Fame, Fortune, and Reality – Lori Anderson

23 08 2008

This is a timely subject to be assigned, as I just got interviewed by Fire Mountain Gems.  They said they wanted to include me in their “Jewelry Artist Success Story” section of their web site.

I’ve been interviewed before, by blog owners and once by the newspaper, but it never fails to knock my socks off in surprise.  The reality is, I am so busy pushing myself that I doubt I’ll ever classify myself as a success.  There are soooo many things left to do!  But it’s still such a wonderful pat on the back to get recognition, and it’s always an honor.

Some of my favorite pats-on-the-back come from being “sighted”.  While shopping at a bead show, twice I’ve had someone ask, “Aren’t you Lori Anderson?”.  They said they recognized me from magazine tutorials or remembering me from a show.  That was really cool. 

One time my work got recognized and it was a hoot.  A woman said, “That looks like something from Lori Anderson” and I said, “I *am* Lori Anderson”.  That tickled me to no end.

The reality, though, is these little “rock star moments” never make me think “cool, I’ve made it”.  Rather, they push me to keep progressing with my work, to keep submitting things to magazines despite the fear of rejection, to keep tweaking and improving and updating.  I also never forget the reason I got into the jewelry design business — to be able to stay home with my child, and be involved to the fullest with his life.

Fame and fortune are fleeting.  Being hugged and told “I love you, mommy” are forever.


Fame, Fortune and Reality – Annette Piper

17 05 2008


Do you wish for your name to be linked with something incredibly desirable?  Do you wish for financial success? 


Whilst most of us would like both fame and fortune, we are well mired in the reality of working for a living.  It would be lovely to be so famous for my jewellery that people seek me out.  That my jewellery sold instantly, allowing me ample funds to purchase more desirable stones. 


In my case I must find the time to source stones, create, make, and sell my jewellery.  All whilst being a full time mother and assisting my husband with the family business.  


And instead of fame, I am slowly getting known outside of my immediate area (word of mouth is an excellent technique for promoting your business, but it is rather slow) and I have a sufficient turnover of pieces that I can purchase more supplies.   


I have had opportunities to expand my business and increase my profile.  However I had to look long and hard at what these opportunities would ‘cost’ me.   Did I want to go from having a creative outlet which I really enjoyed and with only the deadlines that I put in place, or was I desirous of working to other people’s schedules, having to get in extra help and putting a lot of pressure on myself?   After much consideration I realized that I was making jewellery for the pleasure it afforded.  I didn’t want an ever-increasing workload, even if that meant staying small (and the amount of work I could create and the sales necessarily stayed small too).


I guess I could always hope that one day I’ll be ‘discovered’ and made famous for my designs.  But till then I think I endeavour to enjoy each day as it comes, to keep creating jewellery for both my sake and those of my clients who relish it as much as I do.  All whilst being there for my children and having the flexibility to work and to take breaks according to my own, personal timetable.





Quartz and pyrite necklace by Annette Piper Dip. Gem. Handcrafted Jewellery

Fame, Fortune and Reality – Susan Sheehan

17 02 2008

When it comes to our art or craft, most of us would like to eventually become famous.  Perhaps not recognized on the street, but certainly recognized in our medium.  In addition to feeling good about what we do, it is bound to increase our financial intake. But how does one become widely recognized and honored?  Or simply put, how do we get our name out there? 

Let me preface my advice by saying I am not famous….. Yet. But if I keep following my own advice, you’ll see my name elsewhere. Here are a few ideas to put you on the path to great fame: 

Get published – Write a how to article on a technique that has your unique twist.  Take great photos, write a clear concise set of instructions and see your name on the cover of a magazine at your favorite craft store.  You can also stalk the call for submissions at Lark Books.  Are you full of great advice?  Write a book. 

Teach – Teaching is a great way to get you known.  Each class is a slew of new faces that get to know you and what you do.  They tell their friends and have a memory of who you are for the rest of their lives.  Think of how many you could touch in the course of a year. 

Network – I know this one is widely used, but think about how you network.  Share your work with everyone.  Wear it, give it, or talk about it.  Join art organizations and participate.  Become a name seen among the members.  Become someone others in your medium can put a face or picture of your work to. 

Make a splash on the internet – If you are reading this article I know you utilize the internet.  But instead of just reading, participate.  Have a website and blog.  Join forums and post.  Join social networks and share pictures of what you do.   

Before you know it, people will start to know who you are.  You will get anonymous emails asking for your advice.  You may even get autograph requests.  Really!  It can happen to all of us. Any other ideas you would like to share I would love to hear.