So I am in month eleven of business and it has been an interesting and humbling experience. My nephew asked me if I was loving “living the dream” the other day on the phone and my reply was…”well it’s a learning experience”!
It is fun to say ADD is in it’s eleventh month of business and it has been quite an experience. I am basically starting over in my career since I spent all my working years employed with companies so that no one really knew my name. I started working in Charleston in 1987 after graduating from college and it’s funny to meet people who don’t know me, but when I mention an event they may know and actually do end up owning one or two of my ad promotional items or tshirt designs from over the years. What a high that used to be when you would see something you designed on a person or hanging up in a store.
Anyhoo, it has been quite a learning experience to reach out to new clients and attempt to drum up business. I am proud to say that it is getting easier and boy have I learned a lot! I do stay busy with my national pet/art site dogs4thepaws.com. It’s amazing how many doors have opened from working with social media and bringing Dogs for the Paws to the social channels as well as bringing fun and a unique approach to helping animals in need through art and design. Too bad on the paying front that most of these opportunities don’t pay monetarily but in product. The product factor is good since I have four fuzzy co-workers who like treats and toys!
Many of my jobs that do come through are from the exposure Dogs for the Paws has given me and my art. It’s so funny that I can’t seem to break into design channels here in my hometown of Charleston, SC but people know my work from coast to coast and beyond. I’ve been featured in numerous online and printed magazines and blogs, Dogs for the Paws is a national award winning site and my work has attracted the attention of fans worldwide.
Then why is it so difficult to break into the local market? I can sketch, scribble, illustrate, cartoon, brainstorm, design and get graphic with the best of them! I guess that is a question for another day. Hi I’m Missy…and I’m living the dream!