You sure did go through a lot but I’m sure it all worth it now.
    Very motivational to me atleast.

  • Dana

    I love rags to riches stories and yours is one of the best. You sure did go through a lot but I’m sure it all worth it now.
    Very motivational to me atleast.

  • http://julperpub.deviantart.com Julian Perez

    That’s the kind of stories that gives people like us the strenght to keep up.

    By the way your work is pretty amazing.

  • http://julperpub.deviantart.com Julian Perez

    That’s the kind of stories that gives people like us the strenght to keep up.

    By the way your work is pretty amazing.

  • http://www.119design.com Jeff B.

    that was very inspirational. i’d like to say thank you for everything you and your staff does in teaching us new designers, not just on the design level but on the business and inspirational level too. growing up loving art myself, but no formal schooling in design, i’ve had to teach myself how to do design work over the years (so that any band i was in could look professional even tho we had no money LOL). now in a time of hardship for myself with playing in & running a band, and trying to start my own freelance work at the same time, this article made me want to work even harder.

  • http://www.119design.com Jeff B.

    that was very inspirational. i’d like to say thank you for everything you and your staff does in teaching us new designers, not just on the design level but on the business and inspirational level too. growing up loving art myself, but no formal schooling in design, i’ve had to teach myself how to do design work over the years (so that any band i was in could look professional even tho we had no money LOL). now in a time of hardship for myself with playing in & running a band, and trying to start my own freelance work at the same time, this article made me want to work even harder.

  • http://www.keithics.com keith

    great story! but what happened to your girlfriend? lol!

  • http://www.keithics.com keith

    great story! but what happened to your girlfriend? lol!

  • Crisanto

    your my idol!!!!! great story, truly inspiring. :)

  • Crisanto

    your my idol!!!!! great story, truly inspiring. :)

  • http://home.comcast.net/~micheal.russell Micheal

    This story is raw and honest and yes, I am sure parts left out. It is so worth reading that I would doubt anyone not making it to the end. Thanks for keeping it real. I had such a dream once, such a passion, such a lust to just create; I’ve misplaced it somewhere; hope I can find it again, I miss it. Success is always flanked by blood, sweat and tears wiped away by indisputeable passion. Great story! Congratulations. Well deserved.
    maximusdoom

  • http://home.comcast.net/~micheal.russell Micheal

    This story is raw and honest and yes, I am sure parts left out. It is so worth reading that I would doubt anyone not making it to the end. Thanks for keeping it real. I had such a dream once, such a passion, such a lust to just create; I’ve misplaced it somewhere; hope I can find it again, I miss it. Success is always flanked by blood, sweat and tears wiped away by indisputeable passion. Great story! Congratulations. Well deserved.
    maximusdoom

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    What happened to the girlfriend? Well, once she realized I had become a big success she returned to me, we got married and lived happily aver after! Oh wait… no, actually she met another guy, got married and I never heard from her again… almost never.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    What happened to the girlfriend? Well, once she realized I had become a big success she returned to me, we got married and lived happily aver after! Oh wait… no, actually she met another guy, got married and I never heard from her again… almost never.

  • Lisa

    I wish I could work for GoMedia. Your company is an inspiration to me to do what I love. Your story about finding work at local bars has given me the great idea to hit up some of my local places to get some jobs going.

    I hope one day I will get the confidence to submit an application…just have to get that portfolio together!

  • Lisa

    I wish I could work for GoMedia. Your company is an inspiration to me to do what I love. Your story about finding work at local bars has given me the great idea to hit up some of my local places to get some jobs going.

    I hope one day I will get the confidence to submit an application…just have to get that portfolio together!

  • http://www.myspace.com/lastchancemedia John

    that’s a really encouraging story! one thing i’ve always appreciated about you guys is your willingness to help other people in the same profession who are just starting out. so thanks so much for that, it means a lot. i live in lima, ohio so we are almost neighbors haha but it’s nice to see something sweet like gomedia come out of ohio. i love what you guys do and wish you only the best for the future!

