Archive for May, 2013

Summer Tune-Up!

Friday, May 31st, 2013

It’s half-way through the year…time for a tune-up! Now is the time, before hitting the often slow late summer, to make sure you are doing all you can to keep your business purring.

Here are some options:

1. Send me 50 images (pdf) for my offline review then we’ll have a 30 minute phone consultation: $100.

2. Website review, with a 45-minute phone consultation: $200.

1+2 Combo: $250.

3. Online presence review: website, Facebook, Tumblr… whatever tools you are using, with a 45-minute phone consultation: $350.

1+3 Combo: $400.

Or, of course, we can work out something custom.

Book me now so you can be sure I can schedule the work. Shoot me an email to leslie@burnsautoparts.com for details or to book.

Getting Past Fear

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

In the past two months, I have started making art again. I gave it up long ago, having had it essentially scared out of me. All the externals told me I wasn’t an artist. All the externals told me I was lacking.
I wasn’t as good as my brothers (one has his degree in painting, the other has made a career as a designer);
I wasn’t as creative as my ex (an architect who made great cartoons);
I certainly wasn’t as talented as the photographers I work with;

I wasn’t, well, fill in the blank.

But what I was, was pulled to make something more… something art.

I had always made food, inventing dishes and drinks, and made costumes for Hallowe’en, and done other Martha Stewart-y kinds of stuff, but that wasn’t art. I missed the feel of a pen or brush in my hand.

But what if I still sucked? What if that part of my brain that said I could do it, that I had skills and a way of seeing, what if it was wrong?

It doesn’t matter. Maybe what I am doing isn’t art. Maybe it’s not good. Maybe those to whom I’ve given the 4 pieces I’ve made so far are just being nice when they say they love them. It simply doesn’t matter.

What matters is that I am doing it. I stopped hiding behind the fear and am making something that I might, when a little buzzed on good bourbon, call art.  And when I’m doing it, I am incredibly happy. I love the doing! And I’m proud of the results, for my own reasons.

We all have things were terrified of. I hear it from my clients all the time. Afraid to make cold calls. Afraid to show potential clients their most personal work. Afraid of putting themselves out there. Whatever it is you are afraid of, I challenge you to face that fear and to do it. It won’t be as bad as you think and maybe you’ll even realize that you’re better at it than you ever would have guessed.

Moreover, you can’t grow as a human unless to take the risks connected to facing your fears. If you fail, so what? You can try again with what you learned in the process. But I bet you succeed. Just a feeling, but bet you do.

 

 

Recommended reading

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Just a quick note to say that the Trichordist has posted a list of recommended books and I completely agree with him (he’s David Lowery, in case you didn’t know). These are must-reads for anyone trying to make a living as a creative professional today.

Making Time

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Recently, I offered a special deal on web reviews. I so enjoyed doing reviews again (after some time not doing them), that I’ve decided to make some time in my busy life to do non-legal consulting more. I don’t have a lot of time available (my law practice keeps me busy!) but I can fit in a few limited consultations.

Here’s the deal–I’m offering the following packages:

  1. Send me 50 images (in a pdf) for offline review, and get a 30 minute phone consultation: $100.
  2. Website review, with a 45-minute phone consultation: $200.
  3. Online presence review–website, Facebook, Tumblr… whatever tools you are using–with a 45-minute phone consultation: $350

These are live conversations, not some written report like some other companies offer. You’ll be able to ask me questions (non-legal–these are not legal service consultations) and we’ll have a real talk.

If you’re interested, shoot me an email and I’ll send you details.