What does it mean to be an artisticpreneur?
Being an artist is complex, infinite, and non-negotiable. People, usually with the best of intentions, will coax you into settling for normal, traditional...safe. But the craving to create is not quieted.
It rumbles from deep in your soul like hunger from the pit of your stomach. The only way to quench the need is to feed your inner artist with freedom and the fierceness to shake off criticism and judgemental attitudes, so you can forge ahead towards the only life that will fulfill you.
You are not tamed or tied to a strict daily schedule, where your mind competes for time between what you want to do and what you must do. Oh, the restlessness and boredom that sets in. Working for others does help you develop the will to thrive on your own terms because that alternative becomes unbearable and stifles your creative soul.
Living the creative life in bits and pieces around other commitments can satisfy you temporarily. But when you're able to free yourself from the stress of job confinement and squelch the conflict between your right and left brain, possibilities open up and you can create again.
It's so refreshing to walk back into your home office and re-familiarize yourself with what you were in the middle of working on. Propel yourself back into acting on the plans you made with a, 'this is my do or die moment' attitude. Resolve to make this time different, better than ever before!
Art is a natural part of my life. Feeding and caring for wildlife, cooking a meal, baking, capturing those times with photography and video, and then expressing the feelings, emotions, and stories in images and words. You draw inspiration and ideas from ordinary days. An amusing wildlife moment begs to be caught on camera.
A scrumptious dinner beckons a repeat performance with a placement on the blogging stage. Unlimited creativity is vital for an artist. You do not need to choose one original endeavor over another! It's okay to multi-task. You're going to be amazing, do phenomenal things, and accomplish your dreams!
Why did I develop The Queens Empire blog and the Create More Movement?
The Queens Empire site is a business hub. A home for the Queens. A house for our products. A haven for artists to connect and collaborate!
I am great at creating content. I have books full of words and quotes. Drawers full of folders that contain ideas for more books. Photo CD's, envelopes of pictures and negatives...yes, I mean 35 millimeter film :) I also have an iphone packed with media! Recipes to try for every season paired with delicious wine. There are fall beers and cozy cocktails awaiting their turn in the test kitchen. Ideas and creating are the first steps, and probably the easiest, for many artists.
Creating without connecting means no one sees your work. This doesn't mean sign up for every social media site you see. Yes, sales is a numbers game but you will waste a lot of precious time weeding through the wrong people in order to reach the right ones. You are not attempting to rob from creation time, just compliment and advance the effort with mutually beneficial connections.
If you do not collaborate, you will limit your forward and upward mobility. How and where you portray your personality on the web is important. A brand identity that's fun and flexible but consistent (not an easy or automatic right-brain concept) helps to promote your story. Be open to new opportunities that take your creative and business goals to the next level.
How do you use your abundance of content, gain the best exposure for your work, and partner with a creative and innovative team?
Selling products online with my original designs printed on them is not an avenue I'd considered until recently. Ecommerce sites like Gearbubble and Redbubble that perform the heavy lifting of online shop, printing, and shipping provide the perfect creative economy for artists. Companies like these advocate for the independent artist, designer, and small business owner who want to dive into the large pool of ecommerce, previously reserved for large companies that could invest substantial sums of money and house big inventories.
It's very exciting to see my stores with big eye catching banners and products with my own artwork on them for purchase! Creating a website and beginning an ecommerce business at the same time with no html experience, oh boy, what a challenge. I'll be posting on my method for accomplishing this, things I learned along the way, and what I'd do differently next time. It was a monster task because I was branding the website/blog and stores in a consistent theme. That's why it deserves its own post. I think it's going to be a rewarding adventure and a chance to connect with other artists and customers. Check out my stores here, QueensVoice TipsyCulinaryQueen ShutterQueenink
From the navigation at the top you can visit each Queens page, products (still being developed) and read about my books as well!
So I launch into the madness of ecommerce sales. Throw myself heart and soul into the mobs of other artists vying for a piece of the profitable online pie! If you're searching for a niche market method to lend longevity to your words, images, and artwork, look into this burgeoning opportunity! Subscribe, so you receive updates on the process, my progress, lessons learned along the journey, and results.
The Queens Empire is a champion for artists. We'll prove that you can live out of your right brain, love your life, and conquer the challenge of being both an artist and a business person to develop a winning and wealthy artisticprenurial spirit!
Artists deserve a movement that is driven to Create More! We're excited to share posts on writing, cooking, photography, and painting, along with tips, tricks, trials, tribulations, and triumphs of living the artisticpreneurial lifestyle.
I'd love to hear all about your experiences, your artistic past, future path, and how you've benefited from a creative economy.
Are you dedicated to connecting, collaborating, and profiting from your craft? Then I invite you to subscribe and join us in the Create More Movement!