They Call Her Barbie The Welder
Barbie The Welder wrote into us to share with what inspired her to become a metal artist. I absolutely love her story. She has had struggles and still sees the positive finish. For anyone that has ever started a business, you will know exacttly what she is talking about. Sometimes it can be scarey, you sacrifice everything to one day have a business that will provide for your and give you the freedom to spend more time with your family. I have been in her shoes a few times myself, trying to stay above water but somehow it always works out you just have to keep doing and creating!!! Most of all Belief in yourself and doing the work is how you get there. And you must always take away the good things and transform the things that didn't work the way you planned with more precision and just keep trying!!!!
Here is what she has to say
Seeing the woman welding giant angel wings in the movie Castaway with Tom Hanks spoke to my soul and I knew it was my life mission to weld art. It took me nine months to save for tuition and into 2007 I was able to enroll in an adult welding class. In 2008 I was hired at a custom fabrication shop in my hometown where I worked for four years and was able to fix my credit and save to purchase a home with a garage. 2011, I purchased my home and nine months later I had saved enough to purchase the welders and equipment I needed to open my studio. I quickly went to work designing and creating anything I could think of. I left the fabrication job that I loved, to work for myself full-time in September 2014. To date, I've created sculptures for clients and eight different countries and have sculptures on display in three New York art galleries. My book, horseshoe Crafts-30 Projects You Can Weld At Home, is scheduled to be published in August 2017, it is available for preorder now. I love to teach and help people thrive so my YouTube channel, BarbieTheWelder, features "How To" videos for welders and entrepreneurs.
I live and work from my home in Erin, New York where I am saving up for property so I can build a big girl welding studio. When I started my journey my only goal was to create art and provide for my sons, but along the way, my goals have grown. Today my goals are to share my passion for creating sculpture by opening a school for what I call non-traditional arts, create my own line of work wear for women, design my own line of 4x4 accessories, design my own line of furniture, and inspire people all around the world to create a life around what makes them passionate!
You asked me to tell you what I do in my spare time but I don't have any! Being a full-time artist I have worked 18 hours a day 7 days a week for the last 5 years to keep my head above water. It has been very difficult and I have come close to financial ruin several times but it won't be like this forever! There is no better feeling than that of hard work paying off!! I do live the life of my dreams every day! I wake up in the morning excited to get out into my shop and create. Being a full-time artist/entrepreneur is not for everyone but I will say that my worst day working for myself is still better than my best day working for someone else!
Make sure you check out her book! Perfect for hobby welding as well as project ideas to sell t craft shows or even online.
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