I AM AN ARTIST AND I’M NOT UNEMPLOYED

Me: Hi, My name is Libby and I’m a doodle Artist. (Happy face)

Known person: Oh! (Total disappointment in their face) What are you planning to do with your life?

Me: Did I miss something? I already have a new start-up business. I make Customized doodle greeting cards, wedding invites and customized doodle notebooks and bookmarks. I will be adding more in future.

Known person: No, I meant, you are jobless, where are you planning to work? Or, are you going to pursue PhD or M.Phil? Should I get you a Job?

Me: Well, Hello, Did I speak Latin Just now? (Voice screaming in my head) I am an artist, which meant, I do something creative (Unlike you) and I earn money for what I use my grey matter for. And I’m happy!

Known person: But (Still sticking to their side of argument) it won’t give you a permanent job, it won’t put food on your plate, maybe you should try at least for school teaching, since you studied only M.sc zoology.

Me: I’m so happy we had this talk! (Smirks)

End of discussion.

Trust me I had infinite number of conversations with such humankind who come preaching about. Being Artists or Entrepreneurs doesn’t make us inferior from you, perhaps we far more superior than what or whom you work for. I wouldn’t say you don’t have the right to tell us, but you can at least appreciate for what we do, because we took the risks of life to gain recognition and not sit among thousands of employees in air conditioned space.  All we ask of you is guidance for leading a life and not advice and degrade us. What we lack most in today’s India is words of “appreciation and motivation”.

And does creativity have a place? No. Not in today’s world. We are brought up with a mind to reflect and mirror mediocre Homo sapiens.

For instance, we learn, sorry, study till 10th grade, and we are “told” to opt for Bio math or computer Science (Which are considered to be studious children’s major). Most parents even take pride in telling that. By the time their children get to write their 12th exams, they push them into a mental trauma to get the highest marks possible and make him\her sit in an engineering class room. As you all know how engineering colleges have formed to become a mini school, were you almost lose all the fun and drain your brain for the next four years, while the parents happily show off to their family and friends how their son/daughter is doing an engineering course.(God knows the struggle). Soon after you finish your 4th year, you get through campus interviews and land in an IT job, only to find after an year that you have lost your happiness, fun and freedom of creative thinking throughout your journey. Do they welcome creative thinking in IT sector? No! (As far as the IT interviews I have attended.) You are just a “techno coolie” to someone who sits in a far off country, who gets all the monotonous work done by you, whereas, he gets all the name and fame and what not. And no questions can be raised because we get the money for that. And for the other part, some end up preparing for exams (As we all know) which they take a zillion years to pass. This is the very reason why we vote for the party which is not educated enough to run our government, this is why we end up in It jobs, this is why we don’t create good movies, this is why we fight for caste and religion, this is why aim for high marks(which is useless, when the child doesn’t know the basic GK), this is why we oppose inter-caste marriage, this is why our education system is backward, this is why lack discipline, this is why don’t come in time, this is why we don’t dress appropriately, this is why we don’t read books, this is why we fight over silly petty actors or actresses, this is why we have poverty, this is why we don’t use our brains. Our eyes are blindfolded to the things we can create. Yet we take pride in having an Indian in an American company, were as we still function as mediocre. It is because he tried, we didn’t, he thought differently, we didn’t he differed from the crowd, we never.

What I am asking of you all is, why do you have to follow the crowd? Why not do something which you are capable of? Why do you have to write exams which are of no interest to you? Why can’t you “learn” to do creative things. Well, if you say that you don’t know what you are capable of, why don’t you go into the world and find out yourself? If you start thinking differently, the same parents who push you to do what the neighbour does will take respect and value in telling about you.

Make up your mind now, this very minute, believe in yourself and do what you want to do.  You can be what you sincerely want to be. Choose a path and focus on that one thing and move along the journey. Never get doomed to failure. Self confidence grows when you meet occasional failure. Think of success and you are a successful person already, before anything happens. Start dreaming Big and act small, you’ll be in greater heights soon.

So this is how I made up my mind. To be an artist or an entrepreneur, you should never leave anyone or anything move or shake your conviction.  I decided to maintain a strong positive mind when I have discouraging conversations. Be a person who hurdles over roadblocks, and achieve something great for yourself. I’m sure you don’t want any regrets in life. Don’t walk the walk of an average person. You were never born to be ordinary. Be creative, be you! Do anything that makes your heart content and the world a difference.  It is not too late, Go create yourself!with brave wings (1)

 

And for  all the people who is waiting to ask me the same question next time, “ Your idea of life is not mine” use it to run yours. Because, I am born unique and different.

