I was 15.
It was the middle of summer and school was already out.
A couple of friends and I organized a garage sale at my house selling all the random bits and pieces from our rooms and basements.
For me, I painted phone cases and drew bookmarks with cute doodles.
That afternoon, a girl from across the street came to check out our garage sale.
She took a look at my phone cases and bought one for 5 bucks.
It wasn’t one that I was particularly proud of, but I was happy she bought it anyway.
That was officially my first sale as a freelancer.
I remember thinking in disbelief, “Wow, I can’t believe someone bought my art.”
What I learned from this experience was 2 things:
- Don’t hide away your art before putting it out to potential customers
- What you like and what your audience likes can be 2 completely separate things
It’s easy to judge your own work as an artist, but don’t let your own critic guide the way for everything.