TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
My name is Josh Galletta, but most people call me Bump. I have been married to my sweetness, Mary for 18 years, we have two kids Emmersyn & Fynn. I am a freelance illustrator. I work on commissions (house, family, pet portraits, etc), client work (logos, t-shirt designs, special projects, etc), live art, and occasional speaking engagements. The hobbies that I nerd out on are collecting Lego Star Wars stormtroopers, and vinyl records. I spend my time hanging with my family and friends, being outside, and getting coffee.
WHAT’S YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH?
Your story, my art. I capture what a client wants through minimalist, hand-drawn pen, and ink illustrations.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ARE LEARNING RIGHT NOW?
With all my events, pop-ups, and markets being cancelled, I have really had to change my focus to bring in income. I am focusing on online sales and commission work. I know we have all been on this roller coaster together. I have been trying to take a minute to acknowledge the times that I feel discouraged, but I try not to stay there. For me, I have to stay positive and continue to stay in my lane. It’s tempting to see what others are doing, and veer in another direction. But I am trying to stay the course while at the same time adjusting to our new normal.
WHAT ARE SOME WAYS THAT YOU CONTINUE TO INNOVATE TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX??
I know everyone including myself is in a tough financial spot. I have lowered my T-shirt design rates, and I am working with clients on quicker turnarounds. I wanted to give back in my own way, so I made coloring books and free downloadable coloring sheets for the first 45 days of Quarantine. Staying present and not giving up.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED ABOUT ENTREPRENEURSHIP?
When it comes to working with clients, do not have an ego, be nice, be flexible, communicate, and have fun. When it comes to art, be creative, be original, and make something new every day (even if you don’t feel like it.)
ENTREPRENEURSHIP CAN BE A TOUGH AND LONELY ROAD. IN THE DIFFICULT MOMENTS HOW DO YOU STAY FOCUSED AND MOVE YOUR BUSINESS FORWARD?
I am a man of faith, so that plays into it a lot. I have a very supportive and encouraging wife. She and I talk and plan out everything together. I also reach out to fellow creatives in our community. We try to encourage each other and brainstorm. I try to maintain a work schedule at my home studio, and focus on my to-do list.
WHAT ARE SOME WAYS THAT YOU HAVE INTENTIONALLY COLLABORATED WITH OTHERS TO MOVE YOUR BUSINESS FORWARD?
I sincerely love collaborating with people that want to help our cities thrive. I have collaborated with Visit Central Florida to bring a five part “Free Digital Art Lessons” online. I have teamed up with the City of Tampa for a branding series of the downtown area. I helped make a shirt with our mural design on it for the Exploration Children’s Museum to raise money for staff. I collaborated with Image Depot Express to make a shirt to help raise money for small businesses. I also collaborated with Lakeland Pallet Co to make a shirt design to raise money for those in need.
WHY HAVE YOU CHOSEN TO RUN YOUR BUSINESS IN LAKELAND?
I live here and I love our community. It is a small town that is on the verge of something big. I love that Lakeland is supportive of small businesses. There are so many cool businesses popping up all over, and our community shows up! It is really great to see a place like Catapult playing an integral role in pushing small businesses forward. It makes me proud to live in Lakeland.
WHERE CAN WE GET YOUR PRODUCT OR SERVICE?
Cake Batter ice cream with caramel, butterfingers, and reese cups from Coldstone.
FAVORITE VACATION EVER?
Seattle with Mary caramel
the Dollop , the Pete & Sebastian show