1. Tell me a little bit about yourself and your business.
I graduated in 2009 with degrees in art and creative writing. Â My parents’ stipulation for pursuing such degrees was that I had to start a business before I graduated. Â Studio M.M.E. Illustrations formed as a result. Â I’ve worked very hard to learn the ins and outs of marketing, managing, and all around creating a successful business that has become my part-time job. Â I couldn’t be happier! Â My other part-time job involves freelancing as an editor for a variety of artists around the world. Â Basically I get the fun task of making sure their blogs run smoothly and their newsletters are typo-free. Â In what little free-time I have left, I bake like crazy, read children’s books, and ride my vintage Trek men’s roadbike that my boyfriend and I built.
2. Why did you decide to go in to business making this/these particular product(s)?
The promise to my parents notwithstanding, it actually never would have occurred to me NOT to start a business selling my artwork. Â It’s what I truly love to do and life is much to short to do something you don’t enjoy.
3. Do you have a day job, pets, a family, or a partner? How to you balance everything?
I have the other freelance jobs, a boyfriend, and two fish that we just bought (since we can’t have a cat yet due to silly apartment rules). Â Balancing is very hard especially since my boyfriend is in grad school. Â So I stay home all day and work AND THEN make dinner (unless I want to wait until 8 pm to start cooking with him). Â Also, boys don’t seem to realize how dirty things are so I also do most of the cleaning. Â I make a point to stop on the weekends and spend two days going on day trips or playing Monopoly.
4. Whatâ€™s your favorite thing to make or do when youâ€™re not running your business?
I have this odd obsession with baking right now so I absolutely love to just peek in the pantry and whip up something crazy. Â I’m also interested in vegan cooking and adding whole wheat to everything. Â (For the most part I just don’t tell my boyfriend what went into the desserts. Â Haha.)
5. Where can we find you online? (Website, Facebook, Etsy, Twitter, etc.)
Website – http://www.studiomme.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/
Etsy – http://www.studiomme.etsy.com
Twitter – @studiomme