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Artist Ann Rea
To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did. -Unknown
[caption id="attachment_751" align="alignleft" width="550" caption="San Francisco based Artist & CEO"]San Francisco based Artist & CEO[/caption] I don’t know who to credit with this obvious wisdom with but this has been a guiding principle of my life for the past five and a half years.  Developing as an artist, while building a business, and a respectable brand, has required constant learning and ongoing examination, all of which I wasn't really prepared for with my fine art degree. Before this, I tried to fit into the predictable pace of a conventional job because I thought that this would offer more economic stability and therefore happiness. But frankly I was often bored with my work and frustrated with the inevitable office politics. My work in various cubicles in no way involved my passions or interests and it actually wasn’t really all that predictable.  When I was an employee the employment environment was becoming less and less stable; I can’t even imagine what it must be like for so many now.  I was like many employees: subject to layoffs, shifting priorities and projects. I had a really hard time faking being a “team player” when I believed that the “team leader’s” eyes where not on the ball. I was never a cheerleader and when I was nominated for homecoming queen in high school, I respectfully declined. So I’m happy to say that almost every week I’m doing something that I’ve never done.  On some levels its made my life much more challenging but it’s certainly more rewarding.  And I because I took more risks I have more than I could have imagined five and half years ago and I know that there is more to come.