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!
We love reading voter feedback in our community voting app and we want to thank you for sharing your enthusiasm for new designs and talented designers with the chance to win!
Share your favorite potential products on Twitter and you could win an UncommonGoods gift certificate to help buy your favorite new design (or one of the existing uncommon products you’ve been pining for).
1.) Pick one of the products up for voting that you think should become an uncommon good.
2.) Visit the voting app, cast your vote, and tell us why you love the product in the comments section.
3.) Follow us on Twitter and tweet your pick @UncommonGoods. Make sure to include a link to the product voting page.
We’ll pick 5 winners to each win a $5 UncommonGoods gift certificate. We’ll announce winners on March 19, 2012.*
1.) Craft a clever tweet. Tell us why you love the product or designer in 140 characters or less. (Reading the product story can be a big help here.)
2.) Vote on as many products as you’d like while visiting the voting app. The products aren’t in competition with each other.
3.) Use the share buttons on the product voting page to encourage your friends to vote for the product you chose, or tweet @ your design-savvy friends to invite them to vote for a chance to win.
Could it be any easier? Yes! Here are a few examples to give you an idea of what we’re looking for. But, of course, you’ll have to show us up with even better tweets.
We’ll choose the cutest, most clever, and most creative tweets to win. We can’t wait to see your pick and hear why you think it will make a great uncommon good. Happy voting and good luck!
*P.S. This contest is only open to residents in the 50 states and District of Columbia. (We’re sorry about that, but that’s how far we ship!)
It might be cold outside but we have summertime on the brain at UncommonGoods! We are dreaming of backyard cookouts, sandy beach blankets, frisbee in the park, driving with the windows down and picnics with friends. We can almost smell the barbecue sauce.
Why are we so summer crazy? We are very excited for our first design challenge of 2012. We have teamed up with SustyParty and Recyclebank to search for the cutest, funnest, most delicious graphic that will be stamped onto sustainable plates and cups to furnish your summertime meals. Designs will be selected by UncommonGoods merchants, our Voting Tool community and an impressive panel of guest judges, including Diana Yen, of The Jewels of NY.
The winning designer will receive $500. Find out contest rules and how to enter here.