b'ONE-TO-ONEcutsbeingsurethattheyareallwillingtotakesomerisksand feasible.WithadvicefromLee,Ito challenge yourself. Make some have just acquired a new ring sawsamplepiecestoshowyourcli-that is opening up new doors forents.Trymakingsomethingfor me, turning previously impossibleyourself or a friend or family mem-cutsintopossibleones. Thisoneber at a discounted cost. Save big-tool alone can shave off hours onger pieces of tile scrap, these will a single project and help me makecome in handy for future mosaics more money in the end.andtokeepyouroverheadcosts down.Bewillingtotakeadvice Ifayoungpersonwantedtofromothersandacceptcriticism, followinyourfootsteps,whatisgood or bad. Keep a portfolio and the path you would recommend?trytoshowittoeverypossible Workingforsomeonelikeyou,client.Findabookkeeperanda business training or classes, inter- taxperson.Saveeveryreceipt. net-based training, apprenticeshipPay attention to the business side training in a formal program, etc.of things. You can be the greatest or a combination of all? installer and have plenty of work, Callewaert: Its a combination ofbut by not understanding the busi-all. Youhavetohaveknowledgeness and taxes all youre going to ofproperprepandinstallationbe doing is treading water. methodsfirstandforemost,and anapprenticeshipwithaquali-fiedcontractorthatincorporates hands-on, online learning like the NTCA University, as well as classes offeredbyindustrypartnersare all important. But learning from a skilledinstallerisinmyopinion, crucial. Thereisnothinglikethat real-world experience. This a craft. It has to be practiced. Nordstrom:Irecommendfora person that wants to follow in my footstepstostartwithsmallproj-ectsandworkyourwayupfrom there. Dont start off by attempting something really complex because you may find yourself getting frus- NTCA 2019 Tile Setter Craftsperson of the trated throughout the process andYear recipient Lee Callewaert incorporates art and technical precision into his cre-maynotwanttotryitagain.Beative installations.56TileLetter | March 2020'