hi everyone! please welcome meghan from nitelily glamour to the savvy summer interview series!
tell us a little about yourself, what do you create and how did you get your started?
My name is Meghan and I would make a little bit of everything if I had the time, but at the moment my main focus is jewelry. I started sewing when I was just in elementary school, but when I was 20 and living in Europe I decided to try and turn my creativity into a business. A couple of years later, after moving back to the U.S., I was selling pretty well online, but not that great in person at art festivals in my area. One day, I was looking to make collage brooches made out of vintage jewelry for my bags when I thought, if I can make brooches, I can make jewelry. That’s where my jewelry-making hobby started – and with some hard work, it has turned into a successful business.
apart from creating things, what do you do?
I am a science teacher, which most think is a contradiction because I make art. People then ask if I am left- or right-brained. Turns out I’m 50% of each, and it works out quite well for me to run a business and make art.
what handmade possession do you most cherish?
I don’t have a particular item that I most cherish, but I buy a piece of original art from a street artist in each country that I visit to remind me of my time there. I also collect handmade and hand-painted Polish pottery as well as vintage handmade artifacts from Poland (where my family is from).
what first made you want to become an artist?
Nothing ever made me want to become an artist. From my first memories I have always been creating, and am not happy if I am not using my hands. For me, creating has never been a choice; it is something necessary for me to be happy and fulfilled.
what’s your biggest dream?
My biggest dream is to make jewelry and sew full time. I would also love my designs to be picked up by a large company and be sold all over the world!
how do you manage your time?
Lists, lists and more lists! I guess the analytical/science person in me loves to be organized and keep tract of it all. I make tons of lists and have a great planner where I keep it all organized. It helps me manage my time better and remember things that I may forget before deadlines – like art festival applications!
what do you do when you’re not working?
I am married, have two dogs, eight pet chickens and dream of having a huge prosperous garden at our new house that we just bought in August. I love to travel and want to see as much of the world as possible. I enjoy cooking and baking with all natural, local ingredients – including eggs from my chickens!
what advice do you have for someone who is trying to start their own creative business?
- Try out all your ideas; it’s usually trial and error
- Don’t be afraid to fail; take chances
- Have people around that support you, not tell you that you won’t make anything of yourself
- Be prepared to spend a little money getting supplies, advertising, applying to art festivals and setting up an online shop
- Make what you love, not what is a fad at the moment
- Research: Do tons of research on your market, online sales, in person sales, etc.
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