A fellow artist and friend of mine, Zach Davis recently relaunched his website and is working on an amazing series of Artist Studies where he highlights local artists of all trades and features them on his blog. I was honored to have Zach swing by the shoppe a few weeks ago for an interview and photo shoot (the results of which can be found here).
In addition to having some awesome new photos to use for my business (I seriously love Zach's photography style) the little sit down chat was an awesome opportunity for me to reflect on my business.
Sometimes I get caught up in the day-to-day aspects of running a handcrafted studio & shop and forget about the bigger picture of why I started my own small business (especially when it is so close to tax time... blegh). It was great to have Zach stop by and ask me a few questions that helped renew my focus & energy. Sometimes it just takes a new perspective to refresh your passion and get your creativity flowing again.
Zach: What do you know now that you wish you’d known starting out?
Ashley: I wish that, especially having studied art, I wish somebody would have told me at some point in my education that you can actually make a living doing this. And it doesn’t have to just be a hobby. Because it’s totally possible. You have to really know what kind of lifestyle you want. And luckily the lifestyle I want is very much in line with what I’m able to create for myself. But my best advice would be to not say no to an opportunity if it arises just because of fear. The real reason that I’m doing this isn’t because I was an amazing seamstress or because I was the most creative person ever. It was because I tried something for fun and tried something new and when I saw the potential for it to be successful I didn’t let fear stop me. It was one of those things where I knew I had to try it. That sounds silly, but at the end of the day, I know that even if I don’t continue doing this, or whatever the future may hold, I’m never gonna look back and been like, “you should’ve moved into that store and you should’ve given it a shot.”
Be sure to stop by his website and read through some of his recent blog posts. I love scrolling through his other Artist Studies and getting inspired by all of the different processes and advice- Zach does a great job getting his subjects to open up about both the highs and lows of being a creative professional.
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