We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Page and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
After years working in a gallery setting, I saw how often artists lacked a certain level of professional guidance that was limiting their growth. I wanted to help the artists whom I believed in and provide counsel to those who needed insight as to how to run their studio practice as a business. Artists are thrown to the wild to try and navigate a very confusing industry. I saw a need and I decided to become the service.
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I started my business with the purpose of helping professional artists and anytime they get a win or recognition, my heart is full. It’s been almost a year and I have seen huge advancements for many of my clients and knowing that it was our collaboration that led to these moments is very validating. There are always challenges but learning to adapt, where to go for support/guidance and continuing to build my network has helped me get through tough situations when they arise. After just a short amount of time, I have really started to build a name for myself and the work I do which I know will only continue to grow. I have firmly believed in operating from integrity and wanting the very best for my clients and it is because of this awareness for my values is what will leverage my company forward.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States and I am fortunate to be based here. Whenever I have guests, a mandatory trip up to the Self Realization Fellowship Gardens in Encinitas is in order. Balboa Park is also a must as there are endless options of activities and sights there. Sunsets at Del Mar Bluffs are a personal favorite. Little Italy has become the “it” spot and there are endless options for food and drink. Cocktails at Craft & Commerce, False Idol (when it was open), Kettner Exchange and the entire experience at Herb & Wood are personal favorites.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I was fortunate to work as Matt Devine’s studio manager for years (he is still a client) and I learned so much about an artist’s studio practice from that position. Matt saw how much I brought to the table and him and his wife encouraged me to take it further and become a business helping other artists as well. Without their support and encouragement, I am not sure Page Studio Management would exist but I now work with 10+ clients and more rotating in and out as needed.
Linkedin: Erin Page
Headshot image is courtesy of Tim Hardy