Episode #78 // Making Art for a Living with Becky Simpson

"Starting is the hardest part, so if it's hard for you, you're doing everything okay. It's normal."
- Becky Simpson

Today we’re welcoming illustrator and author, Becky Simpson, who has just launched Chipper Things, a product line based on her art. So today we’re talking about what it really looks like to make a living creating art, self-doubt, and naming your business.

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Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Becky’s decision to become an illustrator and author (6:22)
  • Diminishing your early dreams and goals as a creative entrepreneur (12:00)
  • Embracing your style (13:47)
  • The hard parts of the “dreamy” artist process (17:43)
  • Using your personal name vs. a business name (26:50)
  • Tips and logistics for illustrators and makers who are just starting out (36:43)
  • Focusing on creating the work you want more of (39:32)
  • Advice for people who want to get started with their creative passion (42:45)

Hardest part of starting a business

BECKY SAID:

I created this mantra for myself: 'If it's not fun, you're doing it wrong.' Click To Tweet Starting is the hardest part, so if it's hard for you, you're doing everything okay. It's normal. Click To Tweet The best feeling is when I give myself permission to just fail. Click To Tweet

Give yourself permission to fail

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TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Becky's decision to become an illustrator and author (6:22)
  • Diminishing your early dreams and goals as a creative entrepreneur (12:00)
  • Embracing your style (13:47)
  • The hard parts of the "dreamy" artist process (17:43)
  • Using your personal name vs. a business name (26:50)
  • Tips and logistics for illustrators and makers who are just starting out (36:43)
  • Focusing on creating the work you want more of (39:32)
  • Advice for people who want to get started with their creative passion (42:45)

RESOURCES DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE

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