Today we’d like to introduce you to Victoria Rockwell.
Hi Victoria, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am originally from California but moved to Nashville, TN, when I turned 20 due to a job opportunity I couldn’t turn down. However, when covid hit, the company I was working for decided to fire everyone in the company with no notice. Because of this, it was nearly impossible for me to find a new job because no one was hiring. I ended up having to move out of my apartment and move in with my twin sister in Clarksville. Growing up, I was always painting and drawing using many different mediums, and it was something I always did on the side, even while working. I decided to then create an Instagram page for all of my art, and many people in my community were interested in custom work. After a couple of months, it took off, and I was offering new pieces regularly. I eventually got into using wood and started selling a ton of door hangers and other decor pieces, which I still offer now. I have been in business for two years and offer canvas paintings, digital art, decor pieces, decals, etc.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
For the most part, I would say it has been pretty smooth. My biggest struggle is finding a place to sell out of. I have been looking for a storefront that allows vendors to sell some of my items, but many of the stores I have looked into are full to capacity.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am most known for my door hangers. What sets me apart from others is not only my turnaround time but everything I do, for the most part, is hand-painted or hand is drawn. I am also very good at taking your ideas and turning them into a physical form. For example, I work with many business owners and have done hand-painted signs with their logos. I can also do drawings of you or your loved ones and have them painted or transferred into a decal/sticker. In my limited free time, I also do large canvas paintings and have gained much of my following from continuous updates on my social media platforms. It is important to me that I connect with the people in my community. I don’t want to sell my items and never speak to them, so I do what I can to build friendships and get to know people genuinely, and I think that is what I am most proud of.
So, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you before we go? How can they support you?
I take many of my orders through Facebook, Instagram, and Etsy. If people want a custom order, they usually message me, and I can get drafts made up for you. However, if you don’t want to purchase anything, that is okay too! Engaging with social media helps tremendously (i.e., sharing posts, commenting, liking posts, etc.) There is much you can do to support your favorite local businesses, which helps best! I am a small business owner, and this is what I do full-time, so orders are important, yes, but so support.
- Door Hangers start at $50
- Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WildWoodss?ref=shop_sugg
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wild_woodss/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wildwoodss
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/tori_rockwell18
- Other: https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTdwFEc8y/
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