I’ve been dealing with a lot lately; finishing school, my dog Molly getting sick and being diagnosed with Addison’s Disease, my Roommate moved out this last weekend with just a prior-days notice; and frankly, somehow I am holding myself together pretty well for all this. Parts of me have just wanted to run away and hide in a corner for a while, but I keep moving forward, there is no other direction to go. Here is an update on what’s been going on since school finished, and updates on my various entrepreneurial pursuits.
I have succeeded in my goal of finishing university and earning my BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurial and Small Business. My ultimate goal has been and continues to be; to be able to build a career off my art, writing, and creative pursuits. This is why I got a degree in Business, I wanted to do my very best to prepare myself for the business world.
In the initial days after I finished the last day of my class I descended into darkness, I felt totally lost, depressed, anxious, frustrated, I felt like I should know what I want to be doing by now, right? Has anything I have tried doing been worth pursuing further? So I start writing, and ruminating, and being super introspective, until finally I come up with a plan for this year, and something to start on for the next year too. This is good, I am on a track now, I have given myself tasks to accomplish.
Photography For Sale
Namely, to publish and post my photography for sale on RedBubble, and also to keep up with a corresponding photography blog on Tumblr http://emilyrosephotos.tumblr.com/ and to share it on various social media sites that I frequent; namely Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.I started that at the beginning of the year, and have fallen off doing it last month when Molly got sick, and I was just too busy or too tired to manage anything else. This month I have started again, you can check out my Photography at http://www.redbubble.com/people/emilyrosephotos
And Original Art Too
With the way the world is going these days, artists need to be able to manage their own businesses. It’s a hard road, I didn’t start making art to sell it, I started making it for myself, and became so overrun with art that my business-side kicked in and said: “Run a Business, sell your art, find something you love to make, and that the market will want to buy” – But the tricky part has been figuring that combination out. I have realized that if I want to be a successful artist I need to look at the the things that I love that my fans also love, if this means I lose some fans when I make the switch over to another experiment then, so be it, such is the way of things. I have to finish selling my finished art, or at least sell a majority of it before moving on tho; You can find my fine art originals for sale in my personal online art gallery at http://emilyrosetheartist.com (also, any sales I make of art will be going to help pay for Molly’s Vet bills! We still have a long way to go).
As one can see my looking at my current Flickr Portfolio https://www.flickr.com/photos/63357113@N05/sets/, I have dabbled in Just about everything, and I am no where near done adding my work to that portfolio, its simply a space where all my various media and mediums can intermingle in the same space. I have been an artist that has not always known what direction I wanted to ultimately pursue, but I think this is changing for the better; I have been brainstorming a plan and direction for my life and for my art career.
I have often flipped back and forth between multiple things, but I am working to narrow down my focus, to find my niche, I have an ultimate idea, and have just begun preliminary work on a plan, this will be my plan to start for next year. This year I am going to pursue sharing my photography, right now I am working on my earlier work, before digital, it sure does take me back to the slower days when Internet was dial up! Wow, how far we have come. I am also going to add more current art work for sale in my above mentioned gallery.
When I first finished my class, and I was rife with anxiety, everything felt really rocky, I felt like I was crashing into my mind and I didn’t know where to go next, or how I was going to get there. I couldn’t remember all the things I’d been putting off til after school. Instead I felt like I had to jump right into the corporate world or maybe that I was being called to teach. When I felt that my mind went straight to teaching highschool, or adults, or seniors, maybe online school; none of those directions felt right! I was so frustrated I didn’t know what to do. Grr! I’m glad I took the time to just sit down and be introspective, and to let myself deal with what was going on, it really helped me to focus, and I think people will really like the new direction I plan to go next year. I will probably start sharing bits and pieces about it privately to my email list, so sign up for that if you’re not on it already.
I have some really great pieces of art already for sale at http://emilyrosetheartist.com so be sure to check it out, all proceeds go to help me Pay for Molly’s Vet Bills, which continue to Pile up. If you are able to donate, I would much appreciate it, donations can be made here: http://www.gofundme.com/7jprcw My current goal is $1100, and I have raised $205, which means there is still $895 to go.
Do You Want To Read My Poetry?
I am also currently working on a promise I made to myself, I have been putting off my desires to write and self-publish my poetry and short stories until school was finished, and now it is! I also want to expand on some of the ideas for short stories and turn them into longer stories. Thusly I have partnered with a friend of mine to meet at least one of these ends; to self-publish a poetry book. Charlene also has a similar goal, and therefore, we have deicided to work with each other to help each other meet our goals. Hopefully people will like my poetry, I think I may start sharing some of it on my blog, let me know in the comments if you would like to read some of my poetry on my blog, Thank you!