Get to Know the Team: Stacey Ball

Hey everyone! We thought it would be a great idea to use this blog as an opportunity to introduce you to the members of our team. For the next few weeks, some of our new post will feature a different member so that you can get to know us better.
This week we’re starting off with none other than our lovely Manager, Stacey Ball! She’s a great person, a great boss, and a wonderful teacher. Here’s maybe a few things you didn’t know about her.
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1. Let’s start with an introduction. What do you want your pupils to know about you?
Hey there! I’m Stacey, Owner of Stickman Painting Studio. I’ve been working in the Paint and Sip industry for over five years and have loved every minute of it. I have been creative since I can remember, and I love drawing and painting. I also dabble in writing. My writing is mainly fiction, but I did have a piece of non fiction published in an anthology a few years ago. I love teaching people how to paint and finding the inner artist inside them that they didn’t even know was there. When I’m not working, I’m hanging with my Italian Greyhound Stanley, spending time with my 2 nephews, and trying to socialize, which is hard in the adulting world!
2. What made you want to start Stickman Painting Studio? 
I started Stickman the end of March 2018. I had the desire to open my own business a few years back but then decided not to. When the studio I managed up and closed without warning last January, the thought did cross my mind again, and here we are!
 
3. What is your favorite part of running the Stickman Business?
I’d have to say my favorite part of owning a business has to be seeing how it continues to grow. I have been working really hard and have an amazing team as well that is helping Stickman grow and become a well known studio in the area! I couldn’t do this without my team, and I love working with them and helping them grow in the business as well as in their personal lives.
 
4. Did you always know you wanted to be a painter? Any significant experiences that led you to this point that you want to share?
I didn’t originally want to be a painter. The Disney Animation Studio, when it was still a working one in Florida was what made me want to be an artist. I did want to be a Disney animator for a very long time, but as I got older, my dream changed to be an artist. My focus in college was drawing. I have a BFA in it, but I took many painting classes. After graduating college, I worked in many school enrichment programs, loving working with kids and teaching in a non traditional manner. I also worked in corporate America as a graphic designer for almost 6 years. I wasn’t in love with that job; it was a blessing in disguise when my position at the company I worked at was eliminated. After that, I still continued to work in school enrichment programs, but I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do forever. It was a fateful look on craigslist that I found a job with the studio I was at prior to starting Stickman Painting Studio. I’m so happy I found that job, because it has led me to where I am today!
 
5. What has been one of your favorite experiences with Stickman?
Besides getting to work with some amazing people and teaching those who don’t paint normally how, one of my favorite experiences happened back in October. I was at an event where people could paint pumpkins. A lady who decided to paint one, asked me what company I was with. When I told her Stickman, she said she had heard of us and asked if we were a franchise. At this point we were only in business about six months, and at that point I knew my team and I were doing something right and were moving in the right direction.
 
6. What advice would you give to a new painter who wants to try this for the first time?
My advice to anyone who wants to try this who doesn’t normally paint is to not be hard on yourself. This experience is supposed to be a fun one while you are also learning. If you are really nervous, take a deep breath. Try not to self sabotage either. Complaining doesn’t help the painting and it keeps you in a negative mindset.
 
7. What is your favorite event to host?
I love the Happy Landscape Events. They focus around the painter Bob Ross. We have a cardboard cutout of him. We tell the class information on Bob and quote him throughout the event. Everyone can come wearing a Bob shirt or a wig. Some have event brought happy trees to the event.
 
8. What are you most excited for in Stickman’s near future?
The thing I’m most excited for is to see where Stickman is going. I do have ideas in my head, but I’m excited to see what this experience truly has in store for us.
 
9. What do you hope people take away from a class at Stickman Painting Studio? (Besides their beautiful new piece of art, of course!)
The most important thing I hope people take away with them is that they learned something while also having fun.
 
10. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever gotten is to not let anyone rain on your parade. Follow your dreams, no matter how crazy they might be. Listening to someone’s negative banter about something you’re passionate about can deter you from your path. You know in your heart where you want to go and that’s all that matters. Someone’s negative advice and disbelief in what you want is a reflection of them and their beliefs and not yours.

We hope you liked learning more about Stacey. Next week we’ll be featuring another one of our awesome team members, so stick around!
And as always we encourage you to contact us with any questions or book with us. We always love seeing both new and returning faces at events.