The journey was ongoing. The chapter seemed to be spurting out more and more. My never-ending delve into Africa. The spark was ignited into abundance beyond note. Turning passions into profit, the rhythm echoed into smooth sailing miracles.
When anybody churns out the term “entrepreneur”, what springs to mind at the word?A briefcase, tie and suit image?
A briefcase, tie and suit image?
On the other hand, maybe pictures of those in the billionaire ranks flashed in the media.
That is a narrow view. There are vast ways to spring any creative business venture into motion.
A common theme of ‘CreatEntepreneurs’ is a risk. Many work independently, industries differ, business can gain wisdom from other varied experiences and their management of work and risks.
If you an artist that goes solo with your artwork meet, CreatEntepreneur™ Pablo Zungu.
Pablo is an artist in Tanzania in East Africa with a large international following.
As artist living in a remote unknown village called Mloka on the outskirts of the main buzz of city centre. How did he get an international audience, people from all over the world to buy his local trending artwork?
Tell us about your true passion in life?
My passion is filling my day creating new pieces of art. It is expression, letting go. Each day on waking until the day closes. I found my passion at a young age. Left with the responsibility to take care of my two younger brothers at an early age when my parents passed away. My art was my key to keep all together in challenging times
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
The independence and freedom it provides. I am not imprisoned in a warehouse packing shelves or joining other pathways I have little interest in, to barely fill a fridge and every hour consumed. Slavery did not die. It evolved, not through chains at feet, but into a concrete jungle. It became legalized .My art is my freedom to create an income on my terms in my environment.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
I do not know if it was about choice. It was there, in my pathway. I discovered that selling paintings was a stream of income. With no conflict of being under instruction of any authority figures and taking orders and instructions. I chose a stress free way to sustain my family and myself.
When was the first time you got paid for your passion?
I was a teenager and spent my time creating artwork. One-day tourists passed by, totally immersed in the piece, and placed US dollars in my hand. I was thrilled. Dollars converted into a huge amount in my local currency. I even afforded to buy more paints and canvases.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
There were many times that I doubted any ability to make more money with my art. I overcame the self-doubt by creating and sharing my work.
What motivates you each and every day to be even more successful?
Even if I tried to join the nine to five worlds, I know I would not make it. I strived on to keep creating and spreading my work to all regions where there were possible sales. Every region that had markets or stalls for artwork I found a stall owner to display my work and draw in interest and sales.
I am based in a remote village on the outskirts of the city centre, but I prefer to be there. I live close to a popular game reserve that has a multitude of travelers from all over the world. My art is indigenous local Tanzanian authentic that appeals to all those who travel to our country. It gives them memorable artefacts to take back home of a land they will never forget and strive to revisit. My art is one aspect that promotes the thriving economic sector of tourism, so to speak.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
I can only share my well wishes that they gain success in their pathways as I have found my passion and I am keeping to it.
What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?
I advise them to follow their dreams and never give up. Look at all possibilities and find the one that works for you.
Find or Be Found……….