  • http://www.myspace.com/lastchancemedia John

    that’s a really encouraging story! one thing i’ve always appreciated about you guys is your willingness to help other people in the same profession who are just starting out. so thanks so much for that, it means a lot. i live in lima, ohio so we are almost neighbors haha but it’s nice to see something sweet like gomedia come out of ohio. i love what you guys do and wish you only the best for the future!

  • Andrew

    wow I have to say that is motivational, I made it through tough times and Gomedia is like #1

  • Andrew

    wow I have to say that is motivational, I made it through tough times and Gomedia is like #1

  • http://sabasdesign.com msabas

    This is truly an amazing story. It’s always great to hear about the success stories of those who pour their hearts into their dreams and evolve to truly amazing realities.

    Congrats and I wish the best to GO MEDIA and the staff.

  • http://sabasdesign.com msabas

    This is truly an amazing story. It’s always great to hear about the success stories of those who pour their hearts into their dreams and evolve to truly amazing realities.

    Congrats and I wish the best to GO MEDIA and the staff.

  • Ricardo

    Inspiring story man! No wonder things are working out now!
    Thanks for sharing that!

  • Ricardo

    Inspiring story man! No wonder things are working out now!
    Thanks for sharing that!

  • Robert

    Very, very cool story. Having worked at a few technology startups, I really enjoy reading about how founder(s) get their vision off the ground, make it sustainable and move on to profitability. To all those folks that reference sticking with your dreams etc, don’t ever forget that lesson. I’ve recently launched a little side business doing T’s, which led me to finding this incredible website and trying to rediscover my artistic passions after many years of lets say hibernation. Very inspiring to come across a site like GoMedia see the incredible designs, and read about their history. Good stuff.

  • Robert

    Very, very cool story. Having worked at a few technology startups, I really enjoy reading about how founder(s) get their vision off the ground, make it sustainable and move on to profitability. To all those folks that reference sticking with your dreams etc, don’t ever forget that lesson. I’ve recently launched a little side business doing T’s, which led me to finding this incredible website and trying to rediscover my artistic passions after many years of lets say hibernation. Very inspiring to come across a site like GoMedia see the incredible designs, and read about their history. Good stuff.

  • Rob

    Great Story!!!
    You should still try to get your comic book published.
    Are you familiar with Frank Cho, the amazing comic book artist.
    He was rejected by all the major comic book publishers and decided to self publish his own comic and now has an exclusive deal with Marvel and another gig with Dynamite Comics.

  • Rob

    Great Story!!!
    You should still try to get your comic book published.
    Are you familiar with Frank Cho, the amazing comic book artist.
    He was rejected by all the major comic book publishers and decided to self publish his own comic and now has an exclusive deal with Marvel and another gig with Dynamite Comics.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    great !

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    great !

  • http://www.camarotadesign.com Tony C

    Wow Bill, that is a very inspirational story. You reap what you sow.

    Also just wanted to say I fell in love with Gomedia’s work the moment I saw it. I have both posters on my wall and constantly check your site for new work and the zine for freebies. Gomedia has truly been an inspiration for me.

  • http://www.camarotadesign.com Tony C

    Wow Bill, that is a very inspirational story. You reap what you sow.

    Also just wanted to say I fell in love with Gomedia’s work the moment I saw it. I have both posters on my wall and constantly check your site for new work and the zine for freebies. Gomedia has truly been an inspiration for me.

  • Chris B

    Dude im so inspired by that story. Im 24 and trying to figure out what the hell do i want to do in my life. I always love to draw and been doing it since i was a little boy. My brother n Law and i are looking into starting a small business for creating fliers, posters, shirts, and websites, but I understand we have alot to learn about business. Well i dont want to keep on with my life story so i will just end by saying great job and keep the hustle. Maybe one day i will give my life story on my success lol.

