CraftyPod #83: Making a Creative Career, with Kim Werker

02 Jan 2009

 
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In this show:

- An interview with Kim Werker, a talented woman who's built an amazing career in craft. She tells us how that happened and what it looks like.

- What made Kim leave a dream crafty job? What comes next?

- And how will the current economic mess affect people who make their careers in craft?

Links:

- Keep up with Kim's new year at her blog.

- Here's a page of Kim's books.

- If you love your hook, do not miss CrochetMe.com, which Kim started on a whim. It's a huge community, now stewarded by Interweave Press.

- Until recently, Kim was also editor of Interweave Crochet.

- If you haven't already, do check out Kim's interview with Joss Whedon!

- If you want to get really fired up about the new year, check out Gary Vaynerchuk. Arm-waving is optional. :-)

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Oh, wow, Diane. I already loved Kim's work, and her book just kind of lives at the dining table, but the website was unknown to me. Thank you so much for telling us about it!

I'm eager to listen to the interview, too, but always wait until DH is elsewhere. Voices coming from my laptop seem to alarm him, lol.


Great show! Kill it! Feel woken up and full of energy after listening to this episode.. xoxo


This was fantastic, it really gave me a lot to think about. I like the look of the patterns in the book too, I'm just learning to crochet properly at the moment, so I'm on the look-out for patterns that will inspire me.

Oh, and I especially loved the link to Gary Vaynerchuk - I've just spent more than an hour watching videos on his site.


Excellent show!!!! You were both awesome! I've come away feeling like you asked all questions that needed asking ...thanks. And Kim, you are brilliant...really brilliant. I've have been stumbling along trying to make a living as a crafter, and it's taken me years to start to get all the things you mentioned in a nutshell....you really do have a handle on what it takes to make a living as a crafter (or in my case a dyer)....
Thank you both for your encouragement and direction.
Wishing you all the best.


Thanks, this was a great podcast! Can't wait to find out what Kim does next.


So much great advice!


i finally got the chance to listen to this today and it was excellent. a lot of times i feel like i am working in a vacuum with no "career peers" so it was good to hear kim's perspective. thanks for doing the interview!


I'm so glad I made the time to listen to this one. Kim confirmed a lot of thoughts that I had about how to improve my business, and how to change things to move with the new economy. I also really appreciate her perspective on not always "finishing" things, although in the case of Kim's work at the magazine, I see her moving on as just that (moving on) and not as quitting anything, or neglecting to finish something. It's great that she trusts herself well enough to take a step forward.


I love the interview with Kim. She really fired me up and made me look at the economic times in a different way.


This was an excellent podcast, thank you for putting it together. This is the first time I've been to your website (I found you on futuregirl.com). The interview was awesome (both your questions and the responses) and so freaking motivating! Kim's next career move should probably be motivational speaking. :)

I will be sure to listen again soon!


What an excellent interview. Some really interesting questions and equally inspiring answers.

Kim has a distinct way of inspiring the listener to push oneself beyond their safety zone and experiment with their capabilities.

I know I've been thinking seriously about some of these issues you covered and Kim has confirmed my thoughts that my decisions are the right ones for me.

Well done - a thoroughly enjoyable show.
Thanks!


I've been super slack in listening for a while ... but I'm glad I made time for this one! She says a lot of the things I've been waiting for someone to say, plus a million and one other great things.

I think it's awesome that she can be such a great example of knowing yourself and acting accordingly. Not everyone's a starter, or an idea man, or a finisher and the trick is to know what you are.

Thanks again for such a great podcast, Diane. I can only imagine how much work goes into one of these!


Well... KILL IT!!! *lol*
Great show! Thank you so much! :)


Thanks for a great podcast! I'm going backwards and catching up. I'm especially interested in talks about craft as a career and in business...how to balance your passion for the craft while trying to make it a day job. Love all the great advice and Kim is a great motivator in speaking as well :P


What an excellent interview. Some really interesting questions and equally inspiring answers.

Kim has a distinct way of inspiring the listener to push oneself beyond their safety zone and experiment with their capabilities.

I know I've been thinking seriously about some of these issues you covered and Kim has confirmed my thoughts that my decisions are the right ones for me.

Well done - a thoroughly enjoyable show.
Thanks!


I've been super slack in listening for a while ... but I'm glad I made time for this one! She says a lot of the things I've been waiting for someone to say, plus a million and one other great things.

I think it's awesome that she can be such a great example of knowing yourself and acting accordingly. Not everyone's a starter, or an idea man, or a finisher and the trick is to know what you are.

Thanks again for such a great podcast, Diane. I can only imagine how much work goes into one of these!


Oh, wow, Diane. I already loved Kim's work, and her book just kind of lives at the dining table, but the website was unknown to me. Thank you so much for telling us about it!

I'm eager to listen to the interview, too, but always wait until DH is elsewhere. Voices coming from my laptop seem to alarm him, lol.


This was fantastic, it really gave me a lot to think about. I like the look of the patterns in the book too, I'm just learning to crochet properly at the moment, so I'm on the look-out for patterns that will inspire me.

Oh, and I especially loved the link to Gary Vaynerchuk - I've just spent more than an hour watching videos on his site.


I love the interview with Kim. She really fired me up and made me look at the economic times in a different way.


I'm so glad I made the time to listen to this one. Kim confirmed a lot of thoughts that I had about how to improve my business, and how to change things to move with the new economy. I also really appreciate her perspective on not always "finishing" things, although in the case of Kim's work at the magazine, I see her moving on as just that (moving on) and not as quitting anything, or neglecting to finish something. It's great that she trusts herself well enough to take a step forward.


So much great advice!


i finally got the chance to listen to this today and it was excellent. a lot of times i feel like i am working in a vacuum with no "career peers" so it was good to hear kim's perspective. thanks for doing the interview!


This was an excellent podcast, thank you for putting it together. This is the first time I've been to your website (I found you on futuregirl.com). The interview was awesome (both your questions and the responses) and so freaking motivating! Kim's next career move should probably be motivational speaking. :)

I will be sure to listen again soon!


Great show! Kill it! Feel woken up and full of energy after listening to this episode.. xoxo


Excellent show!!!! You were both awesome! I've come away feeling like you asked all questions that needed asking ...thanks. And Kim, you are brilliant...really brilliant. I've have been stumbling along trying to make a living as a crafter, and it's taken me years to start to get all the things you mentioned in a nutshell....you really do have a handle on what it takes to make a living as a crafter (or in my case a dyer)....
Thank you both for your encouragement and direction.
Wishing you all the best.


Thanks, this was a great podcast! Can't wait to find out what Kim does next.


Well... KILL IT!!! *lol*
Great show! Thank you so much! :)


Thanks for a great podcast! I'm going backwards and catching up. I'm especially interested in talks about craft as a career and in business...how to balance your passion for the craft while trying to make it a day job. Love all the great advice and Kim is a great motivator in speaking as well :P


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