In this edition of The Career 100 Podcast, Felicia Gopaul interviews Ginette Callaway, a Fine artist with extraordinary vision. Listen as she talks about her journey, passions in life, and her dedication for art.
Ginette Callaway was born in Alsace France to French father and a German mother. Creativity was in her blood. Painting, creating, drawing and colouring were her main childhood activities. But it wasn’t considered something that could become a career in those days. After graduating from basic school, she had a career in sales in various industries for more than 10 years. She immigrated to the United States in 1987, became proficient in English, and started working in the local Music Scene, singing and writing songs and even taught herself graphic design and designed CD covers. She, however, felt that working for someone else limited her creative freedom and opportunities. She realized how important it was to strike on her own and felt the need to become professionally independent in order to be truly creative. She started taking drawing classes at a local continuing education art class and this became her turning point as she was told by her drawing teacher that she had extraordinary talent. He got very serious, taught her some basics about colours, how to make them sing, and told her to start painting. She dove in to visual art and started to learn as much as she could about painting and art. This moment changed everything. His words gave her the confidence to believe that she could be an artist. After that, she knew what she had to do.
Listen to what is in store for you in this edition of the Career 100 Podcast. Gather valuable information and learn more about:
– Ginette’s unorthodox way of achieving her career goal in Fine Art.
– The common myths and misconceptions about being a Fine Artist
– Changes in the industry of Fine Art and Ginette’s advice to aspiring fine artists on how to be successful in this industry
– Why this career belongs to the Top 100 of the decade
If you’re interested in this career, here’s what Ginette Callaway has to say: “The artist’s life suits me for many reasons. I can express myself according to my own nature. I can be in the solitude of my studio, or in the field. I work with my hands. I decide my life, what I paint, when I paint, where I paint and of course I can be myself which has always been a bit of an opinionated, eccentric, idealist in many ways. I get to engage with collectors all over the world, mostly through the internet now and that is an added pleasure, because I get to talk to people from all over the world and from all over the United States. They write me wonderful emails that make me feel appreciated and I treasure them. While being a self-employed artist is not the best way to make a great financial living, to me, it is the best way to be happy. I may be working long hours at times, but it never feels like ‘work’. I walk my own path, hum my own melodies and paint my dreams or realities, whichever suits me at the moment. Life is great!” If you’re eager to learn more, don’t miss this edition of the Career 100 Podcast.
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