How a Boy Became an Artist


When Jarrett J. Krosoczka was a kid, he didn’t play sports, but he loved art. He paints the funny and touching story of a little boy who pursued a simple passion: to draw and write stories. Watch the video. It’s well worth your time.


  1. Cindy Guy

    Having an 8 year old who sits and draws more pictures and makes up stories than I know where to store them….this video really meant a lot to me! My daughter reminds me of this man’s childhood story.

    Thank you so much for sharing this video. I’m going to go check out his books for the library this week out of excitement. I LOVE checking out children’s books. I often only ever know of the ones my daughter tells me about after visiting her school’s library.

    So now that I know of this author…I’ll be sure to check out his work now! 🙂

    Thanks for introducing him into our world….

  2. Michael McClendon

    I totally relate. I gravitated to the arts and stories not sports and teams as kid. My imagination was my outlet. And still is today. Inspiring to hear his story. I teared up – but I don’t think my co-workers noticed.

    I can’t wait to check out his books.

  3. Jim Crotty

    This is why it’s so important for artists to “pay it forward” in teaching and encouraging younger people who are following in their footsteps. Nearly every artist, writer, poet has that one or two adult influences from when they were about 12 or 13 or so who made that lasting impression because the adult – usually a teacher – recognized the talent and flipped the switch to on. Someone reached out and went beyond the minimum requirements of their job. I know that place and time where Jarrett is coming from. For me it was a Pentax Spotmatic F 35mm camera when I was in 7th grade in 1977 and the adults who took the time with me to initiate and explore my passion for art. Education, mentoring, coaching. It makes a huge difference. I’m thankful and it shows that Jarret feels the same way. Thank you Rabbit Room for posting and sharing.

  4. Lindsey Murphy

    Loved this. It’s especially encouraging as a parent and teacher to acknowledge and encourage potential when I see it.

  5. aimee

    My kids will enjoy his story. I can identify with writing/creativity saving a life. As a child, in the midst of constant dysfunction and fear, I could always count on imagination.Either my own imagination, through theater and writing, or the books that were my friends and would lift me out of the darkness for a little while and gently set me back into my own story when necessary.

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