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If you can do (this), Why are you Here?

I had the blessing today of a drawing of mine being presented as a gift to a retiring administrator where I work. I was so happy for her to have it, and it was also great publicity for my artwork as many approached me afterwards. (Many were board members, dressed way better than I was).

I had people who know me as a "social worker" come up to me and say "If you can do this, why are you here?" It was encouraging and yet frustrating at the same time because I have asked myself that question so many times. It would be my dream to just quit and be an artist (and I SO want to quit!) but the income from art just isn't up to par yet.

I know that it will be if I just keep working, but it feels so painstakingly slow right now. I am blessed to have a second income while my art income grows, I just hope I can get out before it kills me. 

Going to hit it hard this year. 

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Comment by Rachael VT on September 19, 2012 at 8:24am

Thank you Ann, it will certainly help motivate me! Thank you for your words of encouragement.

Chris, I hope for you to be able to get out and live your passion as well! You paint some wonderful cars and I hope the coming year shows a lot of growth for you in your niche!

Comment by Chris Callen on September 19, 2012 at 7:40am

Rachael, I feel the same way. I work in a hot die casting plant and I would nothing more than to quit and paint cars all day. 

Comment by Ann Musico on September 19, 2012 at 5:52am

Rachael I think that is awesome!  Just having people see you in a different light, seeing your talent is a big deal.  Instead of being frustrated by their comment - use it as motivation.  You WILL get your art income where you need it so you can do it full time!

Comment by Rachael VT on September 18, 2012 at 8:45pm

Thanks Rich! I have been considering this, just haven't written down my thoughts yet. I intend to branch out to bigger galleries and to bigger cities. I need to pinpoint the places I want to show and the events I want to take part in next year.  I need to find the right market where people will not only appreciate my work, but also buy it. 

Comment by Rich Avery on September 18, 2012 at 4:34pm

Hey Rachel, you can do it!  If you haven't done so yet, make a quick list of the top 3 things that, if you did them, would make the biggest impact in launching your new business.  Then focus on those three things.  This exercise has been a big help to me in the past!

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