About Deborah – Why An Artist Community Online
Hello! I’m so glad you stopped by to check out my site. I’m Deborah A. Ten Brink. Today, I am living my dream. I live in a beautiful community in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. I am married, have children and grandchildren. Living in the valley surrounded by mountains, wildlife, and clear starry night skies, it sometimes feels like a dream. Let me explain why an artist community online became important to me.
I didn’t always get to live my dream. I am originally from the Midwest with small-town values. For most of my adult life, I made a lot of other people money. I focused on their dreams, their goals, their online presence. Now, don’t get me wrong – it’s a privilege to help others achieve success. And, I too, did have some measure of success myself by providing the services that I did. It’s just that my “why” was to have a nice house, cars, take care of my children, travel a bit, and so on. I think much differently at this stage of my life.
Many people my age are retired and taking it easy. I just don’t see me ever doing that. But never say never! I was doing quite well when the 2008 U. S. economy collapsed. I lost my entire nationwide network! Many of my associates lost houses, cars, jobs and had their marriages destroyed. It was horrific. I had just published a book and built a series of seminars around it. I had to cancel all of the scheduled seminars for the rest of the year. No one had any money to travel or spend on seminars. I lost my business and had to file bankruptcy. It was like I was finally being rewarded for all my hard work and then it was all ripped away in a matter of about 4 months.
You can read the longer more complete version of the highlights of my journey here.
Well, you can sit around and feel sorry for yourself or you can collect your thoughts and gather up your perseverance and move forward with your life. Quitting has never been an option for me. Every time I have had a setback, I pick myself up, learn from the experience and create a new life for myself. Yes, I know!
Why An Artist Online Community?
Once I got settled into my Arizona home, I started to get out and about with my best friend who doesn’t live far from me. She introduced me to a lot of other creative souls and I got to know their hopes and their dreams. I also got to hear how they weren’t getting the sales, shows or pay they had hoped they would. I learned first hand how difficult their challenges were but how they would not give up their dreams.
I realized that given my background, I could somehow figure out a way to help these people. Some were musicians, some singers, some songwriters, actors, authors, and artists. I began to feel strongly about helping those that wanted to retire from the corporate world and finally live their creative dream in retirement. Many now found they had the time and the financial means to really focus on their abilities to create something beautiful for the world to enjoy.
I decided to start a Facebook Group just for these types of people who were so much like me. Typical marketing and business plans don’t work the same for creative individuals as they do for other service-type businesses. If you don’t have the working capital, it can be a long time between sales, gigs, or shows for an artist. If you are living on a fixed income and try to live your dreams, it can be a very tiny budget that you have to work with. Stop by and request to join our Group!
Since I’ve been online since the mid-90’s and have successfully created several businesses, have been marketing director for 3 companies, and have the same passion and drive as the rest of the struggling artists out there, I thought I should do something to provide a hard-working artist a real online Community. A place for safety, support, brainstorming, collaborating and just being free to learn and grow amongst fellow artists that understand their struggles, challenges, and needs.
The short answer is: I want to help you succeed online.
“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.” ― Steve Maraboli
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ― John Holmes
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
― Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
― Maya Angelou
My goal is to be fulfilled. My definition of fulfillment is being emotionally, spiritually, physically, mentally and financially balanced and happy. I just plain feel good when I give back after I’ve been given so much.
If you feel that our Community is a good fit for you, please start by connecting with me through social media. Just click the floating social media icons on the left side of my blog. Then you can sign up for my newsletter and get juicy tips about promoting your business online right in your inbox.
And finally, please read this carefully:
You will see many online claiming to be the “Queen of Online Marketing,” or “The God of Blogging,” or other guru-type titles that mean absolutely nothing. I am not claiming to be anything other than what I am. I’ve been online a long time, I know what I know. I also know what I don’t know! The things I will present to you here are not hidden secrets I’ve discovered from a lost civilization, or higher-knowledge beamed down to me from an alien culture on another planet or any other such nonsense. The strategies, principles, and techniques I will reveal are not get-rich-quick schemes or things that only I know. They are things that I have tried that have worked well for me and many of the people I’ve helped. That means that what I will share with you both on my site and in a newsletter are things that are tried, tested, and have been proven they work many. What I do just a bit differently is tweak them to work well for artists and creative types instead of the other types of marketers out there.
With that being said, you may have noticed that I’m not asking you to “hire” me for anything. You also won’t see me offering for you to “work with me” or any paid consultations – I absolutely love to help people but the truth is if you do your own research, most of the information I will give you can be found for free here on my blog or elsewhere online. If you need some help, just use my contact form to send me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. So, since I know what I’m doing and I’m not charging you for it, what is my goal? (See, I know what you’re thinking!).
I want to present all of the information you need to be successful online in a direct, no-nonsense easy to understand format so that you can do this yourself. ~ Deborah
Do not listen to most of the online sales pitches out there telling you how easy this will be! You have to be mentally prepared. Trying to earn money online takes a lot of hard work, a lot of patience and a lot of persistence. Your results will be determined by your efforts.
I can only speak from my experience. You can learn from that experience. I have met many amazing people online that have taught me so many powerful things. This is my way of paying forward the knowledge and experience I have gained by being a student of many others.
If you read the long version of “About Deborah,” you will see that I certainly do have a sales background. However, my approach has always been to serve people, to assist them with whatever challenges they may have. I have done well by remembering that I am a servant. I have never used hard sales tactics, (I’ve never had to) and I’m not about to start now. I will only share real-life case studies and recommend things based upon my own experience with online business and blogging.
I know that’s a lot of reading, but I wanted you to have a clear understanding of what to expect from me.
To your amazing online success,