The purpose of this blog is to “Help creative people to design the career and lifestyle of their dreams…“
I started writing in response to the many e-mails I’ve received over the years asking how we got my surf lifestyle artist husband, Drew Brophy, to a great level of success.
People want to know how we found success in the art world. All of the questions have also led me into Consulting and blogging on a regular basis.
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If you want to know more, read on:
I’m a world traveler, practicing yogi, a surfer and I dabble in producing tv shows and seminars. I stuff my hands into a lot of projects, and that’s what keeps me happy!
My Philosophy: I believe that you can create the amazing life that you want. Anyone can. It just takes deciding what you want, then gradually making it happen, while chipping away at the things or people that hold you back from doing it. I’ve decided that I want to travel the world with my family and run my business from just about anywhere.
My past life: My first real job was with the Government doing top secret stuff like finding chemical defense in laboratories. If I told you more, I’d have to kill you….
Then I worked a few years in the trucking business at the docks in Baltimore. (Those were interesting times…)
During my early 20’s I ventured across country from small-town Maryland to Southern California. I spent the next 15 years in the student-insurance industry. It paid well, but wasn’t satisfying. I had to leave the cubical world for a more fulfilling existence in the arts.
The Good Life: I escaped the grind with my wits intact and together with my husband, created Son of the Sea, Inc. in 2002. This is the company in which we operate all of our business ventures.
My “claim to fame” is being married to popular artist Drew Brophy. During the last decade, acting as agent and brand manager, I’ve successfully built up Drew’s lifestyle art brand, bringing him the status of being the top licensed surf artist in history. (He hates when I call him that, but it’s entirely accurate. Sorry, honey.)
My expertise lies in licensing, marketing and promoting art, which are the topics I most like to blog about.
Speaking: I enjoy giving seminars and workshops on the business of art at various trade shows and art centers. My goal is to help as many creative people as I can by sharing my experiences, screw ups and knowledge.
My Vision: My vision for the future is that artists and creative types the world over will find success and happiness and that the term “starving artist” will become a silly thing of the past.
You can help me make this vision come true by finding success in the creative world for yourself, and by helping others.
Hope to talk to you soon – thanks for reading.
Feel free to comment on any one of my blog posts when you have a question, comment, complaint. If you’re going to complain, go easy on me. I sound tough, but I’m really a soft mushy cupcake inside!
P.O. Box 836
San Clemente, CA 92674 USA
E-Mail: consulting at mariabrophy . com
PLEASE: If you have a question for me about your art, your career, or anything that falls under consulting services, go to my consulting page for instructions first!
PHOTO CREDIT: The photo of me in the blue dress was taken by professional photographer Michael R. Foley of San Clemente, CA. He does insanely great work – please have a look at his website.
TO REACH ME BY PHONE: If it’s regarding consulting or a question I can answer on my Facebook page, please follow the instructions on my consulting page first. Do not call me until we have an appointment set up – that way I can be of greater help to you.
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AFFILIATES: You will notice that I recommend many different books, e-books, bloggers and courses. A few of them I signed up to be an affiliate for – namely the I’D RATHER BE IN THE STUDIO book, Artist Tara Reed’s programs and 31 DAYS TO A BETTER BLOG.
I only recommend items that I first purchased myself and have first hand experience with, AND that I believe in.