Gallery curator Madeline Young believes in patience, staying on your own path and celebrating emerging artists.

How many years have you owned your own business?

Eight years.

What’s the best business advice you have been given?

Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing, just keep on your own path and do your own thing.

What keeps you up at night?

COVID! Haha. Mostly just thinking about all the little admin jobs I have to do for certain exhibitions and deadlines.

All small businesses have their challenges. What were some of yours and how did you persevere?

I think being a regional business was the biggest challenge at first, and trying to build a name and reputation for yourself with such a small audience. Luckily the internet exists and social media has allowed me to reach a hugely diverse audience from all over Australia and the world. I did a lot of reading in the early days and lots of short courses to learn about marketing.

What and when was your ‘aha’ moment?

The one that stands out the most was probably before I opened the physical gallery and was trying to build my own website. I had absolutely no experience and no idea what I was doing.

I was crying every day with frustration and I nearly threw my computer in the bin. I left it alone for a couple of weeks and when I came back to the task after a little break it all suddenly clicked and made sense. I’ve found there’s no point persisting with frustrating tasks when you’re in a bad mood, sometimes you need to walk away and get a little perspective and calm down, then when you come back to it later it works out.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own business?

I always tell people that they’ll probably be broke for a while so it doesn’t hurt to keep your day job or a side hustle to get you through financially. It takes a lot longer than expected to build a successful, sustainable business. These days people seem to want instant ‘Instagram success’, but that’s not sustainable – you need to let it grow organically, slowly and build and learn with the business.

What’s on the horizon for The Corner Store Gallery?

We have a few very exciting new artists from across the country joining us this year. And I love to discover the next big talent and provide opportunities for new emerging artists and designers.

location: Orange, NSW


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