Today’s prompt is all about risks, the ones I might take, the ones I’ve taken, the ones that worked, and ones that did not.
I’ve been pretty lucky; took risks and lept into the unknown, even when it was unclear if it would ‘work out’ . However things went, the results were more opportunities, some hard knocks and more to learn. And leap again. About 30 years ago I started a floorcloth business, Ruby Slippers Studio, to address ‘making a living’, ‘making consistent money’ from a craft that embodied my sensibility as an artist but is a ‘decorative’ and ‘utilitarian’ product. I have indeed made many sales and commissions, but not enough to have a steady stream of income. So yes, it has worked out, in that I have developed my designs and craft and have some results, but no, it has not work out to garner that magical artists’ steady stream of income. I am a very entrepreneurial person, so perhaps the next risk should be to market them even more agressively.
Taking a risk is like being Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. You just need something to stir you up (like a tornado), a bit of power (like smashing the Wicked Witch & suddenly being the owner of a pair of Ruby Slippers). Then you need a community, some magic( like all the folks in Oz, even the Wizard, OR like an art community hmmm like C4 ATL perhaps)? Finally you need companions for the journey who will help you remember your heart, your brains and your courage, and yes the guardian, (which is what ToTo means in Sanskrit).
The way I see it, we are all on the yellow brick road and to be on the yellow brick road, to take a step, move forward is bravely, boldly taking a risk.
C4 community: ideas you have for marketing are most welcomed. Lovely to be on and adventure with fellow artists of heart, courage, and intelligence.