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Morsels of Wisdom from our Design Panel

Earlier this week we hosted How to Make It: How to Make Money While Doing What You Love, a panel of design professionals who shared their experiences with local Brooklyn artists. We asked them each to share the best advice they’d ever gotten about how to succeed in a creative business.

Tina Roth Eisenberg, Swiss Miss and Tattly – At one time I was seeking the advice of others when faced with a heavy decision. I kept on getting advice that didn’t feel right, until I realized the greatest advice on my own- nobody can tell you what’s right for you. You are the only person who knows what is best for you. Trust your decisions.

Nickey Skarstad, Etsy Success – Tell your story well. You are unique and creative and so are your products.

Anna Rabinowicz, RabLabs – I often refer to Blink by Malcolm Gladwell for my favorite piece of advice. When you make a quick decision, everything falls into place. When you mull over choices and take a lot of time to think about it, that extra time doesn’t pay off. Follow your gut.

Jeff Davis, Vinylux – A professor told me to make sure this is really what I wanted to do. Knowledge of your business will be all-encompassing and when you embark on a certain path you must commit. If there is something else you are thinking about, examine it. Some day it might be too late to turn back.

Dave Bolotsky, CEO of UncommonGoods –You don’t ever make the right or wrong decision. What matters most is what you do after you make that decision.

What an inspiring evening! Stay tuned for some great video. In the meanwhile, here are few shots from the after party!

Written by Gaby D

Gaby is the Community Outreach Coordinator. She knits, reads, collects vinyl, yogas, and is the lead singer of a Brooklyn-based rock band. She is half-part Martha Stewart and half-part Fran Drescher. If she's not sleeping, she's probably Tweeting. Her favorite uncommon good is anything made by Dana Brandwein Oates or Emilie Shapiro.

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