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Finding Your Tribe & Connecting With The People Who Matter // Interview

Finding Your Tribe & Connecting With The People Who Matter // Interview, Artists in Business Podcast, Alexis Fedor, Cat De Pillar had the pleasure and honour of being interviewed by Alexis Fedor [who, fyi,  has the most soothing voice in the world] for the Artists in Business podcast this summer, and I’m really happy that I can share our conversation with you! During our 30ish minutes together, we talk about how I was able to discover my tribe and how important it is to deepen your relationship with those few who resonate with your work the most.

 

In this episode we also touch on 

  • How to think outside of the “marketing box”, and find new ways to connect with the environment you live in, to sell your creative work/spread your meaningful message  [ ~ minute 3]
  • Why I started pitching my art to gynecologists [ ~ minute 7]
  • How I came up with my pitch to prospective clients [8:15]
  • The importance of storytelling [~ minute 9]
  • How your pricing is often tied to your self-worth [~ minute 14]
  • The importance of the “why” behind your work and who you are as an artist, and how that connects you with your tribe  [~ minute 18]
  • Being a creative, when your environment has no clue how to support you constructively [ ~ minute 23]
  • What I wish someone had told me earlier about the creative process [~ minute 25]
  • My most favourite, kick-in-the-cucu, book recommendation. [~ minute 27 ]

And finally: My best experience as an artist in business so far [28:35]

If you’re an artist or person who worries about not being able to find your tribe, or that you won’t be able to find enough clients to keep your revenue consistent and predictable, this episode is for you.

Also: If you really want to take your enjoyment of this podcast episode to the next level, turn it into a drinking game à la “How I Met Your Mother” for the word combo “and so”…. even if you only drink water, I’m pretty sure you’ll end up with some sort of poisoning.

Kidding aside, in this episode with Alexis I spill a lot of emotional beans on my life as an artist, where I started and where I am right now, and I hope that you find it helpful on your personal journey!

Let me know what you think!

I send you lots of love and hugs, and another thank you to the wonderful Alexis for having me and holding space for me and my journey,

Finding Your Tribe & Connecting With The People Who Matter // Interview, Artists in Business Podcast, Alexis Fedor, Cat De Pillar

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The First Rule Of Sub Rosa? Confessions Made Under The Rose Stay Under the Rose | On Becoming A Rose of Tralee

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“She was lovely and fair as the rose of the summer, yet ’twas not her beauty alone that won me;

Oh no, ’twas the truth in her eyes ever dawning,that made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee”

 – Edward Mordaunt Spencer / William Pembroke Mulchinock

As I imagine the scraping sound of a quill and the bleeding of heart and ink onto parchment, I wonder what truth it was that could have inspired William Pemproke Mulchinock to write his famous Irish ballad.

What truth or secret was it that lay behind Mary’s eyes and immortalised her as the Rose of Tralee?

With the first round of the Rose of Tralee festival coming up, I have thought a lot about this question and enjoyed some time researching the properties and the symbolic meanings of roses. [as you do]

I also realised that I nearly fell into the trap of a thought process that contemporary society is hard-wiring us to have.

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On Becoming A Rose of Tralee | What it is & Why I Want to Be a Part of it

Exciting news! I have been accepted to the Rose of Tralee International Festival [a big thing for Irish people 🙂 ] and I decided to document my personal journey as I participate, and share it with you.

This is a little introductory video on the festival itself and why I wanted to participate this year.

I am sorry if the sound is not ideal, but I really wanted to take my gear out into the woods and talk to you from there – if you can’t hear me properly, at least you will hear the rush of water and the singing of birds [which is way more interesting anyway].

I would love to hear your thoughts on this and can’t wait to take you with me on this exciting adventure!

Take care, xo

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#TakeMeHomeThursday | “Ruling the World (from My Couch)” Watercolour Illustration for Planners and Dreamers

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“Ruling the World (from My Couch)” (2016) Watercolour Illustration by Cat De Pillar | Click to view print options

As a videogame aficionado (heck, I’m actually pursuing an academic education in this field) I love seeing people wearing t-shirts with some variation of “achievement unlocked: [what you managed to do].”

Not only do they make me laugh, I always end up making up my own versions of the phrase, which I find highly entertaining.  Some of my favourites are:

“Achievement unlocked: I left the house today.”

“Achievement unlocked: I washed myself”

“Achievement unlocked: I tackled my to-do list and survived”

But my most favourite phrase – and interestingly, the one I usually think of first – is:

“Achievement unlocked: I changed out of my pyjamas today.”

YES! I admit to it – judge me all you like! [we both know you are guilty of this too]

I am one of those people who, if they don’t have to leave the house and have a day to putter around for themselves, they stay in their pyjamas. *I usually throw a XXL, bulgy, and absolutely unflattering jumper into the mix, just for good measure

And that, my friends, is what this illustration is about. [Although, it’s less about the disgusting, unwashed side of it, and more about that constructive emotional and mental space we enter into on those days.]

As we lounge on the couch, ideally with a hot cuppa and a notebook (the new one, not the thousand other ones you bought and are saving for “something special”), we are able to rule the world from our couch – by starting in our heads.

It is that beautifully cosy moment where we take some time to plan and and become clear on what we want in life. [or for dinner] Where we lean back into the soft cushions and imagine where we want to go, where we want to be, and what we want to achieve.

Where we surround ourselves with all the books that we have only read half-way through, but that inspire us just by lying in sight. Where we finally jot down the next steps we want to take; the next projects we want to tackle; the next experience we want to allow.

Where we take some time for ourselves; where we let go of pretences, and get to work on what is happening inside.

Where we are so much closer to ourselves and what really matters to us ,  that magic is possible.

Illustration Details: 

Watercolour and ink on 150 g/qm watercolour paper.

Let me know what you think and share it with all your friends to give them a subtle hint! [that staying in your pyjamas all day is awesome, of course]

I send you my love and a big hug,

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A Four-Step Process To Help You Face Your Fears & Leave The Comfort Zone

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Facing your fears and leaving the comfort zone is hard. Sometimes, pursuing or having what you actually want in life can feel downright brain-freezing, blood-chilling, and body-shaking scary.

Even though you know you want to be the next crazy cat-lady and have more cats than any crazy cat-lady has ever hoarded before, you are afraid of expanding out of the comfort zone and making your dream a reality. The resistance you feel is so uncomfortable and overwhelming that you spend most of your time avoiding your dream. *keeping only one cat, e.g

The fear of what might lie beyond our worn out, cosy and safe comfort zone, is often what stops us in our tracks towards a better life. *and makes us refresh our Facebook, or Instagram feed

Ironically, while we are too scared to do what we want, we are also unhappy in our comfort zone. Needless to say, if we are trapped in this numbing place of non-action for too long, everything just boils down to a  huge pool of “meh.”

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