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Artist Bianca Green On How To Lean Way In And Become Your Own #LadyBoss

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.

Artist Bianca Green On How To Lean Way In And Become Your Own #LadyBoss

Artist Bianca Green On How To Lean Way In And Become Your Own #LadyBoss

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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.

Artist Bianca Green On How To Lean Way In And Become Your Own #LadyBoss

Artist Bianca Green On How To Lean Way In And Become Your Own #LadyBoss

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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.

Artist Bianca Green On How To Lean Way In And Become Your Own #LadyBoss

Artist Bianca Green On How To Lean Way In And Become Your Own #LadyBoss

Artist Bianca Green On How To Lean Way In And Become Your Own #LadyBoss

Artist Bianca Green On How To Lean Way In And Become Your Own #LadyBoss

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Bianca Green commented on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 1:22pm
Thank you guys for having me on the blog :)
Alaskan Momma Bear commented on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 2:18pm
Great interview . . . interesting and informative . . . Bianca has some very beautiful work!
Hello Twiggs commented on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 5:37pm
Such a great interview and your smile is just adorable! Congratulations on your success, it's so deserved!!!
Leah Flores commented on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 8:19pm
Love ya, Bianca!
Hector Mansilla commented on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 9:35pm
Oh hey, I like this girl, I like the interview as well :)
Terry Fan commented on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 9:46pm
Wonderful interview! Your beautiful art and spirit are so inspiring. 💚
Sharon Turner commented on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:22am
Big love to you Bianca ~ a great read! And hey we have the same desk :D ♥
Bianca Green commented on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:53am
Aww, thank you all soo much! Your words mean a lot to me 💚 💚 💚
Galaxy Eyes commented on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 5:27am
Great interview, Bianca! You're an inspiration. ♥
Love your studio!
micklyn commented on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 6:19am
So wonderful, all of it. : )
Bianca Green commented on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 7:01am
Thank you Ladies!! Glad you like it :) 💚
Schatzi Brown commented on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 7:04am
Thank you of sharing Bianca. Always so good to hear from other artists about how they create & manage!! Congrats on your success.
Judith Clay commented on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 7:06am
Great interview, great designer! Much continued success to you, Bianca. You're living the dream of so many of us.
Bianca Green commented on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 8:14am
Thank you so much for your support Ladies! I'm glad you enjoyed reading 💚

GO TEAM! (copyright protected and owned by Garima, lol)
Lisa Argyropoulos commented on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 8:17am
What an awesome interview! Such a wonderful creative space too!
Elisabeth Fredriksson commented on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 9:33am
Great interview! :) Thanks for sharing!
Ben Geiger commented on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 10:44am
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!
Guido Montañés commented on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 11:02am
Congrats! Nice interview!
Bianca Green commented on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 11:33am
Thank you guys so much!! I appreciate your kind words 💚
Project M commented on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 1:21pm
Great interview :-)
AnnaF31 commented on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 2:24pm
Amazing and inspiring interview, thank you Bianca for sharing your thoughts! :-)
Lidija Paradinović Nagulov - … commented on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:02pm
what a great interview!! Loved getting a glimpse into your life.
Bianca Green commented on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:55pm
Thank you so much Ladies!! So happy you enjoyed reading and seeing a piece of my world 💚
Notsniw commented on Thursday, September 1, 2016 8:24am
Wunderbar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
Notsniw commented on Thursday, September 1, 2016 8:26am
gorgeous! hair and makeup ON FLEEK!
Bianca Green commented on Friday, September 2, 2016 4:36am
Haha, thank you Notsniw :)
The Best Print Shop commented on Monday, September 5, 2016 10:00am
love this!!!!
fitrinl commented on Monday, September 5, 2016 11:20pm
You're an inspiration Bianca. I love your workspace too ;)
AmDuf commented on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 3:50am
yeahhhh !!!
Bianca Green commented on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 4:15pm
Thank you guys so much!! So happy this could inspire some of you 💚
Pamku commented on Thursday, September 8, 2016 11:35am
Inspiration me, nice interview!
Sandy Broenimann commented on Friday, September 9, 2016 12:55pm
You and your work are amazing!!
Erin Nicholls commented on Friday, September 9, 2016 10:45pm
As someone who is just starting out trying to be a full time artist, this was really helpful to read! Congrats Bianca. :)
Bianca Green commented on Saturday, September 10, 2016 4:42pm
Thank you guys so much! Your lovely feedback means a lot. And I am happy this was helpful to some of you 💚

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