i. I work as a:
I am an Artist, Writer, Instructor & Entrepreneur.
ii. I do this creative work because:
I have to. To not create means to endure my thoughts alone; to not be true to myself. I find that through art, writing, and teaching I’m able to make the most of my life and connect with my inner-self and help others find theirs.
iii. A ‘typical’ day for me under Covid lockdown involves:
Enjoying my morning coffee, sometimes on the patio, while deciding what to create next and attempting to follow through. With essentially being on lockdown I’ve found the motivation to do so and have enjoyed to create and spend more time on my art than I ever could before. I’ve been finding new ways to bring positivity to the world and finding a comfortable new normal.
iv. Personal qualities that help me in my work are:
I am motivated and full of ideas. I’m not really all that good at relaxing until I’ve accomplished something for the day so that helps me keep myself accountable to create or at least brainstorm what to create until I’m able to put my heart in it.
v. The greatest challenges around doing this work are:
One of the biggest challenges around doing creative work is many creators create for themselves and if you want to make it a business you have to decide as an artist what you’re willing to do. Are you willing to create what the people want or are you going to create what you want and just hope for the best?
Many times it can also be difficult to be willing to take risks in your art. I can admit I’ve had some issues in the past being bold but it’s comforting to know that no matter what it’s my choice.
vi. Creative childhood hobbies:
As a kid I wrote a lot of short stories and illustrated them too. I also spent a lot of time outside drawing mini-masterpieces in chalk on my mothers sidewalk and the street. I enjoyed playing soccer, double dutch, ultimate frisbee, freeze tag and swinging on the swing set (leading to 4 broken toes).
vii. Other creators who inspire you:
This question is always impossible for me to answer, there are so many artists and creators who inspire me that I couldn’t begin to name, many I’ve seen on social media or art markets. Though, I find most of my inspiration comes from the world anyway; whether it be negative like a pandemic, war, or positive like an act of kindness or love.. I’m inspired by what it means to be human.
viii. Training that has helped me in this career:
Since I mostly paint and draw people, the training that has assisted me has been looking at, well -people. Seeing them, noticing their eyes, [hence seven EYE designs] and trying to see into their soul, sometimes even seeing myself.
ix. A common trap that can hurt people in this career:
As an artist trying to market and sell your work, it will often be lowballed or you’ll be asked for discounts and I think that would be a mistake, to sell yourself short is a mistake. I sold a large painting back in 2012 for $50 that I spent nearly 16 hours to paint, while it wasn’t about the money I didn’t really feel fulfilled walking away from that transaction. You can’t devalue your work or yourself.
x. Some proud career moments:
At 19 I was invited to teach middle schoolers how to paint portraits at David Thompson Middle School (Calgary, AB) which is where I first learned my love of teaching and sharing what I knew about art.
I event planned and hosted my own art exhibitions at 19 and 20 years old, and by 21 I had written a book [More Myself – Joella Daniela].
By age 24 I had started my own Paint Night Company – Create For Yourself. It was my way of sharing my love of art with others and it has been so amazing.
Present Day; I’m still painting, creating and due to the current state of the world I’ve recently created a way to still allow people to enjoy my Paint Nights from home.
xi. If you want to work in my field, I suggest that you:
As cliché as it will sound, never give up. Along with that, try to find supportive people who encourage you and are just as excited for your achievements as they are for their own. It will keep your heart alive. Find your inspiration to create and keep it close.
xii. A professional goal I have for the future:
I would like to continue to show people the joy in art. I also would like to one day have a platform where I am able to help other artists, creators, small business owners, motivators and those with the potential for greatness achieve their goals. I want to help people, help people.
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