Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Isaac Semko, Founder of Skeleton Head Toys, located in Ballston Lake, NY, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am a traditional sculptor focusing on miniature figures. My customers are gamers and collectors.

Tell us about yourself

Growing up, I really loved looking at miniature figures. In my hometown, there were a few bookstores that would hold painting contests and competitions for Warhammer and other Games Workshop games. I could never afford to play, but I loved the look of them. I received HeroQuest for my 8th birthday and fell in love with the game. I can still remember how engrossing it was for me at the time. Anyhow, when I was in my mid-thirties, I started wondering how the miniatures were produced back in the 80s and found out they were all hand sculpted. I wanted to see if I could do something similar and have been sculpting ever since. I'm motivated by a desire to become a better artist and realize my ideas as accurately as I imagine them. The fear of failure also helps get me out of bed in the morning.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I have had a steady stream of commissions over the last 4 years and have run two Kickstarters. Although I haven't reached my goal as an artist, I have persistently pursued my vision and continue to, despite various setbacks.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

It is difficult perusing artistic endeavors, particularly if you are working independently. This type of situation takes a certain amount of self-confidence and diligence, especially in the face of negativity from yourself or others.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Have confidence in yourself and your abilities.
  2. It is okay to fail.
  3. Make sure you are working at something you enjoy and value. Working with just a monetary goal in mind will more than likely leave you hating your work.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I don't have a retail site for the time being, but any interested readers can check out my Instagram. Thanks!

Where can people find you and your business?


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