Social media has become the perfect platform for people to not only interact, but also share their work. With apps such as Instagram being so easy to navigate and share ideas on, it was only a matter of time before people began sharing their talent with the world.
Arianna Margulis knows this all too well. Her talent has brought us the most hilarious and relatable cartoons through her Instagram page @butlikemaybe and even inspired her to write her own comic book.
1) How did you start getting into “meme culture?” What inspired you to create your social media accounts?
I guess I never thought of it as meme culture lol! I always doodled as a way to unwind and after getting dumped, my doodles got progressively more frequent and sassier. I was drawing out the pain. I thought maybe I shouldn’t have to force my friends and family to witness these on my personal account, and @butlikemaybe was born!
2) Where did you come up with the name “But Like Maybe?”
It was this weird phrase I always used, I even used to get in trouble for always repeating it in school when I spoke!
3) How did you get started in drawing cartoons?
I’ve been drawing cartoons FOREVER. I was obsessed with Mickey Mouse when I was younger – I wanted my own show. I drew a short story series called the fruit family when I was in grade school just for fun. lol A family of talking fruit. I still remember Grandpa Grape.
4) Who inspires you most in the terms of your cartoons?
Oh man. I have a lot of inspiration. I think hands down The Simpsons is so iconic. I can do a lot of the voices and know a ton of obscure character names. I also have a lot of street art heroes like Jerkface and Trouble Andrew and the work he did with Gucci.
5) Who is your favorite “meme character?”
Haha I don’t have one! But my friend @youvegotnomale is pretty hilarious and does really clever fashion culture memes.
6) When did you realize you were creating something bigger than just a hobby?
I got a repost once from Cosmo and I got thousands of followers in one day. I was afraid to even open the app. I knew then maybe I could be on to something.
7) What do you have to say to all of the “haters?”
“Remember when you didn’t wanna slow dance with me? Remember when you didn’t want me at your party?”
My revenge is my art. I wasn’t cool growing up and I still struggle to feel secure. But @butlikemaybe is helping me figure it all out and finding pride in being a weirdo. I have a lot of pent up 7th grade anger but I think honestly it’s helped me push myself to where I am.
8) Who or what inspires you the most in terms of your humor?
I love Saturday Night Live. Some hero power women have been born from that cast for years.
9) Where do you see But Like Maybe going to next?
10) If you can give advice to your fans, what would it be?
I used to struggle with this idea of what I SHOULD be doing, or what my parents or peers think about my path. Doing everything for “approval.” You have to figure out what’s best for YOU. Not anyone else. If you find something you love, figure out a way to do it, passionately, and the money will come.
You may have to side hustle for a while, work some nights and/or weekends, do a lot for free – but you’ll be rewarded. It’s okay to make mistakes. My life has been a beautiful jumble of them that made me who I am. Stay positive and find the upside, even after you get dumped.
You can check out more of Arianna’s amazing artwork at:
And, buy her comic book on Amazon.