I have been uploading various kinds of videos on my youtube channel: http://youtube.com/user/beingmariet for over a year, this provided me with a foundation of 'market research' or more simply what my viewers want, what is popular, what didn't fare so well, getting a feel for my audience, etc.
A few dilemmas (realities) I faced:
#1- I know what interests me, the topics I appreciate being shared and discussed about but I really had no clue what the 'unknown' world wide public were looking for.
#2- I make art, I am an advocate for mental illness and mental health awareness, I love other things too, I am human.
#3- In society today to create a brand you need a 'niche' interest to 'narrow' your target, and to keep doing it consistently... the last part I'm okay with, but knowing myself with an extraordinary amount of interest, fascination, curiosity for things in the world, also being a complete Gemini, to narrow or even remotely focus my energy on only one thing is almost impossible. I mean, we are ultimately made up of many sides and dimensions as individuals.
#4- Trying to come to terms with "sex sells".
#5- Art and sex, art and mental illness, art with probably anything, goes, they can work, BUT, sex and mental illness, sex and children's mental health awareness, fashion and eating disorder awareness, are not necessarily mutually exclusive but harder to mix (metaphor; not like oil and water, but more like a thick goop that comes out of a Campbell soup can in which water or milk needs to be mixed, slowly with care eventually it 'may' work).
#6- Within me it all works out, creating a broadminded and unique individual, but society is not for me to control, and everyone has their own comfort levels and perceptions of various aspects. I can not predict much when it comes to others especially when I don't know them personally.
#7- I need to sustain my art practice= to keep doing what I truly believe in and am passionate about, I need supplies, and for that I need currency, $! Each piece I work on takes time to create, I am no Andy Warhol, they are one of a kind. (Although those prints are coming).
#8- I do not want to offend anyone, I would like to create awareness, I need to share my story, I need to follow my heart and be true to myself, it has to be fair, and a positive experience for those who follow me and/or my youtube channel.
Yesterday I decided to create a new channel specifically for my interests in fashion, style, things that challenge stereotypes, breaks boundaries, taboo topics, tastefully sexy firecracker qualities, and material things! 'GASP!' Hahaha~ http://www.youtube.com/user/BeingMissMarie
We shall see, in what direction we will journey:)
Video before Sheena's Place talks, about eating disorders; how art and creativity can help in the process of recovery.
Thank you for your time, I hope everyone is well. Have a wonderful weekend!!!