I'm Tori Deaux
(pronounced like 'doe', don't you kneaux.)
Artist, Writer, Illustrator.
Creative Biz Consultant.
Inspiration on Tap.
My work targets creative entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial creatives on the micro-biz level. Likely topics include chasing failure, exploiting your quirks, and bringing right-brain skills into the left-brain business world.
What I Do Now:
I help Creative Entrepreneurs bring right-brain strengths into the left-brained business world. Mainstream business culture has plenty of sanitized paint-by-numbers systems, but creativity doesn't flourish by formula. Innovation needs unfinished edges, organic textures, splashy colors, messy individuality, more… quirkiness.
Ultimately? It’s about being comfortable in our own skins, and building a business culture that both we and our customers are comfortable in, too. It's about embracing who we are, embracing our individuality, and expressing it not only through our products, messages and marketing, but in *every element* of our business and work.
Don't just embrace your quirks...
Who I Work With:
Ever felt like your business network dulls your sparkle just a bit, that your peers don't quite *get* your ideas? Or maybe you've taken the artsy-creative networks out for a test spin, but they didn't seem quite business-minded *enough*? Creative Entrepreneurs often feel like Goldilocks, searching for something that strikes that just-right balance between structure and innovation, business and creativity, right and left brained functions.
That's who I work with.
Small business owners who want to break free of the corporate-inspired shoulds, oughts, and musts. Creatives looking for ways to bring their imaginative strengths into the more business-y side of what they do. Artists, writers, coaches and consultants. Performers and musicians, programmers and web-developers. Designers, dancers, makers and crafters ... Whatever descriptors you wear, whatever your business strengths, whatever your creative process is? There ARE ways to bridge your creative and business skills, to build a culture that suits you every bit as well as baby-bear's chair.
So if this is who you are, and that's how you feel? I get it. And I'm here.
What's In The Works:
- The Chasing Failure Project: Change your relationship to failure, and reach bigger, bolder success: includes a workshop, workbook and support community
- Your Quirk Factor Formula: Discover your brandable quirks and learn to build a powerful creative business culture.
- Quirks Gone Wild! A guerilla art project for creative entrepreneurs that I can't WAIT to get started on.. includes a foray into the maker-world of 3D printing. Woot!
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More About Tori
I’m an artist, writer, web-wrangler, and serial entrepreneur who grew up in a family of Main Street, brick-and-mortar business owners. I’ve been experimenting on the Internets for twenty-odd years, and on this earth for 40-something even odder years.
(Most of those years have been in Texas, which accounts for the oddness). My personal quirks include a collection of pottery chupacabras and their pet goats, an addiction to bad disaster movies (Sharknado, anyone?) and a 25+ year marriage to a mysterious man known only as “Mr. Spouse”.
- My Passion? Shifting perspective by turning the expected inside down and upside out.
- My Motto? Don’t just embrace your quirks... Exploit them!
- My Mission? To help create a new kind of business culture - a movement that supports and nourishes a culture of creative entrepreneurs, equally at home in a boardroom or a studio
How To Work With Me
The best way to get me involved in your project? Make me feel needed. I'm rarely moved by money or fame, but bring me a creative problem to solve? I'm all over that puppy! So drop me a line andd tell me why I'm the answer to your problem, and we'll talk turkey!
- Consulting slots are available on a bootstrap-friendly sliding-scale. Contact me for details.
- Very limited artwork & illustration commissions are available, starting at $175.
- Want a custom Quirk? Let's talk!
Tori Deaux is a branding GENIUS. In real life. No lie. Lean on that woman, because she knows what she is talking about.
Tori has become an integral part of my creative process. She doesn't interfere ... just gets me to ignore the distractions, recognize where my productive focus is, and then she points and yells GO GET EM!
My session with Tori was like "meeting" myself. It inspired me to find ways to bring the unique aspects of my personality into my business and brand. Now, I have a 4 pages of notes that are chock-full with ideas..."
When I started my business, I was straight from a corporate setting, terrified of showing any of my quirky, creative personality. The crazy part? I left the corporate world so I wouldn’t have to live that life of conformity anymore! Tori helped figure out which elements (like my laugh) I could bring forward yet still maintain a professional demeanor. There’s a fine line between being yourself and becoming a parody of yourself - Tori knows how to find that line.
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