Any other creatives find their own mind a little overwhelming sometimes? I’m attempting to start selling some of my work, but feel pulled in so many different directions… and while I know I need to focus on the practical things (online shop, tax, bank accounts, marketing) all I want to do right now is create new designs.
Maybe the danger of starting to sell your work means that it loses some of its fun and creativity – but at the same time being able to share your work, and find admirers who share your vision, is a pretty special feeling. Plus, of course, money for new pens, sketchbooks and coffee is always useful.
I’ve hit, shall we say, a stumbling block in that I don’t have the safety of a full time job any more. However, I have support of my friends and family to take a chance on myself and my work – but it’s a double edged sword, will selling my work be to survive or to thrive?
As a cautious person, it’s scary. Yet also exciting.
I’ve decided to give myself a chance. At least for a little while. The biggest hurdle will be getting the balance between the practical and the creative, between the need to survive and the need to not make it feel like survival. To keep it fun.
I’m (literally) starting small with some pocket mirrors using some of my existing designs. And while I work out the boring things (like how on earth I ship outwith the UK affordably) here is an exciting thing – a photo of some of the designs.
So here’s to taking a chance on yourself, and new adventures. I would love to hear from people in the same boat. I may post my progress, although hopefully only on the fun stuff rather than just the practical stuff. Not making any promises though.