The SEEK event has ended. It is still
possible, though, to purchase
the mp3s of the calls!
CLICK HERE for info. The Super SEEKER package includes a download of
all 12 calls PLUS the Q&A call with Lesley Riley that took place after the
SEEK event ended.
The option to purchase individual calls is also available
AND, the replay of Lesley Riley's
BONUS call is available free of charge -
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(Scroll down for info on all the SEEK calls)
Do you dream of someday making it big with your art?
Do you want to take the next step with your art but don't know where to begin?
Are you holding back because you fear rejection?
Do you wish you knew what other successful artists know?
Are you afraid you’ll say or do the wrong thing, or worse yet, be taken advantage of?
Right about now you're saying, "Who me? Who am I to dream big?"
Well I'm here to say "Who are you not to?"
You are an artist with a gift. It's your responsibility and
privilege to share yourself and your gift with the world. All you need to do is take the next step, even a baby step will get you headed in the right direction. It is an indisputable fact that you must take action in order to succeed. Your first step is to sign-up for
SEEK. The direction for your second, third and subsequent steps lies within
I guarantee that after listening to just one of the SEEK calls, you will walk away knowing exactly which steps to take to move you forward.
Imagine how far you can go after listening to all 12 calls!
My primary goal as an artist and
Artist Success coach/mentor has always been to provide answers to anyone seeking information on how to create, grow and maintain a career in the arts. Basically, I have become the
person/mentor that I was seeking so many years ago.
Over the years I have learned a lot and am always ready, willing and able to give you everything I've
got. I also know that there's plenty of things I don't have the answers for. That's why I have gathered together a select group of my favorite creative insiders, specialists and experts for the first
Artist Success SEEK Event.
Nowhere else will you find such an amazing group of industry experts ready to pull back the curtain
and expose the information you are seeking now and down the road for your beautiful full or part-time art career.
Their insight, information and wisdom is invaluable at every stage of your growing career. Think about it....you don't know what you don't
know. You’ll find out exactly what you need to consider and what to do today to make your future dreams and goals possible. Listening to the
12 SEEK interviews will provide you with the information you need to make the best decisions possible when it comes to the future of your art
AND give you peace of mind knowing that you have all the necessary information.
SEEK will not only answer the questions you already have,
SEEK will educate you and make you aware of the things you don't yet know you need to know!
Successful Book Proposals: Stash, Craft & Quilt
Susanne Woods has been in illustrated book publishing in New York and London for over 15 years and is
currently the Acquisitions Editor for C&T Publishing and created their new imprint, Stash Books in 2010. Susanne is responsible for acquiring over 50 books per year for both
imprints. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where she also owns/operates a boutique retail furniture consignment store (www.chameleonconsignment.com) with her husband, raises
her two young boys, and is currently working toward her post graduate degree in Interior Design. She blogs at: www.stashbooks.com and www.beyondthekids.com, tweets at @craftyeditor and
@stashbooks and is always available for questions about the publishing process at susannew (at) ctpub (dot) com.
Ready, Set, Somerset: Insider Secrets to Getting Published
Amanda Crabtree is the Senior Managing Editor at Stampington & Company. She manages
Art Quilting Studio Magazine, Belle Armoire Magazine, and
GreenCraft Magazine, and is the Executive Consulting Editor for Where Women Create Magazine and Where Women Cook Magazine. She also works closely
with the rest of the Stampington & Company publications. Amanda is originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho. She attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she loved the editing
program. She now lives in Irvine, California, where she enjoys cooking with her new husband, going to Disneyland whenever she wants, and being able to run in the sun all year long.
Find her at
Community & Communication: Online Art Communities & You
Jenny Doh is founder and president of
www.crescendoh.com—an online media center that features fresh and creative content from artists within all genres, coupled with their uniquely heartfelt stories that highlight the power of art
in our lives. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio magazine. Jenny serves regularly as keynote speaker across the nation to deliver messages about creative passion,
authentic leadership, and effective communication. For her leadership in publishing and the art and crafting community, Jenny was recognized by Folio magazine as one of
the top 40 leaders in the publishing industry. She lives with her husband and their two children, Monica and Andrew, in Santa Ana, California. She loves to knit, stay fit, and volunteer for her
alma mater, UC Irvine. To learn more, visit
From Blog to Book & Beyond
Alicia Paulson spends her days in her home studio sewing, crocheting, embroidering, and designing a small, ever-changing
collection of original crafts and patterns called Posie: Rosy Little Things. She loves horses, gingham, cuckoo clocks, rice pudding, Queen Anne’s Lace, tiny calicos, taking
photographs, taking walks in the woods, pioneer villages, smocked dresses, the Avett Brothers, Christmas movies, Indian food, peasant blouses, duffel coats, apple trees, and the little things in life, and
writes about all of them at her blog, Posie Gets Cozy. She is the author of Stitched in Time: Memory-Keeping Projects to Sew and Share from the Creator of Posie Gets Cozy (Potter Craft,
2008) and Embroidery Companion: Classic Designs for Modern Living (Potter Craft, 2010). You can find her at
Online Class Formats: From Plan to Presentation
Jeri Parks is the owner of My Creative Classroom - an online arts and crafts learning center. My Creative Classroom is a combination of Jeri's two passions: arts/crafts and education. She
has over 15 years experience in training and training management. Jeri has helped hundreds of individuals become more effective trainers and public speakers. Jeri started with My Creative Classroom
in 2006 with a handful of brave instructors and less than 20 classes. Today that number has grown to include 20 instructors, offering over 200 classes per year.
