Jarrett J Krosoczka’s Inspired Ted Talk

Jarrett Krosocka is a prolific writer and illustrator of numerous award winning children’s books and graphic novels.  I was first exposed to Jarrett’s work a few years ago. I had just joined SCBWI and there was going to be a conference in Orlando at which he was going to be a speaker. I had no clue who he was. So I went online and did some research. I was immediately struck by his exuberant personality, infectious smile and energy. I was most inspired by a video he had up where he chronicled the publication of his first book. He filmed himself reenacting himself creating the dummy and sending it off in the mail and eventually getting an acceptance for publication! WOW!! What a great story, how inspired I was!! I made a list of all his books at the time and went to the library to check them out and read before I got to meet him in person!

Sadly some circumstances occurred and I wasn’t able to attend the conference that year. I still remembered that video though and how it made me think that success was possible. I still hold onto that hope and since then have accumulated a number of success stories that build on top of the hope that Jarrett was the foundation of. So when I started this blog I thought how awesome it would be to share that video with our readers. Give them the same spark of hope that it had given me! When I went back to Jarrett’s site, I couldn’t find it. I sent him a note on Facebook asking about it and he was amazed I remembered it! Ha! He said that it had been taken down but that it may make a reappearance at some point. Well it hasn’t reappeared but something better has surfaced.


Jarrett recently gave a Tedtalk where he speaks about his journey from childhood to children’s book illustrator and author. They people who helped him on his journey as well as the struggles he went through to get where he is. This is far more personal and intimate a story than what was up before and I relate to him even more now and have that much more respect for his journey and hope for my own.

So thank you Mr. Krosoczka, you continue to inspire me and I still look forward to one day being able to tell you that in person.

To learn more about Jarrett visit his site, facebook page, blog or twitter!



  1. Carolyn Le

    Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Diane Hearn

    Jarret Krosoczka’s talk kept me transfixed throughout. What a moving and inspirational story about the development and endurance of a creative spirit. Thanks so much for putting it up!

  3. Sarah

    What a brilliant talk, and how wonderful knowing there are people like Jarrett around, making the world a better place 😀

  4. Mark Tereau

    Very inspirational. Nice to see the people in his life who showed him lots of love. I’ve been out of work for a long time. Divorced a second time. Don’t know what to do. I love to draw and do art, but not really graphic art for advertising. So I wonder if there are inspirational stories for really late bloomers like myself who didn’t start their art career until they were 50 years old.

  5. Lori Dean Dyment

    That was awesome. Thank you.

  6. Dana Atnip

    That was a wonderful video! Indeed inspirational and touching! Thank you for sharing.


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