Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Wedding Calligraphy - but I have been getting more call for my regular artwork.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Please just give me a chance - I won't break the bank! I just want to draw and color and have people enjoy what I do. I will begin to make money when you tell a friend and they tell a friend but for right now I just want to work. I never miss a deadline - so brides if you think it's too late to have your invitations addressed - Call me - I haven't turned down a job yet!!
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. No not really - I guess I know how much time I spend making things perfect - I would like to know how other calligraphers can do their work for less???
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. How many invitations you have - how many envelopes, the date of your wedding, ink color etc. As far as artwork goes - just a really good idea of what you looking for - special colors, size - due date definitely!!
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I think that my work stands out from others because I take extra care to make sure that my work is exactly what my customers envision. I look at every single detail and I think that my artwork/calligraphy shows that.
I also pride myself in making the whole experience of creating a piece of artwork or addressing your wedding invitations as STRESS FREE as possible - I will bend over backwards to accommodate your every need.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I absolutely LOVE being creative. I have the perfect job (preschool aide) to bring out my creativity on a day to day basis. Whether I am helping another teacher with a sequencing book - or just drawing leaves or pumpkins "on the fly" I love every minute of it. Plus I am out of school at 2:00 and I have Fridays off. My schedule allows me to be able to be creative every day!!
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Pretty much about pricing. I know that brides are strapped for cash - I try to keep my prices reasonable. And as far as school goes - I know that teachers don't make a lot and they get very little help. So If you are a teacher and you would like something that will be really special - and something that you will also have forever - give me a try. I have many pieces of artwork at my school that I can get together and show you!
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I guess it would be either my sequencing books that I do for school - because the kids just love them and they can see that the artwork that I do looks exactly like the art in the book - OR - it would be how happy brides are when they pick up their invitations and they look beautiful and they are going to be sending them out in a few days - and my calligraphy has just been one more thing that has come to fruition in their dream of the "Perfect Wedding"
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I guess - that although you can absolutely print your envelopes on the computer - you can tell when a calligrapher "hand writes" your addresses - they look extra special - and your guess will notice that - and as I always say - your invitation is "the prelude" to your wedding! Also - you can buy sequencing books at the local Teacher Stores, but believe me - once you have an actual piece of hand drawn artwork that isn't really replaceable - that's what you will always want!
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I went to school to be an art teacher - but I didn't get to do my practice teaching, then I got married etc. and never went back and did it. I regret it now - but I have had the luxury of doing so many unbelievably creative things - designing bookcovers for Large Print books doing all kinds instructional media for the phone company. Designing the town booklet and drawing various town land marks for the Chamber of Commerce in my town. Working with so many interesting people and always being able to do something creative to help out various causes.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I did a sequencing book for school - The Old Lady that Swallowed Some Leaves - the pictures were great - a little bit more of a cartoon style - but it was awesome. I also made a candycorn wreath for my daughter in law that is pretty neat! And of course I am always proud of my invitations - just doing placecards now for an October 23 wedding!
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. No I don't - but if something in the town continuing education booklet jumped out at me - I would jump on it - that is if I had the time!!
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. No - I guess the worst thing about my calligraphy business is that invitations and addresses can be done on the computer - and with weddings costing what they do - brides are willing to cut corners. What I have to say is that there is no comparison between computer generated addresses and real hand written ones. Believe me - your guests will recognize the difference.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. Unfortunately my artwork isn't really "cost affective" for me - but there isn't too much that I like to do more. Like I said before - I do things for teachers - they don't have a lot of money so I usually accept what they can afford. Probably not the best way to do business - but as I said - give me a chance and I'll go from there. Weddings (100 guests - two envelopes and placecards) usually run around $400.00.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. I don't - number of envelopes, color of ink, time frame that's about it. Artwork - it just depends on the piece.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Keep practicing and keep drawing - AND DON'T GET DISCOURAGED! If you love what you're doing - keep at it!
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Is your wedding more stressful than you ever imagined?? and now it's time to make an address list and a seating arrangement?? Let me help you with this - I will make addressing your envelopes - Completely Stress Free - I will let you start with a partial list list and we can go fro there - I will put table numbers on placecards up until two days before your wedding - CALL ME!!!!