Next up, the wonderful Michelle of CreativeCritters.
1. Why do you do what you do? I create because I MUST. I've been making things with my hands since I was a small child, and I've simply never stopped. As my skills grow, I'm able to create more and better pieces. Having the ability to create nearly anything I imagine never ceases to amaze me. I'm incredibly grateful for my artistic abilities.
2. How long have you been selling online? Why did you start? I've been selling online for about 2 years. I've been on Artfire since Febuary 2009. I started selling online because I wasn't able to get to craft shows (I take care of my 93 year old grandmother full time), and the consignment shop I had been selling at went out of business. Selling online allows me to have more control over how my items are described, priced, and promoted, as well. I just love my ArtFire shop.
3. What's your inspiration? I find a lot of inspiration in the world of fantasy (which can be plainly seen in my many fantasy sculptures). I also find nature and animals inspirational. My mother is also an inspiration to me. She's also very artistically talented, as was my step sister Colleen, and my great grandfather. Other artists have always inspired me, especially those I'm related to.
4. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? It was a toss up between Vet, Artist, and Writer. I'm definitely an artist, and spend as much time as possible with animals. And I still enjoy writing, so I guess I actually had a pretty good idea of who I was from a young age!
5. Do you have a day job? My full time (unpaid) job is taking care of my grandmother. I've had a variety of other jobs, but this is where I'm needed right now. It's hard to say what the future holds.
6. What advice would you give to someone who just started selling online? Make sure you promote your work! The internet is a huge place, and you really have to work to get noticed. Try to learn from others online as well. I've learned so much from my fellow ArtFire artist since I joined the site. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Generally, other artists are more than happy to help out.
7. Anything you'd like to add? I'd like to thank you for this opportunity. I'd also like to thank everyone who has helped me get where I am right now. That includes my family (my mother, big time), my friends, who have always been incredibly supportive, and everyone on ArtFire. I've found some really wonderful people there.
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