I had a totally fun, “play in the sandbox” day today. I’ve started about five projects all at once (typical) and my brain was exploding with more. Pictures will be forthcoming tomorrow.
In the meantime I want to ask a question of you all.
I keep getting flummoxed when people ask me the simple question:
“What do you do?”
Someone asked me that a few days ago and what came out of my mouth was:
“I make stuff”
And that pretty much does sum it up (coasters, furniture, HOME signs, letters etc etc) but it doesn’t sound very professional.
To be honest this has always been a difficult question for me because I think my most consistent emotional state is Embarrassed.
I’ve always been kind of embarrassed by whatever I was doing – be it going to acting school, acting, working a day job…..what I’m wearing. It just always seems somewhat silly. Honestly, I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember. I’m quite sure I arrived in the delivery room thinking “oh my god everyone is looking at me. This is so embarrassing. I’m sorry about the mess – I’ll clean it up I promise.” And then the doctor probably spanked me which just, you know, reinforced my feelings.
Anyway, you get the picture.
So what do you all say?
I’m a home based craft entrepreneur (pretentious)
I’m a craftepeneur (very hard to say)
I create tchotchkes for all occasions
I steal ideas from others
I just can’t say “I’m a craftsman” as that just sounds too….something….it makes me picture Norm Abrams – which isn’t a bad thing… I just don’t think I’m at that level.
I can’t say “I’m an artist” – it’s just waaaay to pretentious and if the person said “ohhh what kind of art?” and I replied “coasters!” I think we’d both feel a bit let down.
What do you say?