Art, Art Therapist in Training, Blogging, Graduate School, Papercrafting, Photography

~Taps Mic~ Is this thing on? (My struggle with audience/niche.)

I am struggling with niche and audience.  Well, if you are reading this – you are my audience.  I appreciate you! You probably stumbled on my blog via WordPress land or from my Twitter profile.  Nonetheless, I still need to define who my audience is and how I can grow my audience. Perhaps you can help me?

First –

  • I’m a graduate student just entering the field of Art Therapy/Counseling.  So I could brand myself as a graduate student.  Or I would like to start building my professional image as an Art Therapist (who is currently in school.) So is my audience other graduate students who might share the same experience?  Or is my audience the Art Therapy community?  See the dilemma?
  • Also, I’m a photojournalist – albeit on hiatus currently, but I still have skills and it is my artistic forte.  Every art therapist will have an artist identity.  In the real world, I would like to have clients who might need portraits done. How do said clients find me and why would they hire an Art Therapy grad student? Oh wait, this grad student is a professional photographer!
  • Then there is papercrafting.  I make cards, occasionally scrapbook, and dabble in mixed media.  Oh yeah, and I am a Fun Stampers Journey Coach (#10520).  I have been wanting to show cards on this blog and even easy how-tos that have helped me.  However, is there a need for folks to see my papercrafting?  I hope so!


More thoughts to come on this…

Thanks for any thoughts or insights…Good night all!

Art Therapist in Training, Existentialism, Graduate School, Theory

What is the meaning of life? Is it bacon?

What is the meaning of life? Each one of us define this in a different way. Perhaps this is why Existential therapy can make an impact for clients who are struggling with what they are doing in life. No, not the “doings” and many people get caught up in all the go-go-go, but lose sight of what they really want to do.

As we discussed Existentialism in class and then we made a responsive art work, I felt like existentialism is the type of philosophy that could be discussed for days. I felt a longing to know what is the real impact? Why should I care, and can I see myself using this concept and type of therapy in my future practice? Of course, in order to answer these questions for myself (and this paper); I had to do some further studying in the reading and my own self-reflection.

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Professional Orgs! What are they good for?

It goes without saying that participation in professional organizations can very well behoove the modern professional. There are many benefits that come with being a member of a professional organization. The most obvious benefit is networking, and networking can help young students and professionals get a foot into the field.

In the last few years of my undergraduate college years, I was lucky enough to be a part of 2 organizations. Since I pursued 2 degrees in Journalism and Photography, then I participated in both the local chapter of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ); and also National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). I volunteered at the national conference for each professional org, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

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