You’ve read them. I’ve read them. We’ve all read them. Those stories of being business-y or arty since they were 5 years old. Of having everything just fall into place by serendipity.
But what if that’s not my story?
What if it’s not your story?
Do we still get to play?
When I’ve been to workshops or read the about pages of those big name websites, the stories are all the same.
Business-y stories of buying lollies at the shops then selling them for profit behind the bike shed at school so the tough cookie tuckshop ladies didn’t catch them. Or getting neighbours to pay to watch a show with singing and dancing like a little Beyonce – would love to know how they pulled that one off! I never had neighbours that would have even watched, let alone pay! Who are these people?
Arty stories of creating an exact replica of the Eiffel Tower out of clag glue and paddle pop sticks for their grade 4 art project. Of people posting a couple of paintings on Etsy just to see what it’s all about and selling out in a day and quitting their day job six weeks later and never looking back. Oh, those stories hurt my heart.
I’m not either of those people.
I’m just a square bear that likes to get inky and painty.
I’ve spent most of my art life trying to figure out what my signature style is. And how to get my artwork “there”. “There” is of course, where my favourite artists are. A style people recognize as soon as they turn the page of Somerset Studio – before they even see the by line. Making a living doing that creative thing you do and being able to answer “I’m an artist” when people ask what I do. That just sits so much better than “I do paperwork in a stark office where I arrive just as the sun begins to warm your skin and leave just as it disappears behind the buildings across the road”. You get this, don’t you? You feel it too.
So if my story isn’t a typical arty story, or a typical business-y story – do I still get to play? Do I still get to dream big? Do I still get to be the one a few years from now telling other people how I did it? Will I still get the book deal or athe licensing agreement or the signature product line?
I think there is room for all of us. And an audience for all of us.
Someone, somewhere will love your art.
Even if your story isn’t the same as everyone elses.
Maybe that’s exactly why they will love you.
Because you have a new story to tell.
Big hugs – Coral. xo