Yesterday I had the pleasure of talking with Missy Ward for a bit. She invited me to be a guest on per podcast, Big Mouth Strikes Again, and I have to say, as nervous as I usually get, this was not only fun, it was very painfree. I always have a hard time talking about myself or what I do, but Missy made it an easy conversation, I only got stuck on a couple of questions.
We talked about how I got started in Design and how I’ve turned art into a career. We discussed how I got into affiliate marketing, places I blog, why I appear so darn happy, what makes me grumpy in business and what I wish I could do a little differently. We talked a bit about the JGoode doodles, how the penguin came to be and my own personal favorite creation (the smiley ice cream of course).
Finally, Missy asked some quick response questions, you know the gut reaction answer type questions… Many of my answers, listening back, seem pretty darn corny (aliens and cheesecake, really?), but it was a fun conversation to get into!
One question I wish I could answer all over again:
Missy: What superpower would you like to have?
Jen: (after stumbling in thought for a few minutes) “a super happy fairy wand” (or something just as riduculously silly). I was trying SO hard to come up with something uber cool and instead I spit out the most fooffy girlie poopoo answer there ever was. Really? Yeah, that’s me, just call me Jennie-tootoo.
If I could answer again, (although it’s still not a super cool power) I’d really like the Mary Poppins clean up song power. Just hum a little and the entire house is clean and as overly organized as I’ve envisioned. I really loath cleaning and in my dreams I see fabulously organized – everything – everywhere. My house on the other hand is not remotely close to what my mind’s eye sees. It’s a time thing – my motto is, “if you aren’t going to do it right, don’t do it” so anything and everything that could benefit by being put away in some orderly manner, usually gets stashed haphazardly because I’d rather it be super organized and “just so” but I don’t have the time just then… never ending cycle of disarray.
Anyhow, back to the interview…
I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to answer questions as they came. I’d always thought “how hard can it be to answer questions about yourself?”, but it really is. Not that I don’t have anything to say. I think it’s more about saying things in a way that others can understand, besides the little beings that live inside my own head. Tricky that is!
Biggest theme I came away with this conversation, besides me, is marketing for artists. It’s a tough task to be creative and not only know but succeed at promoting and selling that creativity. I’m still learning as I go, but I can happily look back today and see a great path I’ve traveled. I’m excited to see where this road continues to take me.
I really enjoyed the chance to share ideas and view points about what I do and the happiness it has created for me.
Listen to the interview with Missy Ward:
Read the show notes on Missy’s website – Thanks Missy!