Life is such a frustrating mix of ups and downs, starts and stops, mixed signals, and confusing messages.
And trying to determine if starting a creative business is doable is just like life.
I started off on this creative journey with no real plan. I just wanted to see what would happen. If any doors would open, if a clear direction would present itself. Somewhere along the line, the idea of selling my work again began to appeal to me.
But every time I think I have a plan, it turns out to be a dead end.
My jewelry line went nowhere, and now my mixed media art seems to be following suit. I can’t seem to find my audience. This is new territory for me!
When I had my store, I had an instant audience. My customers could see and touch everything, and most often, whatever I put out, sold. Now, having to rely on photographs, I have no idea if my lack of sales means my stuff just isn’t what people are looking for, or, the method of reaching people, isn’t reaching the people who would appreciate my work. Or, it’s possible it just isn’t any good! Hahahaha! I just wish I knew.
Now I fully admit, I have not gone beating the bushes for customers. I haven’t done any shows, I haven’t approached any stores about carrying my work. I was hoping that with internet sales, I would not have to do that. It’s just not my strong suit.
Creative journeys are seldom without their challenges and that is what I’m facing now. I am feeling discouraged, but, it IS part of the journey, so if I’m going to “keep it real” I need to share that with you, as well as all the cool stuff.
I have no answers yet. I love mixed media. I love making art. And I REALLY would like to sell it (as opposed to having it stacking up around here!) But I have yet to figure out if I have it in me to put in the work it looks like it will take to make it happen. I sorta thought this was like “If you build it, they will come.” Doesn’t look like it’s true in my case!
I may end up deciding that being creative for my family may be the direction I need to go. Maybe there is a way to use my mixed media interest in my scrapbooking. I don’t know! (picture me whining…)
Any way, I’ll keep you posted as my crazy life unfolds. I promised it would be a wild ride!