In January of this year I was applying for an artist funding program through the City of Tacoma. On the application I was asked to list my business entity or, if I didn’t have one, I had to agree to create one if I received the funding. As is usual with me, I was optimistic about my chances and so I founded Be! Eugene Be! Creative (BEBC) that same day.
Although I didn’t get selected for the funding, I am still excited about BEBC as I work to position myself as an artist. I feel that forming a separate business to represent me and my work was an important step in my artistic career. The creation of a business entity, to stand between my artistic and my commercial endeavors, allows both sides to operate more effectively. It allows my creative lobe to fluidly process in a way that brings it joy, and my analytical lobe to systematically categorize and compartmentalize commercial endeavors, which makes it happy.
As the business entity on record for my artistic pursuits, BEBC is currently listed as a division of Blue Bungalow Glassworks, my wife Susan’s business. Check out her amazing work, which is available at the Tacoma Museum of Glass and at Union City Market on the Hood Canal.
In creating an ongoing concern, a real business, I published my website, created branding and positioning statements, revitalized my blog, and updated my social media presence to reflect the new entity (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). These activities helped me to solidify my resolve to be serious about my art & writing. They gave me a place to showcase my work but also to share my ideas and get reaction to potential projects. I am sure some of my posts have scared more than one of my old friends, made them wonder what the hell I am doing, and maybe even mute me on their Facebook page, but it has been worth it!
Now that I am working on preparing for Arts at the Armory (October 16 & 17, 2021, 11:00am to 5:00pm), I am using all of these resources to create a unified voice for my art and writing. It really is an exciting time for me and I hope you have a chance to learn more about Be! Eugene Be! Creative as you become more familiar with my work!