Life offers miracles when we have trust and seek to evolve with the right attitude. From joining the Program with a 'nothing to lose - nothing to gain' mindset to discovering various creative dimensions within, Swetha Sridharan's journey into becoming an Artpreneur is inspiring.
Atma Studios had an in-depth conversation with Ms Swetha Sridharan, where she shares her overwhelming experience as an Artpreneur.
1. How did you get to know about the Artpreneur Program?
I got to know about Artpreneur Program through Ms Abhinaya Sudharsanam (@colortickle), who is an Artpreneur herself.
2. What were you doing before joining Artpreneur?
Before joining Artpreneur, I had applied for a Master’s Degree in the US. Since there were some issues with Visa, I took a halt in the process and that's exactly when I got to know about Artpreneur Program.
3. What made you take up this 1-year Program?
I did not want to stay idle at home when I was waiting for the Visa issue to be cleared. So, I started looking to learn something new to keep myself occupied, without requiring a Visa. When I was discussing the same with Abhinaya, she suggested the Artpreneur Program and spoke about how patiently the Educator taught, without getting annoyed by the silliest doubts or resistance.
I was in a 'nothing to lose: nothing to gain mindest' while enrolling for the Program. I even did not think about how far I would take this in my career. I took up the Program as it neither required my physical presence nor Visa. And, of course, the most important reason was the Educator.
4. What do you do now? How would you describe the return on investment from this Program?
I have completed my Service Brand Portfolio, and I am halfway through the portfolio for my product brand. Also, I am working on freelance projects along with different branding projects.
To mention about ROI, I was able to take back the money I invested in just 8 months after the Program.
5. Coming from a different background, how has your transition to an Artpreneur been?
It was very different. Though not regret, a thought that I could have studied this way in my under graduation has very often crossed my mind.
6. Apart from technical aspects what have you learnt from Artpreneur program?
If you ask me, I would say that 60-70% of the Program taught about the practical aspects of branding for oneself and clients. Artpreneur Program made me respect time. I learnt the importance of having a Vision for oneself, taking conscious decisions, and how it would help to live a regret-free life.
7. Describe your life before and after the Artpreneur program.
Before Artpreneur, I had a different thought process. I never thought I could make enough money by doing graphic designing or creative work. After doing the Artpreneur Program, I have realised what hard work, perseverance, and trusting the process can do to anyone.
Throughout the Program, you are in that particular mode where you keep following the process given. By the end of the year, you will have a lot of your artworks and memories, which has made me feel overwhelmed.
Artpreneur made me respect time and I learnt that everyday managing time was very crucial. I realised that the present is what you have and you have to make the best use of it. I also learnt the importance of having a mentor.
8. How has the relationship between the Mentor and the Artpreneur community been after the Program?
I could always get in touch with Balaji Sir for any random doubts and get them cleared. I am amazed by his patience to teach the same thing again and again without getting frustrated.
Also, it feels good to have a creative tribe with the same frequency, where we don't need to hesitate about creative thinking, process or anything.
9. Would you recommend Artpreneur program to others? Why?
I would recommend Artpreneur to those who really want to do something in their life, to discover oneself, but do not have any guidance or roadmap.
10.A word to people looking to join the Artpreneur program...
You will never regret joining the Program. Artpreneur Program will break all the preconceived notions and blocks within you. You will discover the new dimensions within if you follow the process given by the Educator. Trust is the key.
Since the Program is tailor-made, each one in the batch will go through a different journey. So you are going to create your path with Mentoring.
It will be a terrible miss if you have any doubt within you. You just have to jump into anything that the Mentor says. You would realise the importance of trust only at the end of the Program.
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