We all know of the saying "starving artist. If you go into the art of making reborn baby dolls, it's a natural question to wonder if you can actually quit your day job and make a full time income making reborn baby dolls.
The answer is actually not very straightforward.
If you want to make full time income as a reborn baby artist, you'd have to first be real with yourself about what full time income means to you.
For example, if you're young with no children and no financial obligations, maybe full time income is making a little over $1000 or month, or less. (I hope previous answer does not make me look out of teach with young people living the young and free life...just saying). If that is your financial goal, then that is very possible to do as a reborn baby doll artist.
If you have children, a mortgage, and other obligations, I'd say
When you make a reborn baby doll, you are taking a risk because there is the possibility that the reborn baby doll won't sell. Won't sell?! Listen, don't get all cocky here. Yes, I know I just talked in my last blog about your art being wonderful. But even if it is the most wonderful reborn baby doll that anyone ever placed their eyes on, there is a chance that no one will want to buy it. I think the chance is small if you have a good following, but we are keeping it real here, remember?
One another note, If iou're doing custom orders, you're going to have to have some faith that each month you will get a certain amount of custom orders to reach your income goals.
So what am I saying? Ok ok, I'm getting to the point.
Yes, it is possible to make full time income, but that means different things to each of us.
There are some artists out there who create reborn babies as their full time job, but I have not seen anyone reporting how much that income actually is. So please keep that in mind. We all have different income needs. So just because someone says, "I'm a full time reborn baby artist" doesn't mean that they are driving a Mercedes Benz....and it doesn't mean that they are eating cup 'o noodles every night either. (No offense young people...ok just kidding, I know some of you can cook. That's just what my single and childless life was like.)
BUT, that's not to say that you can't make full time income that is substantial and can meet your needs.
If you want to be a full time reborn baby doll artist here are some tips I would suggest (and these are actual tips I am using right now because I'm not a full time artist yet...).
Full Time Reborn Baby Artist Tips:
1. Diversify your product
You have to offer something that will keep getting you sales. Be creative and think of ways to reach larger market. That may mean more than just selling reborn babies. You cannot put all of your eggs into one basket.
2. Have an Emergency Fund
Probably the last tip you want to see, I know, but we are keeping it real here. Be in a position where you can deal with irregular income. As a reborn doll artist you will have months will you make a lot of money and then you will have months where you will unfortunately hit a dry spell. It happens. You have to prepare for it by having a nice sized savings and emergency fund set up to keep you and your family afloat.
3. Market yourself
No one is gonna walk into your studio and ask for you to make them reborn doll. Okay, well maybe your family will, but the majority of reborn baby dolls are sold online. You have to be shameless and put your work out there. No one's gonna know about you if you don't show your reborn babies. And with the power of the internet, you can quite literally show your reborn baby dolls to the world.
4. Quality Control
Put time into your product. Some people make really nice reborn dolls faster than others, so I can't tell you how much time to put. But I would suggest walking away from your dolls a few times during each work session. Whenever I walk away and come back I have "fresh eyes" and that allows me to add things differently than I did before. And I try to make each baby better than the last.
5. Don't Quit Your Day Job
Not yet, anyway. I think that having job is what makes my doll art so much more enjoyable and not like work. Plus it pushes me to really make time to create my reborn baby dolls. And, most importantly, it keeps my finances afloat so I'm not stressed about needing to sell a reborn baby doll in order to pay my mortgage.
So what are your ideas about being a full time reborn baby artist? Or a full time artist? Please a comment below, I'd love to hear your ideas.
Be blessed <3