Pro Photographer makes $109K selling NFTs despite having only $10 in savings

According to reports, a struggling Chicago-based professional photographer made over $109,000 selling non-fungible tokens (NFTs) last year.

Pro Photographer With Just $10 in Savings Manages To Make $109K From Selling NFTs
Brittany Pierre

According to a story on CNBC's "Make it," 36-year-old photographer Brittany Pierre was having trouble paying rent and buying groceries before resorting to NFTs to sell her work.

Pierre noted that her financial position was "touch and go," and she was "very miserable" since she was living paycheck to paycheck.

In March 2021, Pierre first learnt about NFTs after her friend and fellow artist Elise Swopes sold an NFT of one of her pieces for roughly $17,600.

Pierre was encouraged to do a "deep dive" into NFTs on Google and YouTube, learning everything she could.

She was able to sell her first NFT a month later, which led to a steady stream of sales of her other works. These early sales are said to have occurred after a well-known NFT collector noticed her work on Twitter.

Brittany Pierre said,

“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… That first couple of $200, $300 [NFT] sales was a lot for me. That’s exactly what I needed to pay rent.“

Pierre began purchasing and flipping other artists' NFTs for a profit in addition to selling her own.

Last year was the first year, she added that she was able to live entirely abundantly, more from her heart than she had ever been able to... I've never worked for more than $15 an hour, and last year I earned just over $100,000.