What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid?

I recently saw an episode of Oprah's Lifeclass in which she shared that this question is posted on the wall at the headquarters of Facebook.  It really got me thinking.  How about you?  What would you do if you weren't afraid?

Would you break out that big canvas you bought yourself but haven't had the courage to paint on yet?

Would you approach your local cafe's and galleries about displaying some of your work?

Would you organize an art show of one, and just set yourself up somewhere and display your work?

Would you refer to yourself as an artist?

Would you pursue your dream?

These are some of things I would do.

I encourage you to ask yourself this question.  And I would love it if you would share with me what you would do if you weren't afraid.  After all, isn't that what is holding all of us back?  Or is it just me?

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Comment by Starr White on November 8, 2011 at 2:20pm
Aubrey, I'm so glad! It's a very empowering concept isn't it?
Comment by julie on November 8, 2011 at 4:21pm
No, definitely not just you! I am guilty. My new years reso is to walk into Anthropologie and ask them to put my art on their walls. I am slowly working up the courage:) should be good to go by Feb..maybe March! Be brave -go forward. Julie
Comment by Starr White on November 8, 2011 at 4:36pm

Thanks, Julie! Go for it!  I am reminded of another quote (I'm big on inspirational quotes) about courage that goes along with this theme and may also be helpful.

"Courage is not the absence of fear.  Courage comes when you feel the fear, and you go ahead and do it anyway."

Can't remember who said that, but I love it.

Comment by Ev McTaggart on November 8, 2011 at 9:02pm

Oh, we hold ourselves back more than others do, don't we?


A while back, I walked into Taste and asked them if I could exhibit there. After showing them a body of work, the owners agreed to a 6-week exhibit starting in early January. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. After I posted some photos of my paintings on Facebook, I got a commission for a larger (similar) version of an 8 "x 10" painting. This time last year I wouldn't have even ventured to do this. 

Comment by Catherine Beminio on November 24, 2011 at 6:51am

This is so inspirational Oprah is my Guru I simply adore her and this quote by her struck me as well. This past weekend I took a trip to my ocal flea market to get pricing on setting up for a weekend or so to try to sell my crafts. When I went I was feeling so confident and sure of myself and after walking through and talking to other vendors I really got a sence that my art while very far from high end just wouldnt be recieved properly there.

When I left fear gripped my soul. I have never attempted ever to go out and try to sell to the general public and I kept trying not to tell myself that noone wants to buy my wrk when I simply know that isnt true as I get compliments on the things I make and wear or carry all the time.

In the last year I have come to realize my worth as an artist however I still feel that it may not be good enough for sale. YIKES!!! I really need to make some money and many ppl tell you that selling crafts isnt going to pay the bills. I just want to have a little gas or play money but fear binds me. Now Im taking Starrs reminder of Oprahs quote and Im gnna face my fears and get serious of finding local craft fairs and such throughout the year and just go for the gusto who knows I could come home with 0 dollars and every piece I brought comes home or I could come home with 200$ anjd nothing less to sell. I think Ill jump off that cliff next year and find my wings to fly!!! Thanks for the fabulous post Starr!!!!

Comment by Starr White on November 25, 2011 at 11:12am

Yay! Catherine!  You go girl!  I have to tell you a funny story.  A couple of weeks ago, I was at the fabric/crafts store buying some felt to make little softies and ornaments, and the gal at the counter where you get your fabric cut was such a grump!  I could tell she was miserable, hating her job, so I tried to be extra friendly and perky and cheerful (trying to give her a little joy and light)  So, she loosened up a little and starting chatting with me and she asked me what I was going to make with all this stuff I was buying.  So, I told her my plans, and what she said was so funny.  I am still not sure how she meant it.  I told her that I was hoping to be able to sell my little things to make a little money and she said, "Oh, I'm sure you'll be able to sell them.  People will buy anything."  At first, that made me happy.  And then I thought, "Wait a minute, what are you trying to say?"  And now I just laugh.  Whichever way she meant it, it's good news for me.  I think, I hope, she was trying to say that there is a market out there for all tastes and preferences and that no matter what your style or subject matter there will be an audience for it.  That is what she meant, isn't it?????

Comment by Catherine Beminio on November 25, 2011 at 1:16pm

LOL @Starr I see your dellemma by her comment and Ill tell you in anything in life its all about perspective. SO it really doesnt matter what she meant you take it for how you want it to be and make it work for you.  However she is right people will buy about anything especially if its cute. I make a lot of my own accessories, Hair clips, I decorate my own shoes and purses etc... None of my stuff is high end in price however I go to the store take Walmart for instance and to buy a fake flower with a barrett on back is like 6$ I can make that same clip and add some flair it will never even cost me 1.50$ and mine will rock in comparrison and I can sell it for 3 and make money.

A friend of mine told me last week people will buy these things because most people dont have the thought power to come up with our ideas or they dont have the time or want to make an effort. So they are willing to buy anything that is homemade. I think about this in my life for years and years my creativitiy valve was shut off and I would buy other peoples crafts all the time so I am sure there are others out there like me and that is good news for you and I =o)

By the way you said you were buying felt for softies what are those and how do you make them? If there is sewing of any kind involved you dont have to explain it to me Im not a sewer and dont want to do it LOL. One last thing before I sign off you go forth and sell your little ornaments and softies and since this lady was a bit grumpy of sorts maybe make one for her and take it into her to make her smile.

On my buisness cards I have self titles myself "The Smile Fairy" I have made it my lifes mission to make people smile. SOmetimes they laugh at me because of my wild choices in accessories and such but I figure whether they are laughing with me or at me either way they are smiling and my job is done =o) So go make this lady happy and make a smile happen for her =o) Im off to walk 4 dogs Im making some money dog walking this weekend weeeeeee.........................

Comment by Starr White on November 27, 2011 at 1:51pm

Ha Ha! Catherine.  It sounds like the doggies will be walking you!  You are right.  I will choose to take her comment in the way that makes me feel encouraged.  I do believe that there are people out there who will buy my work provided it's offered in the right environment and at the right price.  BTW softies are made of fabric and are stuffed.  The mushroom I made and posted a photo of on my page is a softie.  They're like stuffed animals, but they can be anything you can dream up. 


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