A New Direction
Here we are almost through the year, and I’m feeling a change in direction happening in so many different areas of my life. I’ve spoken before about invoking change and getting my sh*t together before I burnout. It’s been coming — part of it already happened and the rest I knew was coming but have been too preoccupied to go with it as it relates to my work.
Someone recently asked me if I was still creating art. Back in high school, I was involved in the National Arts Honor Society - big words, people. I had an amazing teacher that I still remember to this day, Dr. Kerr. She would encourage me to put out my work and continue creating even when I went off to college - she even purchased supplies for myself and a few classmates for our graduation gifts.
However, somewhere along the way, I just stopped creating. I felt like I had no time. The odd thing is, I've always wanted to create and now I'm turning back in that direction. I just started doing it because I personally wanted to. And I missed this feeling.
“You have to show people your work and can’t expect for people to even hire you with nothing to show for it. “
So I started going through the process of redesigning my site, and did a lot of thinking. I took time to think through how I wanted it to represent my brand, the work I want to do, and the direction I want to go in my life. This doesn’t mean I’m abandoning the topics or changing names - which I’ve considered, but sharing more of my creative self.
For years online, I’ve shared that I’m a creative and I make things, but rarely shared them here. I had a separate portfolio site with all of my previous and current works, but now I’m combining the two. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and once I finally decided to do it, it’s done.
Now I’m dedicated to creating different pieces based on ideas I’ve had in my sketch book for years. I’m excited to put more time into my artwork and allowing it to be what its always been in my life. For those of you who were hoping for a big creative break with no portfolio: You have to show people your work and can’t expect for people to even hire you with nothing to show for it. Start small if you need too. I started by sketching on copy paper from my dad’s office when I couldn’t afford art supplies.
* Insert previous, unfinished sketches from my notebook
So think about something you already do or would do for years without getting paid? What is that thing?
My advice is, whatever that thing is, the thing you’d do (or already do in some capacity) for free for years, for forever — just keep doing that thing and pursue it with reckless abandon. It will work itself out. A lot of people feel like they have to make money from something right away, or have a business plan around it, or have the perfect circumstances to start.
I’ve used these excuses so many times before, but truth is: You don’t need anything. You just need to start doing it. Make it work.
Personally, I am really excited about this new direction for hellorven.com. After being a blogger for almost 5 years, I’m glad to see what’s next for me on this journey.