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#BoldBossTribe :: Kira Rudjen

Bold & Pop :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Kira Rudjen of kirastinystudio

Kira Rudjen | kirastinystudio

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Bold & Pop :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Kira Rudjen of kirastinystudio

I am Kira Rudjen, the owner at kirastinystudio. Actually, I am mostly known for my accidental skill at making every meal be bread and wearing clothes that could also be tapestries. Most days you can find me drinking my weight in coffee and hanging with my trusty sidekick Mischief the Cat.

I love bringing joy into the world through the little things I make, find, and discover. I think trinkets and tokens can be harbingers of good luck and happiness if they are bought (or gifted!) with the right intention. I create pieces for people who are totally into finding happiness in the little things, who like to stop and smile at the flowers. I am lucky to have the ability to share these things with my friends and family, and now you!

As an artist in NYC, I have been blessed to come across and appreciate buckets of other people in the creative world and occasionally get to work with them and share their works on the website. When I'm not busy with kirastinystudio you can find me in my tiny kitchen playing with new recipes and flavors, trying to make the staples more interesting! Also, I love to make as many different kinds of pancakes as I can. Life goal, always beat my last batch.

Bold & Pop :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Kira Rudjen of kirastinystudio

IF YOU'RE DYING TO KNOW MORE... (thanks for reading this whole way!)
Here are some trivia answers for you in case I am ever a response for Jeopardy one day.

  1. I am left handed when I write, but I am right hand dominant and to be honest, I think I'm ambidextrous most days!

  2. My alma mater had a dragon as their mascot, and I firmly believe its ALWAYS a GREAT day to be a dragon.

  3. I don't hate puns. I love them.

  4. I am totally the old man friend in every tribe of mine. Staying up past 10? Not when I walked to school uphill both ways in knee deep snow, my friends.

  5. I hail from Minnesota! (That's where the snow uphill joke may or not be a joke.)

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

Truthfully I had a pretty damaging childhood that left me making some not so good life choices and marrying a not so good guy. So. When an opportunity came for me to leave that situation, really really leave it... I realized how much life I hadn't been living. I was trained as a painter, and was unable to paint. I was so afraid to fall, to fail, to flop. I would start sweating and my heart would start going nutso (technical term). I was feeling like I had all this in me and I couldn't articulate it.

A friend left the place we worked at together to pursue a job at a gemstore making bracelets. I wanted to try that as well. I found that by approaching making and doing, it didn't matter what the end product was the important part was the release of creative happiness into the world. I decided after my first piece was finished that I wanted to make more happy things to share. I invested in my self and left my full-time career to work on kirastinystudio this past summer, and I started painting again. Now I am officially a full-time artist and I couldn't be happier.

Bold & Pop :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Kira Rudjen of kirastinystudio

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?: 

Do one thing every day that you haven't ever done before, and write it down. By creating a physical paper trail of your achievements in bravery, you will realize how much you are really capable of. Sometimes as business owners and bosses we forget that we can't always forge ahead at full steam and that leads us to feel like we aren't working the right way. Don't forget that you are your own whole universe, and none of this would be possible without you. It shouldn't feel like a lot of pressure it should feel liberating! If you are a new bold boss, ask questions! Be the loud one in the meetings! Hoard information that delights you or feels like its worth a second glance! Don't be afraid to start! Always, always eat the second cookie. Take chances. Ask for help. Be kind to yourself. Drink coffee at weird times and be the bold boss that gets shit done. Be proud of yourself, the whole world is.

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#BoldBossTribe :: Elise Rorick

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe Feature with Elise Rorick of Lusicovi Creative

Elise Rorick | Lusicovi Creative

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Super long story short: I have known that I wanted to be a photographer since I was 12. Legit. But I didn't know HOW I could actually do that sustainably until I was...eh....28? (My current age. haha) I started to realize I could have a business as a wedding photographer in college, but I didn't really want to do that type of photography. Then I realized I could have a business as a portrait photographer post-grad, but I also didn't really love that. I don't hate portrait work, but I still didn't 200% love it, and I didn't have the confidence to think anyone would actually hire me. But I tried anyways. On the side. Always juggling my business + my art + my full-time job to struggle to pay the bills.

