Whew! So, suffice it to say, I have not been doing very well at this whole blogging thing. Shoot, it has been over a year! Ahhhh!!
But the major reason is not for anything detrimental - just the fact that this not-so-little business has been keeping me very busy! And for that, I am very happy and grateful! And so very thankful to all the industry professionals and friends I have met along the way, the truly awesome Clients that keep my creativity fueled - and the hubs who continues to support me through the thick and thin. :)
So let's chat support. And not financially, but emotionally and through the trials of being your own boss in a creative field. Truthfully - being a calligrapher or letterer can be very isolated week by week. Sure, there are emails and real people on the other side of those emails - but the human face-to-face interaction is rarely ever there. We send most items through snail mail. We are the quiet shadows that drop off signage at the venue when people are hardly ever there (or everyone is busy setting wedding stuff up). And, for the most part, we work from home.
It can be very lonely. And even though I am a semi-introvert (I claim to be an outgoing introvert - the description fits my personality) - and am perfectly okay being alone (in fact, I love it!), I also need to be among other people here and there in order to feel 100%.
So in order to not become a complete calligraphy hermit - I do attempt to put myself out there. One of the first - and best! - steps was becoming a part of The Wedding Space. The invitation to be a part of that space is one of the significant milestones in my lettering journey! Having a shared space with four other wedding professionals is perfect. Not only does it help me creatively, but having the constant contact with like-minded (and wedding obsessed!) women is truly empowering and therapeutic when times get rough and you need a guiding light and support.
Secondly, this year I vowed to put myself more out there and actually attend wedding industry events. Now, I will be honest and say that I am horrible at social interactions like these! A room full of people - some I know, most I don't - is not in my comfort zone at all (read - outgoing introvert - it takes me a loooooong time to warm up in a crowd). Plus, I am not good at small talk. I will say, this part I am still working on and it hasn't been completely successful. I am so much better meeting up with one or two people for tea or a drink...
Which leads me to the next point - and that is reaching out and connecting with people who are calligraphers or letterers in the San Luis Obispo area. It is like what they say about being a couple - couples need other couples, it's just the way it is (HIMYM reference there!). Well, creatives need other creatives in their field! It seriously helps to talk with someone who is doing what you do - and to hear their stories and how they have handled certain highs and issues. As much as I love my husband - he can't completely understand what I do (and I won't even try to understand what he does - it's finance - so snooooooze). We need other people in our industry to relate to, and to be our support - as well as be their support system. Last night, I had a great couple evening cocktails with a fellow letterer - and thoroughly enjoyed chatting about our industries (and life!). Being out like that reminded me how important it is to have that type of interaction. It is difficult to reach out to someone you don't know and be, like: "Heeeey - love your work! Let's meet up!" But, you will be amazed at the response - because more often than not, it is always positive!
Bottom line - support among peers - important and essential no matter what you do. And never be afraid to put yourself out there when you need help and guidance.
Pretty pic from one of my suite mates!
Photographer and Designer - Samantha Josette
Linens - Blush Fine Linens
Venue - Rava Winery
Rentals - All About Events + Avenue Twelve + Lovelyfest
Florals - Flowers by Kim
Cocktails - Copper & Crystal
*Table number and acrylic stand are part of my signage rental inventory. Programs were from a real wedding in November of 2017 - one of my favorite wedding to date!