As the end of the year draws near so does the official launch of my business, J Volden Photography.
I have been working towards opening a business for about two or three years but really busting my butt over the past six months or so. It’s hard to believe I am *almost* an official business owner. It is exciting and scary at the same time. I feel completely prepared and ready yet continue to worry that I have forgotten something big, something important.
I am afraid. Afraid of failing. Afraid of never selling a single piece of art. Afraid people won’t get or like my art. Afraid my point of view is too pedestrian, too boring, too generic. Afraid I will never be confident in my photography. Afraid of not moving forward, of not growing or learning.
But some days my confidence soars. I love photography. I love every photograph I have posted for sale. I am proud of what I have accomplished in such a short time. Proud that I am taking the risk. Proud that I have taught myself photography beyond the classes I took in high school and college. Confident that I will get better. Confident people will love me and my art.
It’s a rollercoaster for sure. One day I’m up, the next I’m down (or hour, minute, second lol). I’m not sure that success will bring confidence. I will always work to be better, to learn a new technique, to grow as an artist. I will always see the problems with my art.
I filed all the paperwork this week for my business license and sales tax license. There is no turning back now. I hope you will stick around for the grand opening and the rest of my journey. I hope it’s a long one.