Meet the Creative
Kim Phillips is an independent marketing consultant who, after 25 years in corporate jobs, decided to pursue a career as a Judaica artist with her company Hebrica. She hasn’t given up her day gig entirely; you can follow her “Lucid at Random” marketing blog or read one of her regular posts for 12Most.com. Her recent post about creativity was picked up by several sites.
Part of the day is working on my new art business, part is doing marketing for my long-time clients, which are mostly financial institutions. It’s a little schizophrenic.
Truthfully, probably the biggest impetus was getting downsized from the big corporate job. I managed a large advertising operation and would probably have retired there. All my life, people said, “You should be an artist,” but I didn’t think it was a real job. Later on, I did some seminary training that took me to Israel, and that’s where I found my creative life. But really, there’s nothing like getting fired to move you off a spot.
I’m a writer, too, and a bit of a word nerd, so I love taking ancient texts and interpreting them visually on paper in a modern way. It’s nice that people buy my work, but I’d do it either way.
Finding the time to create new art and, at the same time, stay on top of all the technology required to market it. The art itself is analog … just a pencil, some paper and a knife … but the marketing is decidedly digital.
On the marketing side, there are some techniques for idea generation. If you do the strategy part right, the marketing almost writes itself. For creating my art, I always go back to the text and the images just come.
I always have several things going, so if I get stuck on a particular project, I just switch to a different one. The key is to have lots of stuff in the hopper. Carry a sketchbook or notebook; when something occurs to you, get it down on paper. That way, when you get stuck, you can work on something else. Or just do some laundry and come back later.
I don’t clean house much.
A creative pursuit can be a business if you treat it like one. Have a budget, an accountant, a marketing plan and a savings plan. If you’re not good at those things, hire it done. Don’t sell yourself short; being an artist is a real job and you should get paid real money.