Starving Artist? No Way!

July 15, 2022

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Starving Artist? No way! With guest Carina Gardner. A fabric designer, paper designer, as well as a design program course creator, plus more … she is killing it! Carina is a successful business owner and an absolute wealth of knowledge. Listen in and glean from her business ideas and applicable tips as she has shared how she has grown and gained success. If you are wondering how to take your business to the next level, this episode is for you! You’re sure to find motivation and great advice that will be beneficial for you and your business adventures. There is no such thing as a starving artist. Don’t believe me, find out why and how Carina feels you can earn money, lots of money, as an artist. An episode you don’t want to miss! 

In this episode, Carina and Elizabeth discuss:

  • Carina’s journey to success! Hear how she started as a professor and landed as a successful designer and business owner.
  • Income… where does the majority of her income come from? It might surprise you- digital products!
  • She shares about her Design Suite program and how to make money in multiple ways.
  • Who she works with in the Design Suite course and how it works for all levels. Wondering what she teaches in the course. Learn how to become smart with your designs and market them to multiple audiences.
  • Interested in getting into fabric design or quilt pattern design? Carina shares 3 helpful tips to get a fabric contract. 
  • Business coach? Why she has one, what she does for her and how business coaching helps your business. The business strategy is equally important to your art and design! 
  • Spending money to earn money. Investing in yourself through education is and different aspects of your business is essential to get to the next level of success.
  • The 3 tiers to Design Suite and how you’ll leave knowing you are a designer. 
  • Having an outside eye and long term, consistent mentorship is so helpful.
  • Breaking down the barrier or the fear of not having a large audience. A digital fabric designer doesn’t need to necessarily have a large audience. 
  • How many hours should you put in as an artist? If you are building smart, you can earn a lot of money as an artist. No such thing as a starving artist if you have the right mindset and desire to make it!
  • Believe in yourself! Don’t make excuses, watch your thoughts, surround yourself with positive influences and you will make it!
  • She shares advice for beginning entrepreneurs. Hyper focus, on one thing, is what you need to see results! 

Show Notes

This episode is chock full of goodness! To find out more about Carina and what she has to offer, find her here:

Become a Designer! Start with Designer Bootcamp

More information about Design Suite

Listen to her podcast:

Make and Design with Carina Gardner Podcast


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