After a year of quarantine, it's time to pursue a business idea I've had for a while.
If you are new to my blog, I had a post about my upcoming business idea on my old website. I talk in detail about my ideas at the time. A lot of those ideas are still present. But two years later, they're more refined.
Let me take you back to September 2019. I had just started my new "big girl" job. I formulated this idea with my boyfriend about a "resource space" for artists. We eventually came up with a name: Studio Picnic! I had plans to reach out to artists, create a Facebook group, and maybe even host an all day event in Summer 2020. I was taking advantage of downtime at work to write my business plan. It was all coming together once I finished the plan and made attempts to come together with other artists. I attended a convention and talked to other artists there too. It was fun!
Then, after a busy winter season at my full-time job, COVID hit and things with Studio Picnic came to a halt (Not to mention my "big girl" job). I had a new years resolution to host an all-day fundraiser event in 2020, but that wasn't possible at the time. I spent my year in quarantine to think, research, and eventually get to a point where I was looking at commercial properties. In January of this year, I met some new connections that could potentially could provide me with some insight, and this past week, I made even more connections! Things are starting to look up!
But wait, what's Studio Picnic again?
Studio Picnic will be a co-working space specialised for artists working in Illustration, Animation, Comics, and Game Design. It will have an open-office concept with private offices for rent. It will be chock full of much needed equipment us artists need to pursue our projects. Along with providing a space for artists like me, Studio Picnic will be the home of a multimedia studio that will focus on making animations, comics, and other forms of video content.
The initial idea has evolved so much in just two years, and the time spent thinking about the idea in quarantine helped me better explain the concept to other people.
I wasn't able to do much last year, but because I have more time to focus on building this business, I feel certain that it will happen.
So what's next?
I'm formulating a team to help me build this business, and I have plans in the works to start a campaign project. I can't say too much now, since everything is new right now, but I'll be sure to bring you along for the ride!
For now, I have something for you to do. If you are an artist living in the Columbus, OH area that specializes in illustration, animation, or any kind of visual art; if you are a graduate, or recent grad from CCAD (Columbus College of Art and Design), or if you just want to support an idea, I'd love to hear from you.
Are you in need of equipment or space to create your art?
Do you want to be a part of building a business in Columbus, OH that would benefit the arts community?
Do you feel as though you are stuck in your creative progress due to the need of survival after graduation?
Are you a creative who would like to use your talents for a campaign project?
Please reach out to me through the contact page on my website.
Talk to you soon!
-Intro to the business idea
-initial ideas and how theyve evolved
-my delay due to covid 19
-progress! talking and making connections/looking at properties
-plans for the future - call to action for artists