You can find her at
Workshop Teaching: Unraveling the Process
After years of raising her family and working for a Fortune 50 company,
Linda Young decided
to follow her heart and quit her job to open her antique business, Simply Marvelous. A
love of things beautiful and sparkly led her to specialize in art glass and antique/vintage
The sudden loss of her youngest granddaughter in 1999 resulted in bringing art and
creativity back into her life. Although she knew about the scrapbooking craze that had
taken the country by storm, she knew little about how to put a scrapbook together. Many
books and TV art and craft shows later, she created a two volume scrapbook of Taylor’s
short life for her daughter Lori.
That jump into scrapbooking led Linda to attend workshops in rubber stamping, polymer
clay, collage and to the realization that she wanted to make creative and healing
experiences available to others. Since 2003, planning and hosting Art Unraveled and
Adorn Me! (since 2010) has been her passion. Her mission is to provide an atmosphere
rich with artful learning experiences, camaraderie with like-minded souls and great fun
for all who attend.
She lives in Phoenix, AZ with her soul mate husband Chuck and their Jack Russell
Terrier, Pnut Noir. Find her at
Teaching & Organizing
Online Classes - One Artist's Solution
Susan Tuttle's art has been exhibited in galleries within the United States, and can be found in private
collections throughout the US and abroad. Her first book,
Exhibition 36: Mixed-Media Demonstrations and Explorations, was published by North Light Books in November, 2008. Her second book,
Digital Expressions: Creating Digital Art with Adobe® Photoshop® Elements
was published by North Light Books in April 2010. Susan is a frequent contributor to Stampington & Company publications and other mixed-media books.VisualPoetry is
a series of online Photoshop/digital art workshops that she is currently teaching. Susan had formal training in the areas of Flute Performance and Music Education, obtaining degrees from both Rutgers
University-Mason Gross School of the Arts, and the Boston Conservatory. She taught K-12 public school music over a span of ten years, but her most recent embracing of the arts is in the visual
realm. She is a self-taught artist and photographer, author and instructor who resides in a small, rural town in the state of Maine. She also enjoys making collage, assemblage, and altered art with found
imagery and recycled objects. Exploring abstract intuitive painting on huge canvases, often with bold colors and patterns, is a favorite mode of expression. More info about Susan and the classes she
offers can be found at www.ilkasattic.com
and www.ilkasattic.blogspot.com .
Art Licensing: Is it Right for Me?
Tara Reed has been licensing her art since 2004 and has built her business from the ground up. Armed with
creativity, a background and passion for business and a persistence all her own, Tara quickly saw the need for a place to learn about the industry! After getting her business going, she created
ArtLicensingInfo.com and other related sites to help artists learn more about what it takes to succeed in licensing. Tara is also the author of two eBooks for any artist in business:
The Goal Wheel for Artists (www.TheGoalWheelForArtists.com) helps artists set and achieve goals while still working from a place of
How to Be a Press Friendly Artist (www.PressFriendlyArtist.com) that serves as a great reference for learning to get free publicity! She can be
found at www.TaraReedDesigns.com .
Your Talent - Putting Your Eggs in All the Right Baskets
Claudine Hellmuth is a nationally recognized collage artist, author and illustrator. She combines photos, paint, paper and pen into quirky, whimsical
-retro collages. Her artworks have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, in Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion magazine, The New York
Times, on HGTV's "I Want That!" and on the DIY Network's program, "Craft Lab." In addition to creating her artwork full-time, Claudine has
developed a product line with Ranger Inc. under the brand name of "Claudine Hellmuth Studio." She licenses her illustrations to the gift and craft markets.
Claudine also teaches collage workshops in the US & Canada, and she has written 3 books and 3 DVDs about her techniques. Originally from Orlando FL, Claudine now lives in Washington DC
with her husband, Paul ,and their very spoiled pets: Mabel the cat and their dog, Maggie. She can be reached at
Beyond Etsy: Where and How to Sell your Crafts
Jane Button loves the freedom and opportunity that comes with being an entrepreneur and is a champion for creative entrepreneurs in the apparel,
sewn product, knitting, jewelry and craft industry. Over the years, she has worked with The Pleasant Company (now known as AMERICAN GIRL®) Disney ®,
Brass Key, Nordstrom, various catalogs, specialty boutiques and department stores, and numerous creative entrepreneurs who have a burning desire to create
their own business. She has been featured in Barbara Wright Sykes books: Pricing Without Fear
and Do You Sew for Profit? as well as self publishing her own books for entrepreneurs. Jane has also been a speaker at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo
and other events. She freely shares her information in her seminars, workshops and books to help other entrepreneurs learn to be successful. Learn more at
How to Be A Press-Friendly Artist
Tara Reed, artist and author of
How to Be a Press Friendly Artist, has been making a living with her art since 2004. With a degree in marketing and
a background in sales, she began licensing her artwork and building a name for her business. Working on a tight budget, she looked into ways to get her name into the marketplace without always
having to pay for advertising.
