So if you've been reading the last few posts, you already know about my recent waking-state public speaking debut: yes, this was the first time I've had my lips anywhere near a microphone or my face in front of a crowd outside of that old recurring nightmare that for my entire adult life has managed to pop up during times of extreme stress: the one where, as I often did growing up, I'm back giving a talk in church ... but being a nightmare, of course, I appear at the podium in various states of undress and/or sleepwear, and as the dream takes place in the present and I was still a child the last time I prepared a talk for church I've completely forgotten what the talk was to be about, and my notes are probably back in my old bedroom in the house my parents sold 26 years ago so they won't help me now.
What, you don't dream stuff like this?
Um, ok, well ... anyway.
I have to admit that I surprised myself by not only willingly but excitedly participating in the recent Surtex seminar program ... and it really did prove to be fun (no, really, actually fun, not just less-terrible-than-standing-before-my-childhood-church-congregation-as-a-stuttering-pajama-clad-adult, but fun). Chatting with Dena and Kate (both amazing women!), answering questions, meeting all the enthusiastic people wanting to learn more about the business - it was a great experience from my point of view and I hope it was for all who attended.
(thanks, Leyla Torres, for the photo and the mention!)
But it seemed to have left me on some kind of crazy high or something, because later that day when the amazingly prolific, clever and connected Tara Reed bounced past my booth with that irresistibly sunshiny smile of hers and asked if I'd be up for a quick video interview about licensing, I (quite uncharacteristically) mumbled something like, "sure, why not...?" and only cringed a little when she enthusiastically grinned "Great! I'll be right back with my camera!" (for some reason I thought she meant some other interview, some other time, perhaps someday in the far and distant future - you know, maybe even in a galaxy far, far away...).
So. All this is just to let you know that if you're at all curious about what I might have to say about my Adventure in Art Licensing, in minimal words and without forethought (it is quite possible my notes for this presentation are still back in my old bedroom at the house my parents sold 26 years ago), hop on over to Tara's Art Licensing Blog to see my interview, and while you're there check out all the others who have shared their own licensing stories. Wow! Once again Tara has taken a teensy spark of an idea and turned it into another incredible resource for artists looking to grow their business - this girl just blows me away with all she manages to accomplish, I'm pretty sure she has not only figured out how to exist without sleep, but how to control the Space-time Continuum and I am eagerly awaiting her telesminar and eBook on Warp Speed.
The one thing you are pretty sure to come away with after watching (aside from the fact that I can make my lips completely disappear) is this: Beth Logan had no idea what she was doing. I mean, just in case I didn't make it clear enough by repeating that several times during the interview.
But it is true - even just a few years ago the kinds of resources that are available to artists now simply didn't exist. There is a wealth of information out there now to help creatives find their niche and pursue their own Art Business path. Stumbling blindly into stuff is pretty much how I roll, in general. Others, however, may prefer an actual plan, even goals, so I've added a new section of art licensing links in my sidebar.
And the cats drinking coffee?
My very first licensed design. Although technically, Espresso Time was really the second time I licensed a design ... the first was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away ... seriously long and far, longer and farther than I care to think about: primordial ooze, dinosaurs, Beth's first licensing deal...