I haven't had anything to share over here in a looooong time, which mostly has to do with my focus on my Horror Blog. That, and I've been writing my novel (finally!!) and I just haven't been doing anything in the art and design world for a good erm... two years pretty much.
And that was incredibly hard for me to admit. It still is.
I was feeling burned out and I had also been looking at where my life was headed and wasn't entirely happy with the path I was taking. Working 8-10 months out of the year away from friends, family, and any hope of a healthy routine was not something I wanted in the long run.
But it left me with a big ol' question mark, if I'm not doing FILM or THEATER what on earth am I going to do with myself.
So I took a step back.
Since I've taken a step back from features, I've produced my own web-series, learned how to edit, taken musical theater classes (and freakin' loved them!!), started blogging (like a boss), been doing commissioned artwork, and WRITING.
Writing has been a big deal for me because it was always that one skill I felt I was OK at, but loved doing even though it wasn't as polished as my other skills. This past year in particular I've been giving my literary side a lot more loving.
I've discovered some new things about myself
- I like working independently on collaborative projects.
- I need a LOT of variety in my weekly routine to feel satisfied
- I need a fair amount of face to face time with friends and family
- I like acting
- I love singing
- I love writing, but I'm still terrified of it. lol don't think too much on that one...
- and drawing is like breathing to me. I can't stop myself from doing that even if I wanted to.
I've been learning a ton about blogging, social media and small businesses. All of these topics I think I'll start sharing here, because I think blogging, in particular, is a very powerful tool for artists of any type to get your name out there.
In light of everything happening in the world right now I've also come to the conclusion that
Art is important
Art, is the one thing I have to offer the world that I think truly adds to it in a positive way.
Because art may be one of the few things that can help us cope with what's going on. And I for one need it.
So now that I have a better grasp on what the blog is going to be talking about, beyond film-making, I'll posting one post every Friday from now on. It may be a lot of brainstorming to start, but once things get rolling you'll start to see more about the following things:
- The art community in CT/ New England
- Musician and Artist spotlights
- designing classes and courses for the arts
- personal art projects in progress, sculptures and the like
- how to promote your work through social media
- tools for advertising events
- how to get work as an illustrator
- how to step up a portfolio blog
- how to use social media like a pro - and not annoy the heck out of everyone
among many other thoughts.
As I spend some more time on my thoughts here, I'll start sprucing up the site, reorganizing and bringing this site up to par with what I've been doing over on HorrorMade.com. I may even switch this over to wordpress so I can have some more control over the design etc. But that's an issue for a later time.
Thank you so much for joining me on this journey, and I hope I can bring you some valuable insights into how to approach the world of art, and perhaps together, we'll figure out how to make a proper living off of it.