A struggling Chicago-based professional photographer reportedly made over $109,000 last year from selling non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
According to a profile by CNBC’s “Make it”, 36-year-old photographer Brittany Pierre was struggling to pay rent on her apartment and afford groceries before turning to NFTs as a way to sell her work. Pierre told CNBC that her financial situation was “touch and go,” and that she was “pretty depressed,” being forced to live paycheck to paycheck.
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Pierre first learned about NFTs in March 2021, after her friend and fellow artist Elise Swopes sold an NFT of one her works for around $17,600. This inspired Pierre to do a “deep dive” on Google and YouTube, learning everything she could about NFTs. One month later, she was able to sell her first NFT, which led to a stream of sales of her other pieces (for hundreds of dollars each). Apparently, these early sales happened after a well-known NFT collector saw her works on Twitter.
“It was real hard to do $50 photoshoots, trying to peddle $30 prints. I’d have bookings here and there, but it wasn’t sustainable… That first couple of $200, $300 [NFT] sales was a lot for me. That’s exactly what I needed to pay rent.“
In addition to selling her own art, Pierre began purchasing and flipping other artist’s NFTs for a profit.
She told CNBC:
“Last year has been the first year that I could live completely abundantly, more with my heart, than I ever have been able to… I’ve never had a job over $15 an hour, and last year, I was able to make a little over $100,000.”
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