We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamie Lindley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jamie, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
As the sole owner and creative of Jamie Lindley Lettering, the success of the brand largely depends on my character and how I treat others. I believe that is the most important factor behind my success. My attitude and positivity creates a good energy, I think makes others feel comfortable and confident in my ability and services. I like to bring an optimistic attitude, always willing to try new things, or go the extra mile to make a client feel special, and that makes a big and lasting impact. Integrity and reliability play a big role. Being there for your clients for their most important moments and events in life, and doing what you say you will, when you say you will. And for businesses you work with, being reliable and professional, since your work has an impact on their brand and business. Being in a service driven industry, and primarily the wedding and event industry, it is so important to me to treat everyone with the utmost respect and kindness. I create personal hand written items, and work closely with my clients to create the vision they have. I aim to be understanding, responsive, creative, confident, and above all kind to each and every client. I am genuinely excited to create something beautiful that creates an impact in their life, and I hope the interaction leaves them with a good feeling. I believe all of these character traits come across when I speak with and work with others, and that’s something that people appreciate and look forward to working with.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a Calligrapher, and hand lettering artist that creates and designs hand written items for all the special occasions in life. I primarily work in the event and wedding industry, but also do custom commissions upon request. At this point in time, I think what sets me apart from others is my distinct style. Through much practice and trial and error, I have developed my own signature style of both calligraphy (using a nib), and lettering (using brush pens, paint pens, paint brushes, etc.). Something I love about this line of work, and creating custom artwork for others, is that every project is unique. Each and every client is different and has a different vision. It’s exciting getting to know that person/couple and their taste and trying to bring that vision to life through your own hands and creativity. Getting to work on new surfaces, or something out of the ordinary is also very exciting. I got to where I am today professionally through persistence, hard work, and a little bit of good luck. It’s always challenging breaking into a new field without any prior experience. I came from a background in finance to a creative field, trying to build a business from scratch by myself. I spent a lot of researching the market, and teaching myself the craft, trying to improve every day. I am also a full time mom and have been in the process of growing my family at the same time as I’m growing my business. My own personal challenge has been finding a balance, and sometimes realizing there will be days when I am not able to do anything other than prioritizing my family. It’s not really a challenge I will overcome, but rather am continually learning how to navigate. It’s teaching me patience, and persistence, and planning ahead. So many lessons have been learned along the way, and I’m confident there are many more to come. Many trial and errors from shipping mistakes, creative mistakes, oversights, clients that went MIA, under pricing your work, comparing yourself to others, the list goes on and on. There are so many aspects of running your own business, and it takes going through it to learn what works best, and what not to do. The biggest thing I want others to take away from my story is the encouragement to pursue your passion. There will always be obstacles and challenges, and working through those and achieving the milestones you set for yourself, gives you a sense of accomplishment that makes it all worth the effort.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When I first started doing calligraphy, and hand lettering as a hobby, my sweet friends and family were so encouraging. I made the place cards for my own wedding, and got tons of positive feedback from not only my friends and family, but several wedding vendors that also pushed me to take it further. Once I started my small business, and still to this day, my family and close friends are the people who inspire me to work hard, keep learning and growing, and pursing my passion. Another shout out is in order for the organization, The Big Fake Wedding that brought to light the importance of networking with all the vendors in the local event and wedding industry. I attended this event towards the beginning stages of Jamie Lindley Lettering, and met so many wonderful vendors in the Houston wedding industry, many that I am still work with and am in contact with. This enlightened me, and pushed me to continually create and maintain relationships with other awesome vendors that work in the same field as I do. So many leads, referrals, and amazing opportunities have come out of networking and being an active part of the local event industry, and an active member in the nation wide calligraphy community. I have met so many awesome calligraphy friends all over the world, and love learning from each other and bouncing ideas around. All of this sparked from my first public vendor showcase, with much thanks to The Big Fake Wedding for inviting me to be a vendor, and opening my eyes.
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