As a wood carver, I'm out of the art and craft world, and not out of the writing world. And, when I first started out, I wanted to dig down deep
into my imagination, and try to come up with ideas that nobody had ever thought of before.
This was going to require taking chances, and if I did that, I was going to have to learn to take it on the chin; get my share of egg on my face; suffer through a few embarrassing moments; and eat my share of "crow."
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All of us know, that the field of creativity; ideas; and idea development is quiet subjective. All of us have our own opinions about this important area of our lives. There are no rights or wrongs in the idea business! Whatever is right for you...go with it!
One of the first things I did when I started out carving wood, was to carve pieces that made ME happy! I didn't go into this because certain types of wood pieces would sell, such as a roadrunner; santos; religious pieces and so forth. Everything I do...I do it to make me happy FIRST!.
And, there are so many pressures in life...to do this...or to do that...because somebody thinks it's the best thing. We have all these
"experts" in life to contend with all the time, and they think they know what's best for us.
I would never make it in politics, because I'm an independent thinker, and I don't necessarily care what the parties are doing, and I don't care what the Jones' or the Garcia's are doing either!
One of my favorite movies, was Dead Poet's Society, with Robin Williams. In it, he played a high school teacher, and the movie was set in the late 1950"s. During that period of time, in which I was around, it seemed like many people were a clone of each other...with the pressure of doing things alike. All a bunch of "look-alikes." Not much independent thinking here.
Robin, in the movie, would teach his students, the value of independent thinking. And, because this was not the norm at the time, he would get iln trouble with school officials, and he got fired from one job after another..
All of that thinking changed in the 1960's, when the cry was "do your own thing!" Independent thinking was now more acceptable.
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I think the single most important thing in taking chances with ideas is..
honesty! Any person getting into the idea business better take a self-evaluation and be honest with themselves, as to whether or not they have what it takes to get into the idea business in the first place. You can regret it, if you're not careful.. .
A couple of key ingredients in all this, is for the individual to have a lot of confidence in themselves and high self-esteem. Those who don't, should never get into the idea business. In building a website, all of our ideas are out being exposed for the world to be seen and to be judged.
Many of us, come up with ideas around the home, and the workplace.
But, if some of these ideas we come up with are real stinkers, there are usually not many people that know about it. Okay, to you get laughed at at work by a half a dozen people...big deal.
However, if you take your work and ideas out in front of the public, it's a different story. To participate in an arts and crafts show in front of thousands of people, for example. And, It takes courage to do this, and I wrote a piece, which may be of interest to you entitled;
And, it's about a woman who had done wonderfully with her craft work, but could not get up the courage, to go out and show and/or sell to the general public.
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The state of New Mexico is blessed with thousands of talented artists and craftspeople, and there are dozens of quality shows all over the State.
Over the years, I've participated in over forty arts and crafts shows all over the State, and there were some shows, which could generate thousands of visitors in a given week-end. So, a person doing something like this better have high confidence and self-esteem, because you never know what might happen. And, yes, I've had my share of "bombs" over the years, and that will be another idea for an article..
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As a wood carver, I very quickly went "against the grain," and found myself carving some of the most silly and unusual things my imagination could come up with. A few examples;
A friendly octopus; Flu Bug Sick In Bed With The Flu; Basket Case; Parents Running Away From Home; A worm, wearing a tiny football helmut ; a caterpillar on a branch wearing a brown derby; a little black bear cub in a red and white baby high chair; a lion sitting in a bathtub; a VW with two front ends; a faucet with a water drop coming out of it; and the list goes on and on.
When I took several of these pieces to shops and galleries in Old Town; Santa Fe and Taos...the answer was the same. My work wouldn't sell...the public in this part of the country people wanted roadrunners; cowboys and indians; bulls and so forth.
Well, most of these "experts" don't know much of anything, because, over the years, I sold almost everything I've ever made! And, every time I would sell a silly piece at a show, I would ask the question; "Why did you buy this piece? The answer was always the same; "Because I like it!"
And, because of the experience I gained with my woodwork, I use the same approace with my website...take a few chances...with common sense!
So, depending on your field of interest, I would give the following advice; Do what makes you happy first; Be honest with yourself, as far as your capabilities, abilities, and limitations are concerned; And, start out slowy...patience is a virtue.
But, if you're looking for something easy to do, I would suggest that you
go back to school to become a rocket scientist or a brain surgeon!