How changing your mindset can lead to success as a creative entrepreneur

Meet Sarah Taylor!
We recently sat down with Sarah Taylor, an artist and entrepreneur who offers a unique collection of stunning, original wildlife paintings and quirky animal prints. She’s the go-to gal for unusual, modern animal art for your home – and trust me, you’ll want her pieces hanging up in your flat.

What’s your favourite quote?
“Everything will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end.”

How do you start your day?
I start my day with either a run or a bike ride or some yoga. After breakfast, I start my working day by going through my goals to initiate some brainstorming and today’s to-do list.
1: State your goal
2: Why are you grateful for it?
3: What have you done so far to reach it?
4: What WILL you do to reach your goal – let ideas flow
5: What will I DO TODAY to reach the goal?

What was the first letter you remember receiving?
From my grandfather, who used to make cards with coins sealed in them.

Who’s made the biggest impact on you and why?
The online education platform CreativeLive! I get so much inspiration from entrepreneurs on there, it makes you realise you can make it work with a little help and introduction to marketing techniques from experts, including Tara Gentile and April Bowles-Olin.

What’s the most old-fashioned thing you do?
I play in a 20-piece swing dance band.

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned in the last six months?
To learn something new everyday

Who’s your biggest idol in business?
Lisa Congdon – an artist entrepreneur who made me realise you can make a business out of art.

If you could write a letter to anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you say?
Ella Fitzgerald. I would draw her a picture, and say thank you for the music.

If you had time to write thousands of notes, how would you use this?
I still always make my own cards, they are getting less elaborate as time moves on! If I had time, I’d write thousands of uplifting notes, and slip them into people’s pockets without them noticing.

What kind of letters/notes do you keep?
Hand-made cards and love letters.

When did you last do something different that made an impact?
I changed my outlook from artist to artist entrepreneur. Artists have as much right as any business person to charge for their expertise and talent.

When did you last receive something handwritten?
Last week, I received a letter from my Aunt, who writes the best letters. She has such a vocabulary!

What’s the next thing you’re going to handwrite and why? 
My to – do list, so that I don’t forget what I need to look at next week.

Find Sarah online:

Instagram: sarahtaylorart