We were lucky to catch up with Marissa Hitt recently and have shared our conversation below.
Marissa , appreciate you joining us today. The first dollar you earn is always exciting – it’s like the start of a new chapter and so we’d love to hear about the first time you sold or generated revenue from your creative work?
I received my first dollar when I least expected it. When I was five, my parents hosted an unrelated event at our local library, & I wanted to show the paintings I had created to their friends. After the meeting was over, I happily laid out my canvases, proud to present my work in front of a small audience. A couple who attended the meeting wanted one of my pieces & insisted on compensating me for it. My parents, always allowing me to make my own decisions, when possible, asked me what I wanted the painting’s price to be. Knowing the value of a dollar, I suggested just that. The two wouldn’t pay a dollar but decided to invest $50 into a young artist. I am incredibly blessed for the support I have received along the years, & I strive to encourage others in the same way.
Great, appreciate you sharing that with us. Before we ask you to share more of your insights, can you take a moment to introduce yourself and how you got to where you are today to our readers?
I began painting as soon as I could pick up a paintbrush, & I have been creative at heart ever since. At the age of 5, my work became known (thanks to word of mouth), & I showed in galleries in the Kansas City area. Then, in the midst of one of the most difficult times of my life, I put away the easel. During that time, I felt as though there wasn’t a glimmer of joy to be found, but God gifted me with a family who has always been here for me. Looking back at the challenging chapters of my life, Melane & Co.’s meaning wouldn’t be the same if I hadn’t experienced those hardships. Melane & Co. is more than a business to me – it is a lifestyle. A lifestyle that was formed after I found a pack of watercolor paints in my basement, & simply began creating again. It was after this that I formed Melane & Co., a lifestyle brand that represents joy & innocence. It is a privilege to create custom pet portraits, nature-inspired watercolor paintings, & a lifestyle that evokes love & light. I began the company a year ago when I was 16, & I know this is something I want to continue in my adult years. I am looking forward to seeing where Melane & Co. grows, & it is incredibly meaningful to share this dream with you.
Do you think there is something that non-creatives might struggle to understand about your journey as a creative? Maybe you can shed some light?
One of the most rewarding parts about this journey is pouring my heart into every aspect of the Melane & Co. dream. From creating custom pet portraits to bringing more joy to our social media pages through our posts, every facet is a part of our lifestyle we want to share. As a small business owner, my work is what some companies hire a whole team for. I may create an email campaign, make a post, & work on a custom painting all in one day, & I wouldn’t want that any other way.
For you, what’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative?
One of the most rewarding parts about being an artist is when I have the opportunity to deliver a custom pet portrait, & the owner is so in awe of their furry family member presented through watercolors. It is always so special to present a precious pet portrait to a dear supporter. I feel even more fulfilled once I know my painting is placed in their hands & brings them joy.
- Website: https://www.melaneandco.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melaneandco/ & https://www.instagram.com/marissa_hitt/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melaneandco
- Other: Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/melaneandco/
Products and paintings – melaneandco.com
Photos by Jenny Shipley Grey sweater hair and makeup by Ashley Marie at Society Salon and Spa
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