Julie Ann Art

Quit Your Day Job Feature

By August 6, 2013 June 19th, 2015 23 Comments
It was around 8am on a Saturday morning. We were in a hotel bed in Half Moon Bay, mentally preparing to shoot a wedding that day. In my attempt to wake up, I started checking e-mails on my phone. That’s when I saw it. “Etsy’s Quit Your Day Job Feature – Interested?” I immediately sat straight up, “omg!” Jordan rolled over. “Hm?” I’m pretty sure I didn’t immediately respond, I was too busy skimming the e-mail. Is this for real? Is it legit? Omgomg!

I’m not sure how they found me. I’m not sure how they knew I quit my day job. But wow. I felt so lucky. The Quit Your Day Job series is one I have read for years, dreaming that “one day that would be me.” Just coming to the point of quitting my day job was more than I could ask for, but actually being given the opportunity to participate in the series was pretty mind blowing.

I read over my interview answers about 50 times. I had Jordan read them as well. Besides a few grammatical changes, he told me everything sounded great. He also took my photos for the feature. I’ll admit it wasn’t an easy task. I swear, I thought I was getting better at having him take my picture but I think because this was so important to me that I just turned into a perfectionist freak all over again. Despite this, he did a great job.

While I was nervous that such a feature could open me and my shop up to scrutiny, reading the comments was a lot of fun. It made me really realize what my “story” is. I like that I’m not an overnight success. I like that it took a lot of persistent work to get to where I am today.  I hope that this inspires others to not give up and to continue to pursue their dreams.

If you haven’t had a chance to read the article, you can do so here.

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