  • Chris B

    Dude im so inspired by that story. Im 24 and trying to figure out what the hell do i want to do in my life. I always love to draw and been doing it since i was a little boy. My brother n Law and i are looking into starting a small business for creating fliers, posters, shirts, and websites, but I understand we have alot to learn about business. Well i dont want to keep on with my life story so i will just end by saying great job and keep the hustle. Maybe one day i will give my life story on my success lol.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Chris… keep it simple… you can do it. Focus on just a few services… then go around your neighborhood and VOLUNTEER your services for FREE! Do an AMAZING JOB… and I promise that person is going to tell you to ALL their business buddies. And trust me… business owners are in this weird club… they all know and support one another… So, you get work for ANY small company, and he will introduce you to at LEAST 9 other friends that may need your assistance.

    JUST DO IT… and figure out the hard stuff – like the business stuff, as you go!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Chris… keep it simple… you can do it. Focus on just a few services… then go around your neighborhood and VOLUNTEER your services for FREE! Do an AMAZING JOB… and I promise that person is going to tell you to ALL their business buddies. And trust me… business owners are in this weird club… they all know and support one another… So, you get work for ANY small company, and he will introduce you to at LEAST 9 other friends that may need your assistance.

    JUST DO IT… and figure out the hard stuff – like the business stuff, as you go!

  • http://www.pushstandards.com Tom Ross

    What a fantastic post. It was really inspiring and personal. Thanks for sharing :)

  • http://www.pushstandards.com Tom Ross

    What a fantastic post. It was really inspiring and personal. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Carlos Torres

    Awesome Story..But Always Wondered How You Get An Image Of A Person To Look Like The One Above Somewhat as A Cartoon?

  • Carlos Torres

    Awesome Story..But Always Wondered How You Get An Image Of A Person To Look Like The One Above Somewhat as A Cartoon?

  • Peter

    Wow!!!, amazing story, hard work, dedication, honesty, your story has it all. I’m sure even greater success is only around the corner. I have always found your website a great resource with loads of inspiring goodies. Please, continue the good work and all the best for the future.

  • Peter

    Wow!!!, amazing story, hard work, dedication, honesty, your story has it all. I’m sure even greater success is only around the corner. I have always found your website a great resource with loads of inspiring goodies. Please, continue the good work and all the best for the future.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Thanks Peter. I certainly HOPE “even greater” success is around the corner. That sure would be nice.

    Nose to the grind stone and hope for a spot of good luck.

    -Bill

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Thanks Peter. I certainly HOPE “even greater” success is around the corner. That sure would be nice.

    Nose to the grind stone and hope for a spot of good luck.

    -Bill

  • Thu

    Bill – awesome story! I laughed, I cried, I lost 10 lbs! ;-)

    Thank you for sharing your story. It’s very inspiring and gives hope to others who want to follow their passion.

    Ever since the first time I saw a flyer Go Media designed for one of the many parties I went to, I’ve bêen a HUGE fan. The company will go far Bill. GÆ¡od things always happen to gÆ¡od people. More success is on its way.

    You’re an amazing artist and friend. Miss u lots! ;-)

  • Thu

    Bill – awesome story! I laughed, I cried, I lost 10 lbs! ;-)

    Thank you for sharing your story. It’s very inspiring and gives hope to others who want to follow their passion.

    Ever since the first time I saw a flyer Go Media designed for one of the many parties I went to, I’ve bêen a HUGE fan. The company will go far Bill. GÆ¡od things always happen to gÆ¡od people. More success is on its way.

    You’re an amazing artist and friend. Miss u lots! ;-)

  • delux

    Bill – I am very happy to found this site and red all of this text.
    I am in the same boat as you. I love drawing and digital coloring, making t-shirts, posters etc. And my girlfriend leaved me, just like yours (after 13 yrs). I am very depressed and frustrated. But your words gave me power and endurance. And im looking for business where i can make my own success and happiness and my life again.

