One look at Bianca Green's playful work and it's obvious the lady knows how to dream. However, it's not all wanderlust and reverie, Bianca is an expert at turning those dreams into the realest of realities. She's a highly prolific creative force who has carved out a way to turn her artistic passions into an incredibly successful small business. Here, she tells us about the necessity of pushing through challenges and "what you do all day" when you're in the business of art.
You're a full-time artist which is such an amazing achievement. However, do you find that people don't quite understand what you do?
Just like most people, I thought that being full-time artist would mean making art all day. Not quite the truth as it turns out. I often spend the entire day on my laptop, as I would if I was running a little company, dealing with emails, copyright lawsuits, press, social media, invoices, terms and conditions, contracts, bookkeeping, monthly tax prep and so on.
Were you ever scared about starting your own business?
It was never my plan; I stumbled into this business and everything just happened kind of overnight. So I didn't have time to be scared, I just dealt and learned as I went. It was good that way because I was doing what I loved with no pressure and no goals, and the rest just followed naturally.
What is a challenging part of being a woman in business?
I had to learn to be comfortable sticking up for myself, expressing what I want, negotiating conditions, and sometimes saying NO to offers I feel uncomfortable signing. I think women are sometimes afraid to be tough and demanding because they don't want to be perceived as "difficult to work with". I grew tremendously through these many experiences, the mistakes and the achievements, and I am very proud to be the business woman that I am today. I didn't know I had her in me.
Do you find that being an artist full-time just makes creating feel like work?
Not really, except when you need to deliver with a deadline. I avoid creating under time-pressure at all costs. The tasks around it feel more like work, such as endless hours of artwork file preparations and uploading. In some cases, creating 600 product files for three days straight. When I actually get to create, it's a welcome change from the desk work.
What is your favorite thing about being a full-time creative?
It helps me see the potential I carry in me and the undreamed-of possibilities around me. Having the time to explore creative things I never knew I would love so much is the everyday adventure I was hoping for.
What are some of those things?
Drawing, painting, collaging, linocut carving and printmaking, weaving, photography, interior design and refurbishing furniture, learning to play the guitar and writing songs. They are part of my everyday life and help me become the truest version of myself, and therefore the happiest.
On the other hand, what's your least favorite part of what you do?
The biggest downside is having to protect and defend my work constantly. Unfortunately, the more visibility I received, the more copyright violations I had to report. It makes me extremely sad to see that my work is being used illegally all over the world, and that often there is nothing I can do to stop it. Artists are very sensitive about their works, and it hurts me deeply when people are so disrespectful, but I've had to learn to accept that this is just part of the territory.
Do you feel that internet and social media can encourage creative success?
Definitely! The internet and social media platforms allow you to have a worldwide audience and make it somewhat easy for you to find your path and your niche. For me, everything started with a blog where I was sharing my work with friends and family. Five years ago I would have never dreamed that this could actually become what I would do for a living. I still pinch myself sometimes.
Did you always know that you wanted to live the freelance life?
Subconsciously I probably did, because I didn't feel very happy working under strict, hierarchy conditions. I am more productive when I'm able to do my own thing at my own pace. Plus, I'm a night owl and get so much more done while the world around me sleeps.
Check out more of Bianca's work here!