So since this week I started off with a video about NOT QUITTING so today I will share with you a story. This is how I learned how to Airbrush in TEN DAYS!
So in 2012 I was looking for ways to work in my field of Art since I hadn't had a job in art since I got my degree in 2007. I looked thru Craigslist and applied for anything that would allow me to create.
In my search I applied as a face painter at Kennywood (local PGH amusement park) and anything that caught my eye which was also a airbrush position at the mall that the ad said would be trained so I applied.
Months passed and one night at almost 11 pm I got a call the owner of the store saw my website and begged me to come to meet the airbrush artist but told me j would have ten days to learn from him and then would be on my own in the shop with another artist that knew how to airbrush.
So needless to say the HEAT was on! I was SCARED! I had never tried to airbrush and in my mind I was a mediocre artist at best. So instead of saying I didn't know anything and I was afraid. I accepted the appointment and interview. With sweaty palms and shaky hands I hung up and jumped for joy! It was my chance! But then shortly after DOUBT came!
So after I doubted myself I had to stop and think and Brian (my awesome husband) said that I could do it and not only could I do it that I would end up a great airbrush artist and that people would call me for all kinds of stuff. I smiled but didn't believe him lol.
The next day I came into the shop and stood watching this AMAZING artist crank out shirt after shirt beautifully painted and I felt a huge lump in my throat! There was no way I was gonna be able to do this (so I thought) and then the owner came in to basically tell me I would be training for ten days paid and then if I was good enough I would be hired. So I was ready even tho I was afraid. I spent the day watching.
The next day it was time to take action and so I picked up the airbrush the first time and it was a MESS! Fuzzy lines, I couldn't control the airbrush and I was like OMG this is not going to be good. But Marcus (the amazing artist) laughed and told me it's ok..... Try again.... Then again... And the first day was darts and lines and dots and I felt a lump in my throat because it was only day one.
Day one turned into day 6 and I had started to write the alphabet. Great right..... 4 days left and yay I'm drawing letters... And it wasn't all that smooth.... But Marchs kept smiling and saying I was doing great. I just knew deep down he was really laughing at me. But he wasn't.
I had pretty much gotten the hang of things and even though I doubted myself up until the day Marcus was about to leave. So it was time.... My first shirt... My first order all by myself. A black hoodie with a baseball and a name. NOW... If you know anything about airbrushing black is not the ideal color to paint because it takes a few go arounds to make it dark enough to show and show well. I was so nervous they would hate it then I did it. I did the best I could at the time and she LOVED it! The test was over..... I was officially an airbrush artist in ten days.
So what if I had allowed my fear to keep me from this wonderful opportunity and I never tried because it SEEMED impossible! I forgot to mention on day 7 i airbrushed a full portrait which was my BIGGEST fear and the shirt remained on display the entire time I worked in the store. Even tho I abruptly quit the store the owner still sends me customers and people who would like to make custom orders and now I run my own business and will soon open my own custom shop and attempt to teach someone else how to airbrush..... Maybe not in ten days but it certainly taught me NOTHING is impossible! Nobody ever knew it was only a few weeks for me as orders begin to pour in and soon my confidence level increased and I know I can paint anything on canvas so now I can airbrush anything.
Never let what SEEMS to be impossible frighten you so much that you don't take a huge leap of faith and BLOW THE WORLD AWAY! It can happen! It happens to regular people every single day.....
Dawn aka Javi is a Super Cool 32 year old wife and homeschooling mother to 2 young boys and now one new baby girl!!