I went to college to study biology, but I couldn’t stay out of the art room. I’d figured science would be the more practical route, so I didn’t sign up for any art classes (even though that’s what I really loved). I ended up graduating with degrees in fine art and journalism, but they hadn’t said much about the business side.
I’d no idea how to make a living as an artist, so I went to work at a newspaper.
I’d get free tickets to any concert or event in Minneapolis, which was especially fun in my early 20’s. But my favorite press pass was to a very small reading with Maya Angelou.
That was a moment that changed my life forever.
I’d snuck the press pass out of my editor’s mailbox. I was at a point in my life where I hadn’t painted in ages. I’d had an art professor who gave me my lowest grade and insulted my work during a class critique. Then a gallery owner wouldn’t hang my painting where I wanted because I said I liked the way the art matched the color of the wall. I was working full-time and I had no time for creativity.
So when I heard Maya read her poem Phenomenal Woman (if you haven’t read it, please do), I got shivers between my shoulder blades. I felt the power of creativity again and knew I had to return to my art.
It wasn’t long after that I quit my “dream” job at the newspaper. I had no idea what I was going to do or where it would all lead, but I knew I had to return to my heart. It took many different jobs after that – as a journalist, photographer, graphic designer, floral designer, website developer and more – before I finally realized the only thing I could put my heart into was being a full-time artist.
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