Today is truly the first day of the rest of my life. I’m at a turning point. Yesterday was my last day working at the department store where I’d worked for over a year selling brazierres. I really believed that I’d be working there for a very, very long time, while I took online classes embarking upon a new career path. But an opportunity came along that I couldn’t pass up. Now I’m back in the art biz, no more school and no more retail. I’ll be working much longer hours than I was at the department store and making much less money, but I know I’ll be happier. I’m my own boss now and I’ll be doing something I love: art.
It’s scary though. When I’d tried this art business thing before (before I went to work in what I called “The Bra Forest”) I had yet to turn a profit after 2+ years. I can’t seem to think like a “business” person and not like an “artist” person. I have no problem sitting and making beautiful things with my hands. What I have a problem with is turning those things into cash money. I don’t even have a problem letting go of the things I create; I have a problem accepting money for them. I have a problem putting a dollar value on things. I know that this is a problem that many career artists have, especially ones that didn’t earn master’s degrees in art, where they supposedly teach you how to market yourself as an artist.
I want to just sit and make things hour after hour and let somebody else do all the rest. But I’d have to pay them, wouldn’t I. For instance, I don’t know how to take good photos… yet. I don’t know how to sell my wares on the internet… yet. I don’t know anything about making a website… yet. I don’t even know how to put my own “stamp” on the style of this blog, rather than use a pre-made template. I don’t speak HTML or CSS… yet. I don’t know good bookkeeping or all I need to know for tax purposes… yet. I’m willing to learn, even eager, and I hope to use this blog to share what I learn as I learn it. But, people, it’s probably going to be a very, very big learning curve.