Today, I’m starting a new, weekly series all about creative business. As many of you know, I have been a creative entrepreneur for the better part of my adult life. I started as a web designer, then blogger, and most recently have delved into the world of fine art. My art shop has been open almost a year and while I know I still have so much to learn, I’ve also learned more than I could have imagined in these past 11 months.
I love being my own boss and running my own business, it’s given me so much freedom and flexibility—as a mom of two, there’s not much more I could ask for. It’s also allowed my creative career to evolve as I do. It’s something I’m very passionate about and want to share more of it with you.
Like I said, I’ve learned a lot this past year and I want to share it with any of you who might also be looking for a different career in a field that allows you to be more creative or even be your own boss. While I often will speak from my own personal experiences as a designer, blogger and artist, so many of the principles I’m talking about can be applied to literally any creative career!
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Okay, now that you know where I’m coming from, let’s dive in and start with a little introduction:
Hi, my name is Blair. I’m an artist, but I didn’t go to art school.
Well, technically I did minor in ceramics, but I don’t make ceramics anymore.
In fact, I’ve never taken a painting class in my adult life and have none of the technical skills many other talented and best-selling artists do.
When I first started painting, this was one thing that really stumped me up from time to time. How would anyone take me seriously when I said that I was just a girl who one day decided to paint a large piece for her own living room and found out that she was pretty good at it and she really enjoyed it?
What makes us each unique, special and memorable is our individual story. Maybe you did go to art school, and maybe you didn’t. I’ve heard from other artists and makers who went to art school and they admit that they still feel imposter syndrome!
How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome as a Creative Business Owner
One thing that’s helped is introducing myself as an artist. Sounds simple, but it’s step one in owning your thing. Maybe you’re not an artist, maybe you’re a wallpaper designer or illustrator or fashion designer—whatever it is—own that sh*t. If you don’t believe it, why would any one else?
Honestly, it felt a little funny at first. I felt like they might see through me when I said I was an artist. Maybe they’d think it was just a hobby, but I can’t change what they think. I can only own my own truth.
So, that truth is now in my social media bio, on my website, on my blog. When I meet others and they ask what I do, I say I’m an artist and explain my work a bit. It might feel funny or weird at first, but a lot of things are awkward and uncomfortable the first time we do them, right?
Owning that title is step one, so start small if you have to and go stand in front of the mirror and repeat after me—“ I am (fill in the blank with what you do!). My art/craft/etc. is worth sharing with the world. I create beauty that people want to buy or people buy the beauty I create. I AM AN ARTIST!”
So, I get it, this sounds like such a small step, but it’s a big one. Take ownership of what you want to be. The sooner you believe it, the sooner everyone else will too. You’ve got this!
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