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Five artists from across the Mid North Coast region will come together to discuss how to prosper in the creative industries.

A full day forum is to be held at the Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey on 24 May to assist local creatives in the business-side of their endeavours.

The owner of Beechwood business ‘Out There Design & Mosaic’ Francessca O’Donnell believes that no matter how creative you are or how unique your art is, the wider community will never know unless you get out there.

“This requires skills, knowledge, networking and courage to get your name and your art out there. For many artists this will take us away from our passion and possibly out of our comfort zone,” Ms O’Donnell said.

“Seeking advice, developing new skills and understanding social media requires an open mind to learn and a support system of knowledgeable peers to learn from. It is a necessary and invaluable journey to undertake, for personal growth and to develop confidence.”

“This is why forums like ETC’s Business of Being Creative are so important to attend.”

Cath Young, the founder of homewares business ‘My Bearded Pigeon’ will share her journey in being one of the country’s highest sellers on online marketplace Etsy.

“I would not have a business if it wasn’t for Etsy. I am able to work flexible hours from home, employing one local person and work around my part-time work, my family and other commitments. My products can be seen by millions of people around the world all day and night,” Cath said.

One of Young’s designs from four years ago, a faux dictionary description of the word “hangry” (a state of anger caused by lack of food; hunger causing a negative change in emotional state) has been widely copied and has taken off as a meme.

“Now it is everywhere. It appears on mugs and T-shirts and cards around the world,” Cath said.

Another panel speaker and Coordinator of the Wingham Akoostik Music Festival Donna Ballard will be sharing on the day the importance of collaboration.

“It is important that creative industries collaborate together aa we are rarely given the opportunity to. This forum is the ideal way to facilitate collaboration,” Ms Ballard said.

“I believe all of us share the same broad vision. If we continue to work in silos we are constantly reinventing the wheel with each new event we take on. This forum allows us to ensure good ideas are declared, shared and compared.”

Other panelists include Aboriginal artist and owner of Indigenous Interiors, Alison Williams and President of the Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group Lorraine Penn.

People who run a creative business or are thinking of starting one on the Mid North Coast are encouraged to attend the Creative Industries Forum.

The Business of Being Creative forum is designed to help people turn their creative endeavours into a profitable business.

This event will run on Tuesday 24 May at the Slim Dustry Centre in Kempsey from 9am to 6pm. Early bird tickets only cost $69!

To find out more information visit: www.etcltd.com.au/creativeindustriesforum or contact Marilyn Breen, ETC Business Advisor, Kempsey on 0417 201 794 or Kevin Riddell, Business Programs Manager in Coffs Harbour on 0408 128 496.



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