Mona Khan Creative Studios began with almost no focus. I made a bunch of cards for a Pop-up last November.
Didn't sell a single thing!! But I didn't go home without a profit! The profit was the support, encouragement and belief that people showed in me. Self-doubt has been a long-time friend.
But a small business, and a creative one at that, needs real people and real friends and family urging you on. .
I thought to myself why would anybody in Saskatoon, SK be interested in hand-drawn cards with henna designs, when a lot of people who I'd met had never even seen henna! But this was MY biased view. This was my lack of experience and exposure. I have met so many people and mostly women who have pushed me on and kept me true to my passion in the past one year. I have even received support from people I honestly only met 1 or 2 times max! .
What that has resulted in after a year is that I got a custom order for 50 cards & the client said don't change thing! You do you! I showed her mock-ups which I thought she'd be blown away by because I was pushing myself creatively to incorporate her style
But she didn't like those at all!! .
I have so much gratitude, love and respect for so many people who have really really pushed me and grounded me and supported me! .
I will do a post soon where I will thank each of those people individually. .
Full circle moment is a that a year later, I'm preparing for a bigger market at the end of the month and I'm going in with a custom order under my belt and whole lot more focus, confidence and clarity! .
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