We had the good fortune of connecting with Christopharo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Christopharo, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I love the freedom and challenges to having my own business. From the time I started my first business to the present, its always been my drive to be free to follow my bliss, make my own decisions, and meet my challenges head on. Naturally my thought process was to gather all the information I needed to meet the challenges of starting my business. Living in the age of the internet is great for that. The most important thing I feel one needs in starting one’s own business is to be able to equate one’s passion with a service that is unique to a consumer demographic. That’s basic supply and demand. So if someone is an artist, they should have a unique style of work they create and sell and a following of people that want to buy. Also know one’s strengths and weaknesses and make it work for you. For example one needs to know what type of artist they are, Fine artist, Illustrator, or somewhere in between. Also, if you’re an artist that’s bad at deadlines and commissions you may consider focusing on prints at various price ranges to sustain your income during down times in original productivity. Generally these are things one must feel out as they go, so it’s good to start slow. In other words, you can follow your bliss but don’t forget to adapt and don’t build yourself into a corner. Grow your business when it makes sense to grow.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My work is constantly changing; it started in the visual realm and now it includes: writing, performing, composing, design and inventions. Perhaps that’s what makes me unique; I’m constantly changing and I’m not afraid to dive into the unexplored areas and put it on the market if I feel it’s worth the time to do so. It all generally starts with an inspiration of what I’m interested in at the time, mainly because I loose interest in doing the same things over and over again. As a result, that’s the big lesson I’ve learned… to go where my creative flow takes me. It’s literally taken me to various parts of the world, creative careers I’ve always dreamed of, and to loosely quote Twilight Zone, “The summits of imagination”. Currently I’ve been doing work for the Toy Industry for the past few years… but I’ve been itching to finish that up and either get back to writing or painting. I’m not sure what will happen yet… maybe both. Either way, I’m excited for the feeling of change and the surprises instore for me…

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, due to good ol’ Covid… I’m not sure going out with besties would be a good idea at this time. It will be interesting to see what will happen to businesses for the public recreation. Its sad, really, what’s happened to so many businesses and probably will happen to many more before this is all over. Many businesses that have had to close will sadly never open again. Things may never be the same again in some aspects. Either way this is one for the history books and to tell grand kids.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’ve had many people of inspiration in my life; many wonderful and amazing art instructors, but the one person I’d love to give a shout out to is my older brother Alex Ledante. You could say he put me on the path of insanity. When I was old enough to pick up a pencil or crayon, he and I would draw side by side and he would show me how to make things that some would say, “put me a head of the curve” for my age. Also, he had a wealth of really great how-to-books and inspirational stuff I’d get to borrow. So I have to say that Alex taught me a lot when I was growing up (and still does), That’s generally what happens when someone is five years older. As adults five years means very little, but as little kids five years is huge. Thank you, Alex! Love you, big brother!

Website: christopharo.com
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopharo/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artbychristopharo

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