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The Rotary Club of Utica, New York, invited me to talk to them about my experience filming two online watercolor classes with the Craftsy Corporation. Since many of them are local business leaders, I talked about my experience going from an IBM executive speechwriter to an online artist in the “gig” economy.

Here’s a video synopsis of the talk.

My main message was that I was grateful. Grateful that I had a chance to have two careers — well, at least to start my second one as a fine artist — and that filming my two Craftsy classes has given me a jumpstart on that second career.

I concluded with the following Kurt Vonnegut quote:


For me, these are words to live by.

March is National Craft Month. If you want to practice an art, consider a Craftsy class. Through March 13, 2016, you’ll be entered to win a $1,000 donation to a craft-focused charity of your choice.

Happy creating!