I am a doodle artist. I am an entrepreneur. I am a proud human.

 

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I Like The Person I Am Becoming

April! Season of exams!

This time, last year everything was so different. I was sitting in the exam gallery in Madras Christian College writing my Semester exams having two assured jobs in my hand. I felt so proud and lucky, in fact it made my brain go lazy to think “Oh just pass the exams!” And yes, after a month I walked into one of the companies to jump start my career. My face looked so happy and eager to learn new things and mostly find new friends (got the coolest ones). My life was so cheerful and fun (you know it. All beginnings are!).

ok wait, Do you have friends who crow about working in companies or any corporate field for the first few months and then complain for the rest of the year about getting bawled by their boss , stress, work pressure, boredom of job, etc ? Well, in my case these things didn’t happen to me, except for the fact I started griping in a month. Soon I realized I was going to do the same monotonous work for the next how many ever years till I need more money. Of course, I need money to live, but nay not this job. Or else I can put it this way, Maybe I wasn’t ready for what everyone else was doing or I couldn’t adapt to the type of work (This is safe to say).

And after a month, I was right there, seated in the sofa on my very own home in Madurai, trying to figure out my life and searching and researching about all possible jobs, while my parents were secretly happy about me being at home.

Days passed as they do and life went on. I felt like a child again at home. I started bringing back my childhood favourite pastime, sketching, doodling, drawing on wooden boards, and trying out different things, giving away handmade bookmarks, making hand drawn notebooks, etc. I started uploading each of them in facebook (the only place to showcase my work). And who expected, there were so many likes and comments from my best people, appreciating and persuading me to sell them and make a commercial activity of my own. My reaction was just like every other girl, “duh, business and me? Come on, I’m a science graduate. This is just a hobby and people are not going to buy my stuff. Dot.

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Hand drawn bookmarks gifted to friends !

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Hand drawn and handmade notebooks !

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The hand drawn bookmarks I gave away to family friends in a meeting.

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Another Handmade notebook !

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Some cute ‘lil bookmarks 😉

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Designs and patterns on wooden board !

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Hand drawn design at the back of my phone cover

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Another tie shaped bookmark for my dad, as a quick father’s day gift !

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Doodled Mobile skin !

 

Meanwhile I started reading quite a lot. Mostly self-help and business books, which caught more of my attention and interest in it. So I kept myself busy and improving myself before I stepped into a new discipline. I only had two things on my mind to concentrate then, 1) Read more and understand the field 2) Attend choir practices to sooth your mind. Music and books definitely helped. Even when people kept on asking me what I was doing, I simply said I was reading, which in the sense I was educating myself. (Not many have time for it these days). I never wanted myself thinking about other professions also. I always went by the saying by Robin Sharma, “A person, who chases two rabbits, catches neither.” I let time work its magic.

“Focus on one area with relentless devotion to daily improvements and a passion for excellence and within three to five years, you will be operating at a level of competence such that people call a genius.” – Robin Sharma

Sooner or later it happened. Nov 21st, 2015 was the day, I made my first 3 sets of doodled notebooks and uploaded it in facebook and waited for the reviews and comments of the people who emboldened me to do it, but still with so much confusion and doubt, fear of rejection, criticisms, and what not, every negative thing rushed to my mind wave after wave. Within minutes the things I scared were transformed into a mammoth of happiness and glee from ear to ear. And to my amazement, at the end of the day the orders totted up to 10. (I know, right, who imagined).

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The first set of Doodle notebooks !

And thus I sold about 22 doodle notebooks ( aye, not bad for a start). ‘Twas time I gave my new start-up a name. And thus emerged “ Libby creatio”.

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Back cover of Notebooks with “Libby creatio” first time printed on it !

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DIY Newspaper Packing with drawings on it ! 🙂

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill

From that day onwards I started trusting in the magic of new beginnings. Discover your talents ( I did mine, and exploring hidden ones also).

I never would have pictured myself in a position I am today. It’s hard to believe how much life can change in a year.

I wonder what next April would bring me.

I like the person I am becoming.