Artists Arise

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Indivual or Organization

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Selling art through an agency?

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Comment by Laura Clifford on May 25, 2011 at 5:09pm

I have just joined this group and am so touched by your depth and transparency.  Kenneth, I took the liberty of copying your comments about awakening after the tornado and sending it to a friend in South Carolina.  I hope I did not violate  your confidentiality.  It did not have your name attached to it.  I thought it was eloquent and needed to be shared.

Mary, I understand your desire to embrace both art and the legal profession.  I come from a family of lawyers, and know that it is still a noble profession, lawyer jokes and jibes not withstanding.  I can see your center for abuse victims decorated with your art, and therapeutic art classes going on for the clients.  The two worlds can mesh.

Deby, thanks for the music!  I will definitely download it.  I have been amazed at the cupcake craze - there is nothing new under the sun, and here someone has reinvented the cupcake and making a living at it.  Amazing!

Deby, I'm working on my email  address list.  Trying to import it to a different email address that is tied to my website. Having difficulty as is generally the case, but I will plow through and get it done.

Billie, thank you for visiting my website and for your kind comments.  I intend to expand beyond chilrdren's books and write for grandparents (and other interested adults).  I'm having a blast! 

Blessings to all of you.  Thanks for letting me join your group.



Comment by anita foss on May 25, 2011 at 5:01pm

whoa! Things sure move fast around here. Sometimes it's hard to keep up. :) I wish some of these questions were posted as a discussion because it seems like some really great discussions might be getting lost in the thread.


Jason, One of my favorite quotes is "Brand happens." - Marty Neumeier

The best brands tap into the core of who you are, ...and then, they become.

Truth be told, you and I could probably put our marketing minds together and spin at least 15 different ways that you could take your Buzz brand. There are endless possibilities and we could find ways to work all of them. Marketing is a science. You try stuff, ..and test. ..see what sticks and how you can make it better. Pick the thing that you are most excited about ..and start. The rest will fall in place from there as it evolves. :)

I don't know if this helps, but I had an epiphany of sorts a couple of weeks ago. I realized that I don't have a lot of interest in "building a business." I am, however, very interested in working on "projects" or a series of projects. That might seem like a slight difference, but to me it was very freeing to think about and understand. 

I'll volunteer for the team. pick me. :)


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Comment by Jason Garey on May 25, 2011 at 2:47pm

Great piece about the cupcakes. There's a local company based in Portland, OR called "Voodoo Donuts". They've taken a similar approach and now have 3 locations.


The Los Angeles Times calls Voodoo Donuts an international tourist attraction.

Comment by Matthew Casteel on May 25, 2011 at 2:38pm

Hey all,

I haven't been interacting in this group even though I joined quite a while ago. I am singer/songwriter, worship leader, and entrepreneur. I most recently have been involved in launching my How To Write A Song website and podcast.  It's been a lot of fun and a great growing experience.  Looking forward to engaging in the community more and more.

Comment by Matthew Casteel on May 25, 2011 at 2:34pm

Deby, Sorry I didn't get you a date sooner, but would you and your awesome husband care to join me this or next week as guests on the HowToWriteASongPodcast


Let me know.  Matthew

Comment by Mary Moore on May 25, 2011 at 2:34pm

Thanks Kenneth and Eddie!! 

I've got a ton of forensics and law homework to do today and tomorrow so I may be scarce until that's done...

But have a blessed day! and thanks again for all of your support, advice, and encouragement!!!

Comment by Mary Carol Brown on May 25, 2011 at 2:07pm
Deby, loved the cupcake post and your friend is so right! We have got to have enough courage to market ourselves the way we see other businesses doing it!

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Comment by Deby Dearman on May 25, 2011 at 12:05pm

Thanks, Kenneth! We're all being inspired by each other today. :-)

Eddie, your words always inspire me.

Jason, you have all you need and I do bee-lieve it can all fall under the Buzz character. Just start and correct as you go. It will become obvious once you start building your hive. :-)

Comment by Kenneth R. Massey on May 25, 2011 at 11:57am

Deby...thanks for the free download.  I have loved that story for some time.  Your husband's song hits the nail on the head!  What a great gift and inspiration for me today.  I sincerely appreciate it.  I will read the blog you referenced later today.

Eddie...great word for today.  Hope you are safe and full of creative juices today!

Mary...keep going and take one step at a time as the Lord leads.  I like to see many steps ahead...but always come back to truth that He promises to show us only the next step.  Take that step with faith and trust the results to Him and you will never go wrong regardless of the "outcome". 

Jason...I will reflect on your post re:  Buzz Marketeer and respond soon. 

Comment by John R Lindroth on May 25, 2011 at 11:54am
Jason, do you have one main item to create your brand? I think that's all you need. I say pick the best and go. Internet marketing has tons of 'gurus', and all they needed was one first idea to get started. Just be honest and real, and don't sell junk :)

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