#1 Stampin’ Up! UK Demonstrator Pootles – Sitting in Starbucks, Being a Demonstrator!
I don’t often blog ‘live’ and in the moment. I tend to do that sort of thing over on instagram and my facebook page and group, and I leave my blog for the tutorials and details about my projects, with set times that the posts go live.
And trust me, I’m not typing at 7am each morning!
But today I’ve got out of the house – it’s busy with all the children off school and also workmen in fixing our En Suite (water leak – mess – insurance – noise!), and Chris is day off today, so I decided to come out of the house with my laptop and just get a change of scenery.
I grabbed my laptop, my diary, my catalogues and settled in to work.
I’ve been here since 8am and it’s currently 12.15pm as I type, and I’ve got lots of stuff done. I’ve also drunk a couple of coffees and enjoyed a lovely breakfast of Fruit Toast, and as I am wrapping up my final tasks on my ‘things to do’, I started to think about what my life as a demo is, and I thought I’d share it with you.
Hold that thought, someone has just ordered a cheese and ham toastie, and it smells divine. I may need to order one…
Right. food ordered, where was I.
Chatting about what I do as a demonstrator.
When I joined, I was very much, I just want a discount, I just want to sell a few completed projects, I just want to stay at home with my children (Oliver was not quite 2 then, he has just turned 10) and that was what I’d be happy with.
But my plans changed almost immediately and instead of taking my projects to craft fayres and shows, I instead, took myself to YouTube.
At the time, I was still very much a working makeup artist and beauty writer, and while my peers were putting their faces on youtube and the Beauty Blogger/Vlogger world was emerging, that wasn’t anywhere I wanted to be.
So when I joined Stampin’ Up! and I couldn’t get out to fayres, seeing If I could do on YouTube what my makeup artist friends were doing seemed like something I could have a bash at.
And here we are, 8 years later, and thousands of hours of videos under my belt, and I very much love what I do.
My job has certainly evolved over the years, but almost immediately I started building a team – mostly because I wanted everyone I came across to be having as much fun as me!
My family life has changed, I had 2 children at home full time when I started, as well as 2 at primary school, and now I have 1 just finished, 2 at secondary school and just 1 at primary school now.
That means that my time has changed – I work more in the day time hours and less in the evening period. I no longer have to film while small children are sleeping (though occasionally that happens in the summer holidays and just yesterday, I was up and filming at 6.30am…!)
But the time I have has adapted with my family and also with my role as a demonstrator and as a team leader.
I have around 400 people on my team, 140+ of whom are in my direct team, and while not everyone wants me all of the time, I am available to them when they need.
And there are evolutions in social media that I want to try and keep up with – instagram stories and reels. facebook stories etc!
I absolutely adore how I’ve been able to build a career for myself out of a hobby that I love, and over the whole time I’ve been a demo, I have been recognised for many achievements, my proudest was being the 1st British demo to achieve 1m in personal sales 20 months ago.
I have this belief in what I do, and while not everyone wants to do what I do, I believe that Anyone can. I still don’t see myself as being hugely creative, there are many many far more talented crafters out there. But I do thoroughly enjoy myself when I’m crafting, and I hope that when I share what I do or have made, that others enjoy themselves too.
I hope that my giggles on camera when I mess up or do something dippy, well I hope they make you smile too.
I love what I do and I love it when someone joins my team and says ‘hey, I want to come and play and create and have loads of fun too’. And they do!
In fact, next month I am putting on a big team weekend retreat. It will be our first for 2 years because of Covid, and I can’t wait to get together with everyone.
I love it when they leave an event all excited and fulfilled and topped up with creative ideas.
Watching my own team evolve in their journey with Stampin’ Up! is so rewarding. Seeing them decide they want to do a class or have a go at doing some youtube tutorials makes me so happy. Watching them have fun with their crafting delights me. Watching them build their own teams and businesses makes my heart soar.
I really do have the very best team, and I really do have the very best job in the world.
So with coffee in hand, and now a cheese and ham toastie, I’m going to watch the world go by outside the starbucks window and I will hopefully chat to some of you soon.
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Sam Hammond Donald
#1 Stampin’ Up! UK Independent Demonstrator
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