101 – How to Become a Cartoonist with Stephanie Halligan

Stephanie Halligan Professional Photo

We’re all familiar with cartoons but have you ever wondered what it takes to become a cartoonist?  Stephanie Halligan knows! She has experienced a unique journey from child artist to non-profit worker to financial blogger to accomplished cartoonist.

Stephanie grew up drawing and learned how to draw cartoon characters by copying characters she saw on TV. After high school, she feared that art would not be a financially intelligent decision, and so she studied International Relations and worked in the non-profit sector.

In this episode, Stephanie shares how you too can turn artistry into a paying career, how she helps others through her own work, and how to refine what you’re working on to make it even better.


  • How to build your own career ladder, rung by rung.
  • The importance of being unafraid to fail.
  • What is “Imposter Syndrome” and how can you be brave enough to face it?
  • Is it okay to fake it until you make it?
  • How to return to a passion and make it work for you.
  • Why shouldn’t you throw in the towel completely on your old job?
  • The importance of doing what you love every single day.
  • And so much more!



  • How can you get over your fear and put your work out there?
  • Do you necessarily have to make a blog to sell your art, why or why not?
  • Why you don’t have to be scared to ask for money.

If you enjoyed this episode and want to hear a few additional minutes of the interview, Click here to get the exclusive bonus material.


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  1. Thanks, I really enjoyed the interview with Stephanie. Her story of returning to a lost passion resonated with me a lot. I’m just coming back to writing after a career break to have a family.


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