Jamie Wardley is a professional sand artist who creates far more than the sand castles I joked about. In his own words, "I am a mixed bag with a dose of art, a sprinkle of theatre and an education in Environmental Sciences. I have always tried to do things that bring enjoyment, as I believe if you do, then there is a real chance you will be successful and fulfilled.All the details sort themselves out in the end and great things happen if you just have a go. This led me to working in ice hotels and international sand sculpture festivals across the globe."
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- Don't undervalue routine - it's a good chance to reset and develop your business and yourself
- Flair plus drive - you're going to get better at anything
- His young daughter draws every day - practicing - because she wants to
- Become the best in your tiny niche
- The way it started was by saying 'hello' to someone [a sand sculptor] on holiday
- Application and passion and enthusiasm is more important than raw flair
- If people want this sort of thing then they can find it - getting a good blog and telling the world about it was key
- niche, if you can, is really good
- First time he got paid was for making a mermaid in Warrington
- First one was very stressful but he has developed a self-confidence from persistence
- Working out your running overheads is really important
- 25% art, the rest is running a business and planning
- When you're an artist you really want to focus. But leading a team you are constantly being distracted.
- There's only so many things you can do in life, so you need to focus on what you really want to do any say 'no' to everything else
- You have to allow yourself and your team to make mistakes. That's really important.
- Choosing a day rate is hard - this day has to pay for all the other days
- Economic worth - the base costs, plus how much is something worth to the other side
- Charge what it's worth, not what it costs.
- If you have takeaway fish and chips don't put on vinegar - it sweats and go mushy
- Originally was going to be an outdoor pursuits instructor
- Allow yourself to have a go
- You don't have to win to be a winner, you just have to try. A lot of people fail merely because they don't try
- Ambitions are fluid - once you reach A you want to get to B
- I started by having fun and following my nose. It's the path to fulfilment. Follow your nose and opportunities will arise
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