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe Feature with Elise Rorick of Lusicovi Creative

Then I stumbled into product photography and loved it! Finally, I had a full-time job I liked that paid (sort of) decently. But I still had my side job and my side art and it was all exhausting. A year ago I quit my full time (but soul-sucking) product photography job to pursue product photography that paid well and dealt with clients that I truly loved who were ethical and soulful and inspired!

One year later I am still just now figuring out how to even do that and am still working on making that a sustainable (read: profitable) part of my business. I finally have a (more or less) plan, I just have to buckle down and implement it! (Can I get a cheer for fear-based procrastination? anyone? anyone?) Meanwhile, because freelancing as a product photographer comes with really high highs and low lows in terms of busy-ness and demands, for the first time in my life I was looking at a Q1 with likely very little freelance booking, and, more unbelievably, no actual *need* to bring in significant income for a month or three. Which is presenting me with the question: do I want to take this time to really buckle down and focus on launching my product photography business? OR, do I want to take two months and just focus on making art, which is my true passion and the only thing I make the money for -- so that I can make art.

All of it has always only been about supporting myself and building a dream business so I can have a dream life *so that I can make the art.* I have a list of art projects, half of which are also entrepreneurial and could make a profit (if done well). Of course, that financial security may not be what I thought it was two weeks ago (because, freelancing), but the byproduct of it is that I did the soul searching and I have the answers and now I don't think I can go backwards. So, I am currently making a pivot and truly am embracing my underwater photography and painting artwork (all story and literary inspired, and a little bit magical), to see where it can take me! Which is, ya know, exciting and also terrifying, and bolder than I ever thought I could be.

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe Feature with Elise Rorick of Lusicovi Creative

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

Quitting my full-time job and totally leaping out into the unknown and uncertain world of freelancing was one of the scariest and boldest and most thrilling things I've ever done. I didn't know exactly how I was going to make it work (I still don't completely), but I just knew deep inside that I *had* to. I had to try. I had to go for it. I couldn't keep myself small anymore. I'm starting to feel the same way about my artwork, and about pursuing a career as an *artist* (Yeah, just an artist), instead of an artist who does product photography as a way to be creative and also make money.

So I am currently taking another bold leap into the unknown and uncertain. And it's even scarier this time because my art is so personal and so linked to my soul. Eek! But I just launched a Patreon page, and immediately got two small supporters, which brought me to tears, and I have an amazing cheerleading squad of friends and family and supporters, so I think big changes are on the horizon! I may finally actually work on these wild inspiring projects that have been percolating for months and years! 

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe Feature with Elise Rorick of Lusicovi Creative

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?: 

My biggest piece of advice is that you need to believe in yourself! And, the best piece of advice I've ever heard, which I repeat to anyone and everyone is very simply: Make. Good. Art. Anytime I am struggling, that is always the answer: just make good art. (Shout out to Neil Gaiman for that gem!)

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#BoldBossTribe :: Daniel Nickels

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe :: Daniel Nickels
Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe :: Daniel Nickels

Tell us your bold boss story!

My name is Daniel Nickels I am an independent musician based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. I work a full-time job as a nurse, on my days off I play shows, record in the studio, song-write, collaborate with other musicians, compose and teach guitar. I have played music in a band called "Leeward Fate" for over eight years now and I am currently working on my solo album which will illustrate the very core of my existence through a full length track list. Everyday I am heavy handed in promotion, networking and establishing relationships among other people and artists who are pursuing something bigger than themselves. I mostly spend all of my money on something that is musically related. One of the things that I have learned over the years is that it takes teamwork to help build something from the ground up. You must have the right people in your corner who you can rely on and trust at all times. Having the wrong people can truly make or break your business. I am constantly in pursuit of the next song to write, the bigger venue to play and the next hand to shake to take my business up to the next steppingstone in my musical career.

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe :: Daniel Nickels

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!

I was playing a venue in Wilmington, N.C. to a very small crowd when all the sudden around one hundred people showed up all wearing santa costumes, and immediately started dancing to the music. At that moment, I knew I made the right decision to book that particular venue.

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?

Always trust your gut instinct when making major business decisions.

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