At the end of August I received three rejections on some comics I had pitched. They were nicely worded rejections, but these coming right after me having figured out that I could never complete the web comic I had spent 8 months writing a script for, it was a devastating couple of weeks.
You can see how insecure I was in the interview I did. It was not a good scene.
But I had applied for a bunch of other things during that time period, and kept applying to things. So by the beginning of September, I had found out I had won a MICE mini-grant, I had been nominated for a Broken Pencil Zine Award, and was invited to read as part of the Our Comics Ourselves exhibition. In October I got to read at DC Zinefest's Hallowzine event . In early November I got to table at DC Art Book Fair and qualified for a free table based on merit. Conventions are still hard for me, but the cool thing is, the more conventions I go to the more people I get to know, and the more I solidify my place in the comics community and the easier they get.
Anyway, long story short, if you are interested in stuff, apply to it. Keep trying to do things. Apply to everything. Get your stuff out there. There’s no guarantee that you will get what you want, but the only way for them to possibly ever happen is to actually try to get them. If you do nothing that is a GUARANTEE nothing will happen.