NEW BRITAIN – A Hartford man who saw the need for mentors decided to become a motivational speaker for young artists who may have the same questions he had when he first started his career.
“It was so difficult, and I said, whenever I get to a point where I have gotten enough information or mastered my art, that I was going to do workshops to motivate emerging artists so that they don’t have to go through what I went through,” Joe Young said.
Young is a cartoonist, producer, filmmaker, writer, and educator.
He will be the guest speaker at Gallery 66 on Wednesday to provide the New Britain community with tips to succeed. While he has been to a number of major cities around the state and the country, this will be his first time speaking in New Britain.
“This is going to be a great introduction,” Young said. “There are a lot of musical artists and a lot of talent in New Britain.”
Young added that one of the reasons he is coming to the city is that there are a lot of young people in New Britain who want to be discovered and want to be guided by the right person.
The speech is for anyone, but it has a focus on people with an artist’s eye or young adults and teenagers who enjoy creativity.
Young will be sharing seven tips on how to be successful. Some of his advice incorporates learning organization skills, social media and figuring out how to reach the next level once you’ve achieved a certain amount of success.
Young leads different types of motivational workshops and cartooning workshops in which he always ties in tips for success. Young’s workshops are called “You Can Make it From Anywhere,” and they are meant to be inspirational.
The discussion groups by Young officially started in the 1990’s. He wrote the novel and screenplay for the movie “Diamond Ruff” which was played at local theaters.
In addition, Young has worked with different celebrities, and he has been on the set of Steve Harvey’s show. Young represents the illustrator Pedro Valentin Jr., who will also attend the event.
There will be a raffle and its proceeds will go to a free community concert at Trinity on Main St. on Saturday Sept.29 from 6-9 p.m. Raffle tickets cost $1. The raffle will be drawn closer to the end of the event.
The workshop at Gallery 66 is free of admission with a business card and it will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Gallery 66 is located at 66 West Main St.
For more information about the event contact Adrian Elliot at or call Gallery 66 at .
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079.