There is no way that I would be where I am now, without the generosity, help and support of a whole airship full of people. Some of those actually won't mind me outing them here. Others have made me sign a confidentiality agreement, just in case my business venture fails and I go all "Octo-Mom" on them.
From discounts on supplies (do Not overuse this one. The suppliers are barely eeking out a living just like we are)- to trading art for modeling photos. From more trades for prime advertizing space in the greatest Blog to ever exist The Bloggess- to borrowing a vendor's studly husband for hefting wares at an art show/concert Steamstock 2012 . These are just a steamy little bit of the monster steam engine of help that I have asked for, and received.
|Dark Beauty Magazine|
|Ladies of Steampunk Magazine|
Going it alone in this business is near impossible unless you are already famous, already rich, or both.
Anyone starting out with little money and less name recognition has about as much chance at making it big as Paris Hilton has of convincing people she is still a virgin. Maybe less so.
So I have swallowed what was left of my pride and I have drafted emails, hand written cards and sent out boxes and boxes of my art to people who may or may not even know it was coming. With a Priority Mail box and a prayer, off it goes. So far (to my knowledge) no one has file 13nd my gifts or ignored my request for help. 100% of the people that I have sheepishly approached have said.... "Yes".
|The lovely Audrey|
I am either very lucky, somewhat talented, or that good Karma for saving the life of the man I gave CPR to in 1991, is finally kicking in. Either way, I am eternally grateful (as a practicing Buddhist, this could be for a very, very long time), for the long list of "Yes", "Sure", "Of course" and "When I get time, yea".
I have asked for pricing advice, marketing advice, photo taking advice, supply line ordering advice, makering advice, patina/aging advice, bookkeeping program recommendations, product advice and held naming contests.
I have asked the most beautiful women on the planet to model my jewelry and they all said "Yes".
|Kato (My jewelry coming soon)|
Dr Brassy as a Zombie in the LOS "Dead End" Webisode
So this Blog is a little about encouraging others who are struggling to ask for help, and a lot about thanking those people who have, when I asked for the Moon, said "Would you like that gift wrapped to go?".
Here is my list of people (alphabetically) who made me who I am and who I thank, in my heart, every single day.
Anastasia Heonis/Acid Pop Tart/Voodoo Baby
Brenda Sue Lansdowne of Bsue Boutiques
Eric Jon Larson-Teslacon
Erin Layne of Myth Masque
Gail Folsom aka The R.O.S.E.
Ilana Murray of The Golden Gear
Jack Dean Stauss of Myth Masque
Jenny Lawson-The Bloggess
Kari Turner-My daughter who runs my booth at fairs
Kato-The One and Only-Kato
Pamela Newman of Fairyscapes
Pat Pemberton of The Tribune
Phyllis Smith-My Mom, who literally "Made" me
Scot Violette aka Professor Algernon
Sean Makiney-Ladies of Steampunk
Sean McCaffrey-Ladies of Steampunk
The Whole League of S.T.E.A.M.
Thomas A. Anderson
Thomas Willeford-Brute Force Leather
Topher Adam- Dark Beauty Magazine
Trip Hope -League of S.T.E.A.M.
If there is someone not on this list that has given me a leg up, it is either because you were so rockin' that I made a bronzed plaque of your name and it sits at the foot of my bed so when I sleep at nite, you are right there with me, or...I am a doofus and simply had an inexcusable brain-fart which begs forgiveness.
There is that "asking" thing again.
Sending much love and admiration to you all......