Well this is my plan for today. The little art book has loads of paintings that I want to read about and I’m going to cross-reference them from the gallery website and find out about the new collections there, because I start my new job THIS THURSDAY. And I always fancied being one of those art boffin types.
I have a few new paintings and a couple of sketches and like, a million ideas so I’m going to work on those this afternoon as well.
Yesterday I spent the day in Edinburgh and I grabbed the chance to speak to one of the street performers. I’ve been fascinated by him ever since I was small. Turns out he has been doing his performances (he has quite a variety) for a long, long time and what I loved was that not only does it still thrill me to watch him but that after all these years, he hasn’t lost one ounce of enthusiasm. I still get the feeling that as he performs he is the happiest he has ever been. We chatted and he was telling me how women are now coming up to him pushing prams and remembering when they were little the impression he made on them. I figured that what he has is exactly what I’m aiming to create with Sense Of Self. Something I’m happy to do every day forever, that makes people think a little bit more and to share a smile.
The bit I liked the most was that as a man, he was everything I imagined he would be- polite, cool, passionate and it felt good to be able to speak to him.
That’s what I’m aiming for.
The world voted number one fear is public speaking, however I find it comes rather naturally to me. I used this to my advantage after the Young Entrepreneur competition as I was asked to speak at the local primary schools to tell them of my success. It was funny because a lot of my teachers from primary school now work at other schools, so I managed to get in touch with some of them and go out to speak. I have to admit though, I still find it exciting to know their REAL names, and to be in the staff room!
I found that yes the children would be polite and sit quiet and listen to me but I wanted to inspire them, not bore them to tears. I had taken my sketch book along to one primary school and had all the classes draw things that made them happy (lots of ice creams, sweeties and weirdest of all, a bum??) I felt really good after that day because it really felt like I might have inspired them to work a little harder or be a little nicer to their teachers. They loved hearing about their teacher being my teacher too and what I noticed was the complete joy when I revealed to them that you can actually do a job that you really love.
To be honest I feel comfortable talking in front of big groups, small groups, adults and children but the most terrifying was speaking in front of my year group at school. Any year below me was absolutely fine, but my year group was much more daunting. I think it was just because I knew them properly and if I had made a mistake (which would have been fine) then I had to still spend time around them in classes.
There are a few more schools I plan to get in touch with after the summer and then when Sense Of Self takes off I hope to go round all the schools again and tell everybody how it’s going.
Well I have finally created a blog-page for my business-to-be, ‘Sense Of Self’. I actually decided on the name today and I love it, because my business is all about being comfortable with who you are, having a sense of who you are and helping people feel good about themselves. (S.O.S being the international symbol for help, as I help people to find their sense of self. Clever, huh?)
For those of you who don’t know, I won Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012, with my business idea to combine my love of art with my joy of helping boost others’ self esteem. With this page I aim to keep everybody updated with my plans and what’s going on and what I’m doing.
Originally this was a small idea in the back of my sketchbook, inspired by my Mum, actually. She loves motivational stuff and has always toyed with becoming a Life Coach. I had drawn a skull and thought it would be funny to draw braces on the remaining teeth. I have braces myself and after a small discussion and some ‘braces’ puns, my first idea was born. That evening it was put back in the drawer and I thought nothing more of it. When I heard about the Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition, it first appealed to me as the presentation would give us a day out of school. It was listening to the successful business-people there that really inspired me to enter. So I did. Everything after that moved super fast and I drew up some other ideas to bring to the final, and now, here I am.
With this business I am trying to tackle the confidence issues that young people face, because as a teenager myself I am literally living inspiration. I myself have braces and freckles, at one time had glasses, and still have SUPER curly brown hair. As teenagers we are practically programmed to feel bad about ourselves an with stereotypes and all that malarkey, we really have quite a lot to deal with- not to mention the pressure from the media! Anyway, I have loved art since forever and I’m due to start college this September to do an art course and I have a job for over the summer in the Scottish National Gallery (of art) which is like heaven for me.
Anyway, I have a selection of designs right now that I’m working on and a few finished, so shall keep you posted!