The Artists Reality Check: Pivoting my career without loosing Myself.

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing, but what you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.

Alan Alda, Actor, Director, Writer

Ok, let’s face it, we aren’t getting any younger.  LOL.  It’s sad but true.  But really, I still usually feel like I’m in my 20’s for the most part.  If you’ve been following my recent blog posts you know I’ve been working on new projects outside of our company scope.  It’s been an exercise in rejuvenation and reinvention – a breath of fresh air fueled by my own need to continue to create.  I’m still the same artist but I’ve started to pivot my goals. (btw…I never stop setting goals)  One, because I’ve fallen in love with something new and two, because I find that my future artistic goals do not include climbing a scaffold for the next 10 – 20 years.  Shocking, I know!

So, does that mean I don’t want to create large scale works anymore? Heck no!  And We Talk Chalk is still going strong.  But what it does mean, is that I’d like to move into a more traditional ‘Creative Director’ type role. I’ve been more of the ‘Main Artist’ of the company since our inception and that doesn’t really fit the definition of a ‘Director’.  The great thing is, running our own company allows me to make that decision if I want, but it doesn’t always mean I can find someone to replace my hand on the the wall or canvas.  That’s usually the most difficult part.  Which brings me to something 15 years in the making.   Remco and I would like to start sharing everything we know about running a creative business.

I’ve been teaching street painting and mural workshops and residencies for years but we want to take this to a whole new level. I want to be able to share everything I know with artists who are looking to take their creativity to the next level by really seeing everything we do step by step and piece by piece. So teaching things like creating large scale works of art, working with all types of clients, starting a festival, running a creative business full time and being a thriving artist with multiple income streams. Running a business is made up of a lot of moving parts but once you know the process and have the tools, it’s so much easier to navigate the waters, especially when things get turbulent.

So, if this sounds like something you may be interested in, keep an eye out over the next week because we’re going to get that ball rolling.

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