Rags to Riches story of Brittany Pierre all through NFT marketplace
‘I had $10 in my bank account,’ says the investor. This 36-year- old is now earning more than $109,000 selling NFTs.
Brittany Pierre earned almost $109,000 in 2021 by selling nonfungible tokens (NFTs) of her photos and flipping other NFTs she purchased.
Pierre previously struggled to pay her Chicago apartment rent, groceries, and bus fares. Pierre, 36, describes her financial status as “touch and go.” She “became quite depressed” since she lived paycheck to paycheck.
Pierre first learned about nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, in March. Elise Swopes, a friend and fellow artist had just sold an NFT of her work for almost $17,600, and Pierre was inspired to try to do the same. “I dove straight in, just doing a YouTube and a Google deep dive for a couple of days,” she says, in addition to approaching Swopes for advice.
Pierre began selling her first NFTs a month later and was soon selling pieces for a few hundred dollars which were more than her physical art, she claims.
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“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,” she says. “That first couple of $200, $300 [NFT] sales was a lot for me. That’s exactly what I needed to pay rent.”
Pierre was able to not only pay her bills and live more comfortably as her income increased, but she was also able to donate to charities and invest in other artists’ NFTs, some of which she later sold for a profit.
“Last year has been the first year that I could live completely abundantly, more with my heart, than I ever have been able to,” she says. “I’ve never had a job over $15 an hour, and last year, I was able to make a little over $100,000.”
How it all began
Pierre observed a few roadblocks when he first started learning about NFTs: Most of the leading platforms required creators to apply or be invited before they could list their work. After that, creators must pay gas expenses to mint their NFTs, which can be costly.
The process of minting an NFT represents the asset on the blockchain. It enables NFT owners to show ownership of the asset while also selling it if they so desire. However, to mint an NFT, developers must pay a “gas tax,” which might cost hundreds of dollars during peak traffic times.
Photographer Zak Krevitt brought Pierre to NFT marketplace Foundation in March with the help of a few friends who connected her. According to Pierre, another artist donated funds to pay for her first couple of pieces’ gas expenses to mint her work.
“I probably had like $10 in my bank account at the time,” she recalls. “I believe the fees were around $250.”
Onboarding and assisting fellow artists in the NFT and greater Web3 community is typical. “That is one thing about this space: If you have a question, somebody is going to answer it,” Pierre explains.
“It’s mostly Black women and men that I try to uplift,” through her street style and portraiture photos, Pierre explains. “When you Google’ beautiful person,’ you almost always see a white person.” As a result, I wanted to include Black individuals on the blockchain to strengthen this. I’d like to draw attention to the African-American experience.”
Pierre’s first sales came after Weesh, a well-known NFT collector, discovered her work on Twitter. “I went all-in after that,” she says.
According to her, Pierre had found a new day job, but she opted to quit and devote her time to NFTs full-time.
How’s it going?
Pierre has been able to pamper herself in addition to the necessary. She claims to have purchased additional film photographic equipment and to splurge on Nikes occasionally. Pierre has also been putting money aside to buy a Tesla and her own home.