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Are you considered to be the "Artsy Friend" of your group of friends?
The one they call to help decorate, do makeup or hair, paint a portrait or mural?
If the answer to any of those questions was yes then you are most definitely the "Artsy Friend". Which isn't a bad thing! But what i've noticed since my switch to full time artist is my role as the "Artsy Friend" has some pros and cons.
For example, my friends and acquaintances look to me for assistance with all of their creative projects whether they are small or large. And whether we want to admit it or not any kind of exposure is good exposure for an artist! Your friends have friends who have family who have friends! Do you see where i'm going with this? This my friends, is a pro!
An example of a con in this scenario is your friends may not believe that your fun new job as the "Artsy Friend" is worth an investment.
The moral of this post is always know your worth and the worth of your work. Don't let family and friends have things for free because they hold a title in your life or because you carry the label as the "Artsy Friend". Art is an investment, and i'm sure if your friends were going into a creative field they would look to you for your investment in their dream so make sure you voice your needs.
I've participated in a few shows and events since leaving my job in February, and to my surprise my new acquaintances and friends have come to my rescue. I have voiced my dreams to both new and old friends and family but oddly enough the people who are learning their new "Artsy Friend" are more willing to lend a hand a show their support for my dreams!
So my message today is believe in yourself, write down your goals, be realistic about how you will achieve them and don't stop until you achieve every single one of them! Take it one step at a time, and never settle for less than you feel you deserve.
*The painting above was painted by me 2 weeks ago of the beautiful @herapatra on Instagram! Go check her out! You can see in progress photos on my instagram! I have so many photos in my phone and on my ipad of beautiful, creative, inspiring people! I can't wait to paint them!*
Talk to you guys on Friday!!!
So I'm just going to jump right into it! Hi, I'm Destiney, I quit my corporate job to be a stay at home mom and artist! I have to be crazy right? Because artists don't make any money right? Stay at home moms are way to busy to run a business let alone create art right?
Wrong! And let me tell you why your wrong. I'm a big dreamer but I also put everything I have into the task at hand. I'm one of those women who sets my mind to a task and I complete it with every ounce of passion and determination I can find. I don't have a plan B, I only know that this will work for me because I not only want it to work I will challenge myself everyday until I make my dreams my reality.
Am I scared? Yes. If your dreams don't scare you they aren't big enough. I haven't met any successful people who were not afraid when they started their business. I have faith that my talents have a purpose. I refuse to waste my life working only for money. I want to enjoy my work, my life, my family. I want to travel and inspire other artists to live their dreams and show my fellow creatives that a career in the arts is possible.
This is my story. It may not be the path you should take or what works for you but I would like to share my progress and my success with the world. So hit the follow and like button and keep up with my progress every Monday and Thursday.
I will be posting a video on my Youtube channel which goes into detail regarding my decision to leave my job to pursue my passion and my tips for anyone looking to do the same. I will also be posting my progress and bringing you guys along with me to meetings, art shows, networking events, and giving you a look into my daily life! Juggling my two children, my husband, my business, and my friends. I look forward to taking this journey with you!
Thanks for stopping by!