It took me a while to come up with the wording on this, but here it is.
I wanted to announce some good news and bad news- which is completely subjective in this case!
Things are going very well for my art/paintings. I am in contact with many gallery owners/artists and have a few shows lined up! I feel confident in my art abilities for once, and I feel as though I’m on the verge of something great. I just need more time to sit down and paint!
I also am doing great with Sideshow Collectibles and will be working for them on a few more projects. I am so happy to have this opportunity to be sculpting for such an amazing company!!
This means that I have less time for dolls. I am going to slow my roll on doll production and make all of my dolls convention exclusive. I am doing this simply because I do not have time to keep up with all these areas of work. And out of the 3 areas, producing dolls is the toughest and most labor intensive with the least amount of profit.
I was also recently, and to put it into short words: blackmailed by a BJD client. I sold a flawed doll for a very low price of $100. The listing specifically states that it has flaws and thus the low price- and to ask for more pictures if needed. I sold 4 flawed dolls without any problems. Those that had asked for pictures of the flaws received them. One person that bought a flawed doll (internationally) claimed it was flawed. Which it was! They denied purchasing a flawed doll and demanded a refund AND custom fees AND shipping fees refunded.
They threatened to ruin my reputation after I explained I would kindly refund the price of the doll but not the customs fees.
They ended up getting $175 from me and kept the doll, all so I wouldn’t get blasted on every doll forum and doll group.
I will admit that I did not take specific pictures of the flaws before sending it out- but they never asked for them. It slipped my mind. If someone pays a discounted price, and saw the listing description, I made the assumption they knew what they were paying for.
In any case, I couldn’t risk the drama.
But it helped solidify my position on my doll sales.
I am also done taking commissions for faceups- even for friends. I’ve noticed a decline in my ability to paint as well as I used to from lack of practice. I do my best, but it just isn’t good enough for me. I have too many things on my plate and I’m being pulled in too many directions.
But I am still pretty happy. I feel a shift in my life happening; a very positive one. If you asked me 4 months ago what I saw in my future, I would tell you straight up: death.
I finally have my illness under control. It feels amazing to be productive and to put myself out there. Of course, there are risks with rewards. I know that the tough client I recently faced won’t be the last, and it certainly wasn’t the first. However, I want to continue on this positive path and therefore I’m cutting out what I no longer need.
Thank you all so much for listening.