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Camryn Green isn’t old enough to drive or vote, but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing big dreams. The 13-year-old sells her own artwork, is the author of a children’s book and helps support a teen in Liberia. She was invited to speak at the 38th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast in Raleigh last month. Camryn, an eighth-grader at Thales Academy in Rolesville, talks about how she juggles it all and offers some advice for other young entrepreneurs.
Q: You started selling your artwork five years ago. How did you become an entrepreneur at 8 years old?
A: I always wanted to be an artist. I’ve been painting since I was 4, although I’ve never taken any art classes. One day I just stopped the color-by-number painting, got out a canvas and painted freehand, and it actually looked pretty good.
We (my mom and I) made a Facebook page and orders started coming in, so we started Camryn’s Creations.
Q: How many pieces have you sold, and what’s the price range?
A: About 500. Paintings range from $20, our smallest size, to our biggest, which is $100.
CAMRYN GREEN – TAR HEEL OF THE WEEK
Born: Nov. 30, 2004
Business: Camryn’s Creations
Her book: She wrote “Think It, Believe It, Do It”
Awards: Youth Entrepreneur of the Year for ACHI Magazine (publication of Women Supporting Women Association); Most Creative & Innovative Business & Shopper’s Choice Award from Triangle Children’s Business Fair