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10.20.2009

Studio Time: Studio Dreams Dilema- Ugh!

So it came to my attention or rather it became realized to my attention today that there is a new ceramic studio opening up that seems like a winning possibility for me. Some old classmates are moving into a space right above one of my favorite shops a block away from my honey's work. The studio members so far include 4 people whom I know for sure I would enjoy sharing a studio with. The monthly rent is an extremely reasonable amount that I'm 99.9% sure I could come up with. Being part of a studio would open so many doors for me as a young ceramic artist and may be in and of itself the first door into my career.



But...

This is a start up, and as with most start ups there will be additional costs to prepare the space (which is currently pretty blank) for use. Things like fixing the ventilation and installing more electrical outlets. Split between 20 people these costs should be very reasonable and manageable for most. But as a full time student and part time barista, it's not something I'm sure I can cover, as of yet there is no estimation for such start up costs. This brings me to another question- will I have time? On the bright side I will have 24 hour access to this studio as opposed to limited studio access as of yet. It is a short train ride from work and so would be accessible on those days (and of course others). But between work and school itself, I can't say how much usage I would actually be able to get from the space. (Read- I'm a commitaphobe.)



Ugh...

Dilema, dilema, dilema. This feels like a once in a lifetime opportunity and I don't know what to do. Say screw school and half ass it there so I can embark on my career path? I dunno, I really dislike the environment I am in at school and can't help but think putting more into my 'career' would be a better choice. Do I go for it and hope that it starts delivering sooner than later? I don't even know if I have the talent to warrent studio space for myself... or if I'm at the right skill level... AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHO TO TALK TO ABOUT IT!!!



Please help... on top of everything this is urgent. My classmates need a commitment by Friday. 3 days to figure it out. Does the timing mean it's not meant to be? Is this just temptation waving her finger  flamboyantly before my face? Can't someone make the decision for me!!!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do it baby. I got your back.

Linda Fahey said...

Jesse, is this a space born of some Ruby's people? I know all about it. Super awesome opportunity - impossible not to go for it!

You can do it!

Jesse Lu said...

Oh thanks guys! I've emailed the 'dude' in charge and hopefully it works out. This is soooo exciting!

Jesse Lu said...

P.S. Yes Linda, it is the studio project that Sharon Virtue is working on. I think that's what you mean about the Ruby's thing...

FetishGhost said...

Sometimes it's a darn good idea to jump in with both feet.The learning experience you'll get out of this win or lose will be invaluable.

onegrandhome said...

Maybe this is too late to be of use but just in case.

It sounds like an awesome opportunity *but* you don't want to become studio-poor so find out what happens if you can no longer shoulder your part of the costs. Can you sublet? Can you sell out? You don't want to end up in court. What happens if you are hit with assessments for new problems and you don't have available cash to put in?

Remember two things:
This will not be your only opportunity for such a venture so don't jump because you feel like the last boat is leaving.

You have to know the totality of your financial exposure as well as the potential upsides.

I hope it all works out. Good luck and let us know what you decide!

Anonymous said...

Do it, Witch Baby!!!! You are amazing and you'll pull it off...it's time...plus, Papa Will and I got your back, too! xoxox WEETZIE BAT

Jesse Lu said...

Now that I have the space... I'm looking back a few weeks ago and am so thankful for everyone's support and advice. All of you, folks I've known my whole life and folks I know only through a web browser, you have helped me get to this point and that's more than I could ever ask for. Really. I feel so lucky.

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