    I wish you a very good luck in 2008.

    And thanks again.

    Sorry about my english :)

  • delux

    Bill – I am very happy to found this site and red all of this text.
    I am in the same boat as you. I love drawing and digital coloring, making t-shirts, posters etc. And my girlfriend leaved me, just like yours (after 13 yrs). I am very depressed and frustrated. But your words gave me power and endurance. And im looking for business where i can make my own success and happiness and my life again.

    I wish you a very good luck in 2008.

    And thanks again.

    Sorry about my english :)

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Delux,

    Wow.. Sorry to hear about your girl leaving you. That’s never easy. Give it time.

    It sounds like you have passion… so just stick with it!

    Sometimes I like to remind myself that some times in life it’s not about success but just survival. When times are really tough, don’t go putting too much pressure on yourself. just SURVIVE. Hang tough and make it through today. Things will eventually settle down – then, when you’re feeling strong again – then you can start making a push for “success” again. Give yourself time.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Delux,

    Wow.. Sorry to hear about your girl leaving you. That’s never easy. Give it time.

    It sounds like you have passion… so just stick with it!

    Sometimes I like to remind myself that some times in life it’s not about success but just survival. When times are really tough, don’t go putting too much pressure on yourself. just SURVIVE. Hang tough and make it through today. Things will eventually settle down – then, when you’re feeling strong again – then you can start making a push for “success” again. Give yourself time.

  • abe

    Wooooooow so inspiring
    i just transfered to a new school for financial reasons and this really helps me to keep at IT!

    thank you so much for sharing;)

  • abe

    Wooooooow so inspiring
    i just transfered to a new school for financial reasons and this really helps me to keep at IT!

    thank you so much for sharing;)

  • http://www.s-14.net Anthony

    Wonderful and inspiring story, thank you for sharing it.

    sidenote: I remember that “Define the Vibe 2″ flier and may still have a copy in my archives.

  • http://www.s-14.net Anthony

    Wonderful and inspiring story, thank you for sharing it.

    sidenote: I remember that “Define the Vibe 2″ flier and may still have a copy in my archives.

  • Dani

    WOW! very inspiring story. I hope i could be good in drawing just like you!

  • Dani

    WOW! very inspiring story. I hope i could be good in drawing just like you!

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  • Tori

    My hero

  • Tori

    My hero

  • http://www.jessieng.net Jessie

    Truly inspiring story!! Thank you for sharing!!

  • http://www.jessieng.net Jessie

    Truly inspiring story!! Thank you for sharing!!

  • http://www.jessieng.net Jessie

    I learned a lot from your story. I’ve been trying so hard to find a full time job working on animation. It was so hard! The companies in Cleveland don’t have many opportunities for motion graphics. So I just worked hard on my freelance projects and kept searching for a dream job, I recently got an opportunity working on multimedia design. I am from China. I had to start over when I came to US. It was tough these years. I totally was moved by your story. If we work hard, we will get there. Wish you the best!

  • http://www.jessieng.net Jessie

    I learned a lot from your story. I’ve been trying so hard to find a full time job working on animation. It was so hard! The companies in Cleveland don’t have many opportunities for motion graphics. So I just worked hard on my freelance projects and kept searching for a dream job, I recently got an opportunity working on multimedia design. I am from China. I had to start over when I came to US. It was tough these years. I totally was moved by your story. If we work hard, we will get there. Wish you the best!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Hey Jessie,

    So glad I was able to give you a little inspiration. Life is certainly a challenge… believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. Keep working!

    -Bill

  • http://www.gomedia.us Bill

    Hey Jessie,

    So glad I was able to give you a little inspiration. Life is certainly a challenge… believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. Keep working!

    -Bill

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  • Dan

    Excellent job..
    dizi izle

  • http://www.phoenixpavingaz.com/ Asphalt Paving

    I love your story..you are very talented. It is so nice to know that you have that gift from up above and now your sharing it to us..Congrats.