Have you ever felt like being a creative entrepreneur is a little bit of a catch 22? You’re a business owner; therefore your job is to put those creations out in the world. However, the essence of creating is to create something new; notable; eye-catching; capable of capturing the attention of an audience...yet sometimes, that means also attracting the attention of those who are willing to toss their integrity to copy you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My quickest tips for continuing to create, despite the risks: 1. Make sure every contract you sign (involving your work) contains a clear copyright/intellectual property provision, detailing who owns what's created. 2. Have a Terms & Conditions on your site- this is the contract that governs your website (I'd argue this is the MOST important step). 3. Determine whether or not you need to register any of your intellectual property (copyrights and/or trademarks). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There's so much more to say on the topic, which is why I'm so excited to be going live with my friend Angela of @saffronavenue tomorrow, where we'll be talking about what steps creatives can take to protect their business, and how she's navigated this tricky topic as a calligrapher and designer. If you have thoughts on the topic or questions you'd like us to cover, message me and let me know! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #creativesontherise #creativityfound #theeverygirl #RisingTideSociety #CommunityOverCompetition #MyCreativeBz #SavvyBusinessOwner #CreativeEntrepreneur #CreativePreneur #CalledToBeCreative #FlashesOfDelight #ThatsDarling #pursuepretty #herestothecreatives #contractlawyer #creativelaw #trademarkattorney #entrepreneurmindset
The health you get to enjoy, the food you’re able to eat, the work you get to do, the life you get to live; whether it feels like something so mundane you forget to be thankful for it, or a struggle you’re battling fiercely-someone out there wishes they could trade places with you. Reminding myself to stay cognizant of that as we head into one of my favorite (and inevitably, one of the busiest) weeks of the year-extra excited this year, because we’re hosting our families for the first time! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @mollythrasher ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #solopreneur #creativeentrepreneur #calledtobecreative #designisinthedetails #livefullyalive #thehappynow #dowhatyoulove #pursuepretty #nothingisordinary #ohwowyes #thatsdarling #darlingmovement #colorlove #livecolorfully #livefearlessly #beencouraged #beyourself#communityovercompetition #weddingcalligraphy #moderncalligraphy #calligrapher #handlettering #organiccalligraphy #fineartcalligraphy #soloverly #flashesofdelight #liveauthentic #livecreative #pointedpen #doitfortheprocess
While I absolutely love the intellectual component of practicing law, without a doubt, I’m my most authentic self when I’m outside with horses. Tonight, this guy is going to wear a saddle for the first time in a long time (like, 10 years long)...wish us both luck. Whatever you’re up this Friday, I hope you have a relaxing pre-holiday weekend!
Let’s play a game of true or false around one of the biggest areas of misinformation I see in the creative/wedding world: . . When it comes to styled shoots, the photographer is the only one who (legally) deserves credit. . . No one automatically deserves credit or tagging in social media captions/editorial publications. . . No one person can have creative control over the creative aspects of the shoot. . . The photographer can put a watermark in the middle of each and every photograph, even if its a photo of someone else’s work in the shoot. . . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If someone copies the shoot, only one person can go after the Copycat. . . Believe it or not, unless a contract is in place, (generally speaking) the answer to all of the above is true...and at the same time, that answer is completely unjust, right? When done well, creative collaborations (whether that be branding, styled, or editorial shoots) can be a catapult for your business; when mishandled, they can be a nightmare. Today at 11:00CST I’ll be sitting down with @katieoselvidge , the editor of award-winning, internationally-distributed magazine @cottagehill.co to get an editor and lawyer’s perspective on the topic. And if you haven’t seen them yet, check out the questions in my stories about the topic-quite the debate is stirring up! . . . Photo by @onefinedayproductions for @campwed, florals by @ponderosa_and_thyme, styling by @cherrybevents
I was talking to a friend this morning about how it seems like everyone seems to be experiencing some level of overwhelm right now. Every season brings changes, and some require more of ourselves than others. I know for myself and many others I’ve worked with this week, it simultaneously feels like the end of the year is coming too quickly; yet at the same time, not fast enough. It’s launch season, we’re prepping for the holidays, and if feels like there are approximately 107638 things asking for our attention. My challenge to myself (and you) right now? Lean into being a good steward of your time, resources, and energy. Nothing productive comes from making rushed, fear-based decisions. Stay on your axis, focus on your X; don’t let yourself get distracted by someone else’s y-their needs may be vastly different than your own. Treat your business like a business and make sure it’s protected (my tip: start with your website, sales, and client agreements). I’ve been sharing tips and client stories with my newsletter-let me know if you’d like to be added!
“Today is your big moment. Moments, really. The life you’ve been waiting for is happening all around you. This is it. This is life in all its glory, swirling and unfolding around us, disguised as pedantic, pedestrian non-events. But pull off the mask and you will find your life, waiting to be made, chosen, woven, crafted. Your life, right now, today, is exploding with energy and power and detail and dimension, better than the best movie you have ever seen. You and your family and your friends and your house and your dinner table and your garage have all the makings of a life of epic proportions, a story for the ages. Because they all are. Every life is. You have stories worth telling, memories worth remembering, dreams worth working toward, a body worth feeding, a soul worth tending, and beyond that, the God of the universe dwells within you, the true culmination of super and natural. You are more than dust and bones. You are spirit and power and image of God. And you have been given Today.”- @sniequist . . Photo by @onefinedayproductions for @campwed, florals by @ponderosa_and_thyme
“I think this is how we’re supposed to live-present and in awe”- Anne Lamott. . . A really special moment from my week 👆🏻It’s busy season, and I’ve been working and working and working this month as a result. And in the midst of that, I’ve spent the past couple of days choosing to work remotely, going everywhere from North Carolina to Texas to spend time with family and celebrate friends. . . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Carving out travel time in the midst of this season was the best thing I could’ve done this week because for someone like me (who may or may not find it impossible to slow down sometimes) it challenges me to show up, spend time with my people, and be present. It may look a little unconventional, but for me, success as a business owner sometimes involves working a few late nights or writing contracts in airports so that I can spend an afternoon hiking with my sister, being amazed by the height of those Carolina pines. My advice for anyone struggling with overwhelm or burnout? Figure out what feels like catching a breath of air in the middle of a race, and do a little more of that this month.
Our Sunday walk turned into more of a photo shoot instead, but can you blame me? The big guy upstairs is really showing off right now 🍁🍂