Sink or Swim
Sometimes it takes a friend to sing your praises to make you get into the water. I do it for others and now it has happened to me.
Do you drive looking at the yellow line?
That is a good way to avoid accidents, but you also can miss the businesses along the way. Yesterday I delivered cards to a wonderful store a few blocks from my studio. A friend had been singing my praises there. It was time to make the contact and introduce myself. Now I have stepped up to make a place to show my paintings and cards that no one will see tucked into my studio.
The hat ladies were a commission. Each is an original. Once I got started I wanted to become a hat designer. Whoa, Nellie.
But I will continue making these images for awhile. They will be in this nearby shop (which I can promote) and on my fineartamerica website. Tomorrow I will show some of the miniature hats I made a few years ago. Best I stick to painting!
The proprietor and I had both worked for the Girl Scouts! Even if you feel shy about approaching someone for a business deal, there can be a common denominator to make both people feel comfortable.
What do you say to your friend who encourages you? Thanks and maybe lunch?
It is not necessary or even safe to go leaping into situations. Study the pros and cons, and take a chance with baby steps. Share your knowledge with others and they will be tempted to sing your praises,too. (Thanks, Toni.)