Thursday, August 8, 2013

ArtBiz Jam Interview with Myself

One of the 12 "Quilt" pieces that make up the ArtBiz Jam Quilt that each participant will make.

All month I have been sharing interviews with the ArtBiz Jam instructors and now it's my turn to tell you why I wanted to be involved with this "retreat".

First, a little about the gathering.....

ArtBiz Jam takes place at the beach in Destin, FL . In addition to creative classes, organization tips, PR and marketing ideas. Anne Brown of Magnet Works will be discussing what a product developer wants to see in a portfolio presentation. I, for one, can't wait to hear what she has to say.

There will also be plenty of time to relax, network and share information.

Dates for ArtBiz Jam are September 18-22

Registration closes August 10 (Saturday)

Here's a link to the classes and schedule.

And now, an interview with me.

Why did you want to be involved with ArtBizJam?

Every time Phyllis and I got together we would talk about some of the workshops that Lori and I have done together and how much we got out of it. I think, as artists, we are often alone in out studios working and wondering what the heck we are doing. Workshops are where I have met most of my closest friends. It's nice to be able to call or email them and ask for advice. 

What will people get out of attending this particular workshop?

A supportive community of like minded people who share the same interests. Most of what I know about licensing comes from other people in the industry. It's amazing what you can learn over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

What makes this workshop/retreat special and different from other workshops?

For starters, the size. We wanted to keep it small and intimate. While we are offering "classes" and sharing our experiences we want to address specific concerns that the participants want to discuss. We will be sending out a questionnaire so the attendees can let us know if there is something that they want us to address.


How do you reconcile your passion of creating art with the business side of art?

 I like solving problems creatively and I approach the business side pretty much the same way that I approach the creative side. "Whistle While You Work" or "A Spoon Full of Sugar" describe it best.  :  )

What are you looking forward to fun-wise with ArtBizJam?

Meeting new people, laughing and sharing. Also being on the beach. I can't think of a better place to host a workshop.

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