FEW creative types manage to turn ideas into a business, but furniture designer Mark Tuckey is out to help Border artists do just that.
Mr Tuckey will headline a Wodonga forum about creative success with ARIA award-winning singer Clare Bowditch.
Bright Sparks 2013 will also feature a few Border people whose ideas have flourished outside a large city.
Mr Tuckey started his furniture business 30 years ago with $200 and an old F100, and now has shops in Melbourne and Sydney and a staff of 45.
He said just doing something he loved, not thoughts of a glowing future, had driven his success.
“I wanted to do something I was passionate about,” Mr Tuckey said.
“I knew making money wasn’t the be all and end all — the measure of success is being able to get up every day and do something you enjoy.”
Mr Tuckey, from Parkes, NSW, started making furniture from a garage in Armadale, Melbourne. Now his designs will soon be available on his website.
He said developing a national business was not easy and required discipline.
“And I suppose where there’s a will there’s a way — you have to start somewhere,” he said.
Belief could also be the difference between making it and not.
“Plenty of talented people don’t turn their ideas into successful businesses and a lot of that is belief,” he said.
“Just have a belief in it and just get on with it — give it a try.”
Murray Arts manager Karen Gardner said Bright Sparks provided creative types with good business role models and advice.
“There is a lack of understanding and business advice out there for creative people,” she said.
“People don’t know where to go for advice and sometimes they’re told they don’t have a good idea when they do.”
The forum is on Friday, October 18. Go to murrayarts.org.au/brightsparks or call HotHouse Theatre on (02) 6021 7433.