Last week, my super intern worked on telling her story, which is a key part of marketing as an artist. It's a simple formula that takes all the messy complication out of figuring out your tale. A Mad Lib of sorts, from the ever inspiring Austin Kleon in his book, Show Your Work. It goes like this:
Once upon a time, there was (fill in the blank)
Every day (fill in the blank)
One day (fill in the blank)
Because of that (fill it in)
Because of that (you know what to do here)
Until finally (finish it with gusto!)
My story, for example, might be this:
"Once upon a time, there was a girl who was banned from art forever by her very own mom. Every day she went to work as a banker, one of the least creative jobs on earth. One day, a friend dragged her to an art class. Because of that, she discovered an incredible new world where no one could be banned and playtime and work time were all mixed into one sandbox. And because of that, she tackled art instructors to the ground, insisted on extreme lessons and practiced and doggedly pursued her craft until finally she became a real, live artist and lived happily ever after in a wild state of play."
It is a super simplified way to figure out the answer to the question "what's your story?" and can be used for pretty much any field you happen to pursue. Give it a try! My intern, Fiona, insists I reward one lucky Mad Libber for their efforts. So post your story in the comments below, and one inventive storyteller will be selected by Fiona to win a whimsical art print to be packaged by Pongo and delivered by pigeon (or postman) to their door. Ready? GO!
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1/27/2019 07:15:29 pm
Once upon a time there was a girl who loved art but had a baby way too young. Everyday she cared for him and a sister and brother. One day when they were almost grown she decided to buy some art supplies. Something was missing in her life and she needed to follow her dream of painting something wonderful some day. Because of that she opened a paint studio and learned her love of children and art could be combined in a beautiful way. Through teaching classes she was amazed to discover special needs kids/adults have the ability to express themselves even when they are unable to verbalize. This set her world on fire! She now paints almost everyday day and tries to help others fall in love with this form of expression. Until she is happy with her skill set she will never stop pushing to learn new techniques. More importantly she will always bring art to those others skip over....
1/27/2019 08:02:22 pm
oooooh TRINA! I am so happy to know your story! Well done, painting goddess! Fiona will be reviewing the responses this week. :)
1/27/2019 08:49:40 pm
Once upon a time there was a girl who roamed the woods and gazed at tbe stars. Her head was filled with stories and her heart was filled with dreans of adventure which she acted out in he4 back yard. But one day her mother decreed that time for dreaming and wildness was over. She shoved the girl into a dress, washed her face and sent her off to charm school, not once but twice. Because of that the girl kept her adventures and dreams inside until they spilled over into notebooks and reams of paper which she treasured like gold. One day the girl met a swashbuckling, malarkey making artist wizard who listened to her stories and told her it was time to share them with the world. The wizard and the writer combined their dreams and ideas and a book was born. Now the dreamer spends her days in a lofty room spinning more tales and living happily ever after.
1/28/2019 11:17:10 am
Oh my goodness Dana! I got teary reading your story! Charm school! Dresses! And you in a lofty room spinning like Rapunzel...I am so happy to know you. xo
1/28/2019 02:27:25 am
Thanks for helping me get a grip of those awful monkeys and a chance to tell my story!
1/28/2019 11:20:12 am
Carol! I had to look up "aliyah" - love that word! Never too late is right! I adore your story....pursuing your dream, setting it aside for another dream (family and aliyah) and then bringing it back out just like it was yesterday. I say that because your art is fresh and fearless and you wield it with vigor!!! The world is a better place because you put art out there in it. xo
1/28/2019 08:21:20 am
Love the questions. I may give it a whack for fun. The painting is whimsical and dare I say it full of malarkey!
1/28/2019 11:21:09 am
Dare! Dare! It is as malarkey-full as a life drawing can get! ha ha! Hope you will give it a whack...your story is a GRAND one!
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