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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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Happy Birthday Charlotte Bronte & Thank You For Jane Eyre | #TakeMeHomeThursday // Illustration

ay before the Kindle even existed and e-books were generally unheard of, my Mam had given me a game for my Nintendo DS that deepened my love affair with 19th century storytelling.

The name of the game was “100 Classical Books”, and I spent my daily commute to Munich for school with Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and the Bronte sisters. And, while I love Jane Austen and Charles Dickens – it was particularly the Bronte sisters that stuck with me.

Reading The Professor, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre [amongst others] deeply resonated with me back then – and today. Where Austen is often ladylike in her subtlety, humorously ironic and pleasurably romantic, the Bronte’s are angry, shockingly passionate, and demanding.

My sixteen year-old self, was particularly drawn to Charlotte Bronte and her “poor, plain, overlooked governess” (Harman 2015, 227), who makes for a very unconventional heroine.  After reading Claire Harman’s book “Charlotte Bronte: A Life” recently, my love for Jane and compassion for Charlotte has only deepened.

May I present to you my piece “Jane Eyre” (2017) 

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“Jane Eyre” (2017) by Cat De Pillar | Click Here To See Print

I am a firm believer that every creator leaves parts of themselves in their creations that transforms their work into little time capsules. Their emotions, their thoughts, their experiences, their favourite colours and smells – through their work we are able to experience little moments of life, even after the creators have long passed.

What has always appealed to me in the character of Jane Eyre, was her strength as a woman to stand for her own opinions and decisions, but also her willingness to believe that she was worthy of love – even if she could not boast of beauty.

Like her heroine, Charlotte and her sisters believed that no matter how horrible and humiliating the outside world was, “it was preferable to the state of feminine inertia” (ibid., 87).  I think many women can appreciate that point of view even today.

That’s why, for Charlotte’s birthday today on the 21st of April, I wanted to do something in not only her honour, but in appreciation of the woman she created: Jane Eyre.

Jane Eyre was the first fictitious woman I consciously was aware of who expressed her rage and who’s anger was allowed to “rush through the narrative of her life like the storm winds […]” (ibid., 226). As a woman who was unable to honestly express her anger and true emotions for a very long time – she is a great inspiration to me.

However, after reading Charlotte’s biography, I also know that she carries the ghost of Charlotte within her: The suffering, the misery, the defiant anger at the world and the role of women in it – the hope for a life lived in alignment with her vocation.

It’s all of this – and so much more that I cannot express – that I want to acknowledge and appreciate today, and with this illustration.

Happy Birthday Charlotte, and thank you for the heroine that has accompanied me ever since I tapped on your book on my Nintendo DS.

If you are a Jane Eyre lover as much as I am and want to take home a print, then have a look in my Etsy Shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/526292623/charlotte-brontes-jane-eyre-illustration?ref=shop_home_active_1

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Let’s Draw // “Earrach (Spring) 2017) Speed Painting // Art Blog

ey there lovely!

I’m really proud that I managed to create this Let’s Draw video for you BEFORE spring is over, and show you the making of of my latest piece “Earrach (Spring)” (2017).

 I truly love making these (Let’s Draw) videos for you, so if you like them, let me know in the comments below + share with me any video/post ideas you’d like to see me do in the future. [*singing Britney Spears “’cause I’m a….SLAAAAVE for you”]

I have written about the meaning behind this piece and invite you to have a look, if you are interested in some more details about it. You can read about it in this blog post. 

Also, if you want to snatch a print for yourself – I love you! – you can get spring as a “take-away order” in my Etsy shop!

For those of you reading this before Easter, I want to wish you a wonderful time with your family and friends [+ some quality alone time with all the chocolate]. If you are reading this at another time, then I hope you have a fantastic day 🙂

Lots of love,

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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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The Airplane Rule: Why Self-Love Has Nothing To Do With Being Selfish

“Much of your strength as a woman can come from the resolve to replenish and fill your own well and essence first, before taking care of others.” – Miranda J. Barrett

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If you have flown on a commercial flight before, you will most probably find the following scenario familiar:

You have finally boarded the plane, stuffed your (unwieldy) bags into the storage area above your seat and, as the Crew steps into the corridor to announce the emergency instructions, you start reading one of the magazines lying about….

No! Of course we all listen intently as the emergency instructions are presented by the pulling at, and blowing into, of various objects. In this context, there is one particular instruction concerning oxygen masks that I would like to draw your attention to:

“The cabin pressure is controlled for your comfort. However, should it change radically in flight oxygen compartments will automatically open in the panel above your seat. Reach up and pull the mask to your face. […] If you are travelling with children, or are seated next to someone who needs assistance, place the mask on yourself first, then offer assistance. […]”1

I have spent many years listening to – but not hearing –  the underlying truth and scope of that one particular instruction:

Only once I have taken care of myself first, will I be able to tend to the needs of others.

If I suffocate to death while struggling to help someone else don their oxygen mask– nobody has been helped. Well, the other person has, but I still die; that is clearly not a win-win situation. Additionally, as I am ME, dying is like the worst thing that could happen, as a result of helping someone else.

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Look For The Awesomeness Of Others & Learn To Find It Within Yourself (When Self-love Still Feels Hard)

“I’m looking for a world where love will no longer be extraordinary.” – Patch Adams

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Untitled-1hen I used to commute to school, I spent a lot of time waiting for trains at the Munich central station. I always had a book with me, or some other form of distraction, to keep myself entertained.

Sometimes, however, I just sat there and watched the people around me.

Munich central station is a huge place, and it is needless to say that hundreds and hundreds of people frequent it every day. I used to (and still do) love imagining how many ‘coincidences’ had brought us all into each other’s lives in that particular moment, as we stood waiting at the platform.

As I looked at all these people, I started playing a little game with myself. The game had two rules:

  1. I had to find one thing I liked about every person I looked at
  2. Even if there was nothing, I had to look until I could find something

Sometimes what I liked was a handbag, a haircut, a smile, or a certain colour someone was wearing. Other times, I admired the courage someone was demonstrating by dressing radically different, or the openness with which someone responded to my gaze and smiled back at me.

It could be something I loved about their body, their clothes, or the way they behaved in this weird situation; a situation in which hundreds of people were crammed onto one narrow platform, trying not to look at or interact with anyone.

And, even if there was nothing I instantly liked about someone, I accepted the challenge of finding something anyway.

It has been nearly eight years since the first time I started playing this game, and I never thought that it would have such a big impact on me.

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