Boss Lady: Megan Carn

Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business. This week we chat with Megan Carn, an artist from South Carolina who paints with vivid colors and experiments with new subjects. Megan discusses how she grew her business and offers her best advice for those looking to do the same.

boss lady: megan carn

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your career.
I am 23 years old and I own my own business, Megan Carn, LLC. I graduated college in 2013, and spent the year and a half after college building my business on the side while I directed a museum. Then, in January of this year, I moved to Columbia and started doing painting full time! I have been steadily working on painting, website building, dealing with emails, and shipping– just trying to do everything it takes to run a business that has a tendency to get pretty crazy.

2. What draws you to painting and what prompted you to start selling your work? Do you only sell online?
I was an art major in school. After I graduated, I got into painting more than I ever had before. I love it! I was already selling during school and immediately after to family and friends, and after a few months I realized that it could be my full time occupation. I started selling online and it was great! I sell online in my store and then in select storefronts around the US. I’m expanding that now!

3. How do you navigate the work/life balance?
It’s tough! I have always held the belief that friends, family, and making real memories during trips and spontaneous gatherings is more important than working all the time. As an artist, I have to stay inspired and be careful not to get bogged down or burned out. To stay sane, I answer emails on a more limited basis, ship one time weekly, and I don’t stress about deadlines all the time (within reason). There’s nothing worse than being forced to be creative on a deadline! I do have to spend nights and weekends working sometimes, and that is never fun. Overall, balancing everything has been one of my biggest challenges so far.

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4. What is your most successful form of marketing? 
Instagram, for sure, but honestly pinterest and facebook are a close second! Other than that, my own reaching out to people and word of mouth.
5. What inspires you and fuels your creativity?
I love looking at travel photos, I love flowers, and I love fashion. Other than that, just sitting with some watercolors and a sketchbook and thinking of new things to paint is my favorite.

 

6. Who is a Boss Lady that you admire and why?
Hmm. I am a big fan of a lot of different people! I have an art crush on so many different ladies- Susie Bettenhausen, Michelle Armas, Kerrie Rosenthal, Kristi Kohut, Sally King Benedict, Evelyn Henson, etc.– and that’s pretty similar!

 

7. What advice do you have for those looking to become an entrepreneur?
Be sure to have an original idea, and be sure you have an idea that you have a passion for. Otherwise, you’ll really quickly get burned out and over what you’re doing– OR, you’ll get in trouble for copyright infringement! I think in this wonderful time of social media and a rise in small businesses, there’s room for everyone that has a fire for what they are doing and a great product or service. (The worst thing is to see someone trying to build a small business on an imitation of another person’s hard work. I have had so many people copy my work to sell for themselves, and it is really discouraging!)

 

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