Over the years she has refined her techniques
and grown to become a very Press Friendly Artist. She has been quoted in many
articles, asked to contribute to roundtable discussions and even authored many
editorials herself - all by using the free techniques she discusses in her
latest book. She shares what she does with other artists so they, too, can get
free press and publicity for their art business, regardless of their niche.
Mindset for Success: You Can Do This!
Lesley Riley, realizing that artists, both new and experienced, often need more than new ideas and techniques to fulfill their art dreams, founded
Artist Success where she shares her experience and knowledge as a coach and mentor, providing solutions for the struggling artist. Now, with
SEEK, Lesley is expanding her efforts to offer even more information to more artists. To learn more about Artist Success and read free articles on the ArtistSuccess blog, visit
In over 12 years as a professional artist, Lesley has gained the knowledge and expertise necessary to coach other artists into their dream. First known for her
Fragment series of small fabric collages, Lesley is a successful, internationally known art quilter and mixed-media artist with a passion for photos, color and the written word. The author of three craft
books, Lesley’s 4th book,
Create with Transfer Artist Paper (C&T), was released June 2011.She has filmed three instructional DVDs with Creative Catalyst Productions and Interweave and has appeared on three
episodes of Quilting Arts TV Season 1. Her product,
Lesley Riley’s Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) was chosen the Most Innovative new Product at the January 2011 Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) show. Lesley is also the host of BlogTalk
Art & Soul show.
While not coaching, writing about or making art, Lesley, a Washington, DC native, loves spending time with her husband, 6 children and 6 granddaughters.
For more info about her art, visit Lesley’s artist website,
What You'll Learn
- What to put in your query letter that makes a publisher sit up and take notice
- Many, many ways to make money with your art
- How to write content that attracts hoards of blog readers
- What it takes to teach at big events
- The pros and cons of teaching online classes
- How participating in online art communities can propel your career
- Etsy shops and what lies beyond Etsy
- The nitty-gritty of licensing your art
- Why blogging is your most essential task
- How to toot your own horn without sounding like a fool
- The one thing every successful artist fears
- How to run your business without it running you
- What smart artists are doing today to market their work
- The most important thing you need to do to make your art stand out
AND SO MUCH MORE
SEEK is full of information and insider tips (and secrets) that you will not find any other place. I am speaking to you as a working artist who learned everything the hard way and stumbled her way to success. I know what questions to ask and who to ask. I have used my insider access to gather and literally grill the experts to uncover just about everything that you need to know and implement to put you in control of your art career.
In order to grow as an artist you need to be continually learning and stretching yourself. Becoming the kind of artist you want to be, reaching your ideal vision of Artist Success takes more than just learning the latest techniques or buying the newest products. It means expanding your awareness of the opportunities that exist for you and how to navigate them.
SEEK provides you with the nuts and bolts education necessary to succeed, no matter what level you are, or what level you aspire to. Think of it as continuing education.
Education is not about filling a pail, it is about lighting a fire. ~ William Yeats
SEEK is not summer school, but you’ll learn more here this summer than anywhere else you invest your time and attention. What a powerful and potentially life-changing way to spend a couple of weeks this summer – gaining the knowledge you need to advance your art dreams.
How It Works
The 12 SEEK expert interviews will be spread out over a 6-day period. Calls will take place twice a day at 4:30 PM EST and 7 PM EST on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday beginning July 19, 2011.
Each interview will last about one hour.
Schedule of Calls:
Susanne Woods - 4:30pm EST
Amanda Crabtree - 7pm EST
Jenny Doh - 4:30pm EST
Alicia Paulson - 7pm EST
Jeri Parks - 4:30pm EST
Linda Young - 7pm EST
Susan Tuttle - 4:30 pm EST
Tara Reed - 7pm EST
Claudine Hellmuth - 4:30pm EST
Jane Button - 7pm EST
Bonus Calls: July 28
Tara Reed - 4:30pm EST
Lesley Riley - 7pm EST
2 Ways to Listen
YOU choose how you want to listen. On interview days, you will receive a reminder email for each call which will have the phone number and web link access as well as a passcode.
Phone: Local calling numbers will be available if you wish to avoid long distance charges.
Online: All interviews are available online at the scheduled time AND for 48 hours (from the scheduled start time) for each call.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up now. What have you got to lose?
SEEK is FREE and SPACE is LIMITED on both the phone lines and online audio stream.