Artist: Kimberly Green; Troy, Ohio, USA
QUESTION: What was your biggest challenge?
Kimberly Green: Knowledge. I didn’t have any knowledge whatsoever of the industry at all. I grew up doing art on my own and had no professional schooling other than elementary, junior high and high school. Anything beyond that was just not there.
QUESTION: Did you know how to sell your art?
Kimberly Green: I had no idea how to market or advertise anything for my art, how to sell it, nothing.
QUESTION: Why do you want to sell your art?
Kimberly Green: So I just want to put it out there. I mean it’s part of my heart. I don’t want to make it just for myself. I want to share it.
QUESTION: Have you always been an artist?
Kimberly Green: I didn’t want to actually make any art for the last 20 years until I got pregnant. So it just came out of me again. I was just like, I want to create something. I guess I’m creating something. So I just wanted to create art again.
QUESTION: Why did you stop making art?
Kimberly Green: I had dropped it like a bad habit in high school because I had a art instructor that was actually sexually harassing me. Me and my twin sister and my best friend, we all three dropped the class and I did nothing but art every day that and music until that moment, and it’s like I just dropped it and never looked back. And to this day I still don’t know how, it never entered my mind after that because it was my whole life at that point
QUESTION: How long did you stop making art?
Kimberly Green: I had a creativity block, for 20 years I had no desire to do any of it, so even now I’m working on getting that back and, and thinking of new things to create because I was just void of it for so long. I mean when I was growing up, I did it every day, all the time, hours and hours and hours just sitting and drawing and creating things. And of course with 20 years without that, it just like deadens inside you.
QUESTION: What did you first think of this program?
Kimberly Green: We were skeptical at first of the whole program we were just like; “Is it a scam?” You know, when we’re online, because we go through the all the Youtube videos and we’re like; “It’s got to be a scam. It’s got to be a scam. It Is too good to be true.” Then we get in the program and we’re like, “No, it’s not! It’s not too good to be true. It’s real!”
QUESTION: Was it hard to find your Why?
Kimberly Green: So I booted up my computer, I logged into the class, I had all this motivation to get going. I was like, ‘okay, I’m going to do this, I’m going to do this’ and I get there, and all the motivation would just drop like a stone until the other day. The other day I was just like, ‘I gotta’ do this, gotta’ do this. I got to get through this’, and when I forced myself to go through it, I wanted to smack myself. I really wanted to smack myself because the thing is I already knew it the whole time. My Why. I already knew it the whole time. I was just like, ‘oh my gosh, how could I be so dumb to drag my feet for this long, dig my heels in and never just go right to it?’ I knew it the whole time, the whole stinking time. I wasted so much time out of fear.
QUESTION: How long did it take you to find your Why?
Kimberly Green: It was that simple. It took me all of that half hour. All of a half hour to just get myself through it and then I was like, ‘oh my gosh, it’s been this all along’. I already knew it.
QUESTION: How did you feel when you found your Why?
Kimberly Green: The relief I felt afterwards, it was like this big boulder just got thrown off me. I was like, oh my gosh, I feel so much better because it was like this weight every time I went to it because when the motivation dropped, it felt like a big stone on me. It was just like, Gosh, why can’t I do this? Why can’t I do this? And I was making it so hard.
QUESTION: How do you feel about knowing your Why?
Kimberly Green: Frustrated and confused.
Ann Rea: And NOW how do you feel?
Kimberly Green: Very aware and very relieved. I feel free.
Ann Rea: It’s very freeing, isn’t it?
Kimberly Green: Very. Very much so. It just opened everything right up, just wide open. I was just like, “Wow!” I knew it all along and I could have been way farther along had I not dug my heels in and been stubborn.
QUESTION: How is it helpful to know your Why?
Kimberly Green: It helps me own myself totally of who I am. What made me and what got me here.
QUESTION: What should artists know?
Kimberly Green: Don’t believe your fears. They’re momentary and they’re lying to you.
QUESTION: What should artists know about this program?
Kimberly Green: Take that chance of believing someone. Not everybody’s a scammer. Jump in and take the chance. It’s real.
QUESTION: Is the program worth it?
Kimberly Green: It’s worth it in every way so far. It’s changed every outlook I have on art, who I am, the business of art. You know it’s something I never thought possible. I mean, truly, I didn’t know anybody who had a business of art. I knew people that took chances at art contests and you know were giving away their art to try and get noticed, that kind of stuff. That’s all I’d ever seen. I’ve met tons of people, tons of people in the group that have art businesses now.
Where do you want to be in one year?
MAKING Art Making MONEY