So excited to be speaking tomorrow morning along with other local creative talent at the Masonic Temple 10am-12pm as part of Detroit Start-Up Week's Creative Entrepreneurship: The Art of the Hustle! I'll be sharing my #Sareytales story of self-discover and empowerment, and artistic exploration. #sareytales #detsw17 #detroit #art #onlinedating #creativehustle
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So, today I went downtown to DET Center for Design + Tech to pitch the casting producers of Sharktank Season 9! It was a complete whirlwind, and such an amazing experience to be in a room (kinda hot and smelly but oh well) of other hungry (literally and figuratively), determined entrepreneurs. I was incredibly nervous and at times felt like I made a mistake, what the hell was I doing here. There were people who had made over 500k in revenue in the last year alone. But, I know it's about passion and having a good idea, and I believe in the Sareytales brand, and I have a vision of what I want it to develop into. And I think that optimism, determination and passion goes a long way. I hope at least. So, this was just the very first round in the vetting process. If we get called back, next step will be to submit a video of ourselves/business/product. Apparently Shark Tank gets over 40,000 applications a season. So just to have the opportunity to pitch my brand is incredible. I don't except to make it to the next round, but the insight, energy and creativity I witnessed today was just amazing. Stay tuned...
I had so much fun last week talking to @GracyObuchowicz of "Self Care with Gracy". Thanks for the great outlet and letting me get my message out there!!
I had so much fun this morning at TV20 Detroit YMYD talking about @sareytales!! Loved getting to share my story with everyone, and super excited for my Camptales greeting cards to start making the rounds for summer!!!
Last night was the opening night of The Dirty Show 18 at the Russell Street Exhibition Center, in Detroit, Michigan. It was truly surreal to see two of my #Sareytales (#AngryCock and #CumHaiku) displayed amongst so much talent.
When I first started creating these designs, someone asked me where do I see Sareytales going? It was a good question, and I admit I wasn't really sure. I didn't know if I wanted this to become a business, or more of a hobby, or just a fleeting project to have some fun with. However, there was a vision that kept popping in my head, and I didn't know how it would happen, or if it could happen, but I saw my artwork being displayed in a gallery. In an exhibition. Over-sized, beautifully framed, ugly words turned into beautiful art. So I guess you could say that my goals for Sareytales were to turn nasty into nice, ugly into pretty, crappy into creative. And somehow, that dream came true.
It was surreal to see my work being displayed amongst so much creativity and talent, and an honor to be a part of this event.
Keep the crazy coming!
I had so much fun this morning with the @fox2detroit team and @sarimcicurel! Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk about #sareytales and the#dirtyshowdetroit tonight at the#russelindustrialcenter in #detroit 💕💋
#ds18 #dirtydetroit #dirtyshow #onlinedating#disasters #uglyintoart #erotic #eroticart#wordofinspiration #artsy #etsy #detroitart
Valentine's Day Boutique Charity Shopping Event! Sunday, Feb 12th from 11-3pm at Temple Shir Shalom in West Bloomfield, Mi.
Fox 2 Detroit Interview: Sareytales Live!
Tune in Wednesday, December 7, at 10am for a sneak peak into my #Sareytales world :)
It couldn’t just be me, could it?
“You’re kinda fat anyways”
“When was the last time you swallowed”
“Now I see why you’re single you hag”
“You only have one more year to get pregnant”
“Give me a good blowjob”
So many texts. So many creepy, mean and just plain cruel messages from strangers on every dating app imaginable. All unsolicited. From tinder, OKCupid, Plenty of Fish, and even the “higher quality” paying sites like match.com and jdate.com. There’s no way I could be the only one getting all this hate.
After a particularly nasty text message from a guy I had been on one date with, something clicked. I knew I wouldn’t reply to him, it would be beneath me, and my sense of pride as a single woman. But I felt like I needed to take control somehow. I wanted to share my story, I wanted to prove to myself (and a few other people) that I wasn’t alone. That’s when the idea to create Sareytales emerged.
It’s entertaining to read other peoples’ dating disasters, and it’s by no means a unique concept (there are many IG accounts like tinderinyour30s and texts from your ex that post the terrible text messages people get). But what I was hoping to accomplish was something different. Something empowering, and powerful. And totally cathartic for me as a single woman.
Combining my passion for art and design with my portfolio of online dating fiascos, I started turning all the terrible text messages I had received into typographic designs, some with humorous illustrations like penises, boobs etc., and then placed them in a totally ironic setting. For instance, one message I received simply said “when was the last time you swallowed”. Boom. He ends up in a fine art museum next to a statue of a nude woman. Another guy tells me that he “really needs to eat some pussy”. Next thing you know, he’s in a lovely picture frame in a family room.
Almost immediately I realized that this was something bigger than just my own dating mishaps. Women started reaching out to me with their own tragic texts. They felt angry, violated and . Feelings I was all too familiar with. I decided to start taking submissions and began to incorporate other women’s stories into Sareytales. And more keep pouring in every day.
I’m beginning to realize that it isn’t just me, not at all. Unfortunately, that’s not a good thing. But I think that turning these creepy texts into humorous and ironic works of art is a way to take back control of the online dating game.