Q: Jill, I’m a visual artist looking for an informal artists’ network. I’m looking for some help in getting my artwork shown and they’re just too many resources to sift through. Can you help me limit my search?
—Patrick L. Hirs
A: Too many resources can be overwhelming, but the truth is your work is worth the stress. You’ve got to do the foot work to find your best fit. Check out the Toronto Arts Coalition (www.torontoartscoalition.org) and Visual Arts Ontario (www.vao.org). Another important step is networking with fellow artists. Plan to attend Mixed Nuts: An Eclectic Art Presentation, which is running until Nov. 30, at the Whippersnapper Gallery (587A College St.). About 14 artists will be showing their work, including artists Ewart Raymond, Marta Green and Raymond De Ramos.
Q: Jill, I’m thinking of a job change. I’ve been a secretarial assistant for nine years at the same company and it’s time I consider my own advancement. I’ve always had an interest — and do have some educational background — in marketing and even in having my own business, but I’m nervous. Is there someone you could recommend I speak with to learn more about what marketing type careers might be out there for me?
— Seeking new career
A: Good for you for putting yourself first! Now is a great time to get connected with other women who, like yourself, are taking charge of their careers. Visit the websites and read some of the profiles at Women Entrepreneurs of Canada (www.wec.ca) and Women in Leadership Foundation (www.womeninleadership.ca). These two sites alone will lead you to countless career resources, especially for women. Marketing Magazine (www.marketingmag.ca) and the Canadian Marketing Association (www.the-cma.org) will also be useful. The YWCA (www.ywcatoronto.org) has several employment readiness programs for women such as the LEAP Employment Program that you might also want to explore.
This is a big step in your life and it surely will not be easy, but if it’s what you want you will have the endurance to see it through. Good luck.
Jill Andrew CYW, BA (Hons.), BEd, MA ‘08 is an award-winning journalist and educator with additional expertise in the performing arts, public speaking, PR, media literacy/awareness, fundraising and entrepreneurship. www.jillandrewmedia.com, or www.curvycatwalk.com.
|jill’s tip of the week|