Artist and Graphic Novel Aficionado: Nathan Lueth, RTC Illustrator
How do you get into “the zone” when it comes to diving into your work?
After so many years of doing this, I can usually drop into things pretty quick, but I do have to have a few boxes ticked off before I can sit down undistracted. I need to have a cup of coffee and water, to have gone to the bathroom, and to have done a couple morning chores. Then I put on the right background noise. Usually, the morning news or a podcast, or something educational.
What is a piece of advice you would give new writers or artists?
My number one piece of advice to anyone who wants to be a creative professional is to acquire some small business management, intellectual property law, and marketing knowledge. The overwhelming majority of us are independent or freelance contractors and knowing how to run your business is going to be vital to your success. We all want to be able to just sit in a room and do our thing for eight hours a day, but unless you have someone you really trust to handle the business side of things, you really need to arm yourself. That knowledge will not only enhance your ability to do the projects you want, but it will protect you as well.
What is one thing you’ve learned about yourself while working at RTC?
Working for RTC has opened me up to a lot of mental health, mindfulness, and self-care ideas that I don't know I would have encountered elsewhere. Since working for RTC I've learned a lot about dealing with my own baggage and learning to be okay with my squishy bits.
What is your Myers-Briggs Personality type?
ENFJ, Extrovert, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging
When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a lot of things, but being an artist was always in there somewhere. So, I wanted to be a stunt man and an artist or a chef and an artist. Eventually I just realized that it was time to follow the through line.