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Making It in Art

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Charlotte, N.C. (WJZY) -- "I was drawing when I was three, my family still has my little sketches," said Carmella Jarvi.

Carmella Jarvi has been an artist her whole life. Her most recent endeavor - glass.

"Water has been in my work for many years. A few years ago, I had the chance to swim in Caribbean waters, when I came back, I changed to glass," said Carmella.

She shares a studio with her husband Chris Craft.

"This is not a cooking show as many people think when I do demonstrations. I have a lot of pots and pans. I melt wax, mix it with pigment and put it on my boards," said Chris.

This year, Carmella and Christ took the leap of faith to be full-time artists.

"Many artists are introverted and would like to be in their studio for 12 hours, not deal with people, and give it to other people to sell. It's a different economy and world we're living in now. A lot of artists feel like it's 'selling out' to toot their own horn. The first piece of advice is to share your story," said Carmella.

She says to be a successful full-time artist, you have to be a good entrepreneur and have money coming in through multiple channels - not just selling your art.

"I enjoy writing grants, I enjoy networking, I really like things like that," said Carmella.

For introverts, this may be tough, but Chris says it is possible.

"I still feel like I'm bugging people. They saw that piece online three weeks ago. Well, some may not have seen it. If I post it again, I'll get 500 more views," said Chris.

"We're all searching for connections and deeper meaning the crazier this world gets, so that's where artists can really put it to their advantage," said Carmella.

Working like a business person with the heart of an artist.

Here's the link to Carmella and Chris' art website.

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