Sarah: Please tell me how you got started (your STORY) and where CEO Kids and parents can find out more info about you.
I have always loved to draw and make characters. Mom decided to surpirse me and had one of my characters put on a shirt
for me, I wore it and people liked it and wanted to know where I got my shirt. When I told them it was my design they thought it was cool. So we started talking, had the idea to put more of my characters on shirts and see what happened, so there is a whole gang on the shirts now.
Sarah: When did you start thinking about starting your own business and becoming an entrepreneur and why did you want to start?
Zack: I really did not think about starting a business, it just kind of happened. I wanted to do this to see if it went anywhere, to see what what we could make of Good Boy Roy. My goal is for Good Boy Roy is to become a tv series one day.
Sarah: Where did you come up with your idea and what investigation did you do to help you know that this would be a great business?
Zack: I just think of all the characters in my head, I always make new characters and draw them. It’s something I have always done.
Sarah: What do you think are the most important skills you have that help you in business?
Zack: You definitely need creativity and a good imagination.
Sarah: What were the biggest obstacles, problems you had in getting started in business?
Zach: Getting people to know who Good Boy Roy is and having them believe that I actually draw and create all the characters.
Sarah: How old were you when you started and how old are you now? How does your age affect your business success?
Zack: I was 14, we started in January of 2010, I am now 15.
Sarah: What about college? Are you planning on going?
I want to pursue a career in cartooning, to help me in the business. I would like to go to a college to help me learn more about drawing and cartooning. I hope Good Boy Roy will be my business and be a huge success, but if for some reason it is not I would like to get a job with Cartoon Network
Sarah: What kind of expenses or start-up costs did you have when you started your business and where did you find the money or capital to start?
Zack: Most of the expeses are to have the shirts printed, my parents are the bank and fund the business since I am a minor.
Sarah: What have been the best surprises that you found in starting your business?
Zack: I love that people love my designs, they think they are cool and neat that a kid draws them. I love seeing my characters in color on t-shirts and people wearing them, they come to life from the paper to the shirt andits cool.
Sarah: What ideas and approaches do you use to market your business and what do you find works best for you in getting the word out about who you are and what you are doing?
Our website (launching new one in Dec 20112) My mom does a lot on Twitter and some on Facebook. We do some festivals and craft Bazaars
, and I wear my shirts to school. People see them and ask to buy them that way too.
Sarah: How do you balance it all? Do you find that you still have time to be a kid?
Zack: Yes, its easy for me. The drawing is not work, but can be frustrating for me sometimes, espeically when I cant get a picture the way I want it. I have plenty of time to hang out with my friends and do stuff with my Church like I enjoy doing.
Sarah: What is the best advice or tips you would like to share with young entrepreneurs?
Zack: If you work hard enough then your dreams can come true. Keep faith, hope and believe in yourself.
PS. Zack just completed illustrations for his first Children’s book, being published by L’Edge Publishing, titled A World Without Circles, out in December 2012.