We are really inspired by your business sense in the arts. Tell us a little bit about how you got started selling paintings and collaborating with others.
I began selling my art at pop-up shops, small local shops, and online with an Etsy shop. I soon realized that in order to make my business effective, I was going to have to take it to the next level by taking it really seriously and dedicating much more time to it.
I was super lucky, thanks to a shift in our lives and a new job for my husband, to get to start my business full-time 2 years ago. When I started, I went 100 mph in the direction of my dream, because I had waited so long for the timing to be right. I was so excited (and still am) to wake up every day and follow my passion.
One of my fundamental business practices is to meet people in real life. I believe that as a business owner, you can leverage the power of online communication to a point, but that the REAL interactions still have to be happening over coffee, drinks, or, ideally, bagels. Instagram has really helped my business grow, but I love even more when those "IG friends" become REAL friends!
My role as the leader of a group of creatives called TuesdaysTogether (as part of The Rising Tide Society) and as a Creative Strategist for the Community Team at a start-up in San Francisco called Honeybook has been so pivotal in learning my business savvy. I love giving back to my creative community by sharing ideas, leading meetings each month, and making sure that all creatives feel welcome and able to ask others for help. I also love the challenge of brainstorming and having a unique perspective as I help contribute to helping a start-up company grow and serve new audiences. I firmly that believe if we all help one another when we can, that the creative economy can succeed more.
I am the kind of person that learns best by doing. I need the "trial-by-fire" in order to succeed. I am ok with mistakes the older I get and I appreciate the life lessons in each chapter of life.