When people ask me what I do, I usually fumble for an answer. "I, uh, I make these chicken dolls. And I sell them. Online, mostly. And some other stuff." After this, people generally just say "Okay" and look at me like I'm crazy.
This is pathetic. I've been making "these chicken dolls" for four years now. I've made nearly 500 of them. And I've marketed my butt off. I've built a business around the things I make, with taxes and licenses and everything.
It's time to stop fumbling for a description.
Part of the problem is labels. Am I an artist? A crafter? An entrepreneur? Sort of, yes, all that. Labels are limiting, but they're useful. People don't want a paragraph. How do you sum up what you do in a sentence?
It finally hit me today.
I am not just an artist. I am not just a crafter. I am not just a mother. I am a MAKER.
A professional maker of stuff.
Now that's a definition of what I do that feels right.
In any given day, I might sketch up new ideas for a dozen different things. I might sew up some Chickenpants, or baby toys, or a quilt, or some clothes. I might make cookies. I might write something. I might paint or sketch or photograph something. I might do some or all or none of these things.
I am a maker.
Your turn. What do you do? I'd love to hear about it.