Making a Living of Art
It Starts with Mindset & Sweat Equity
In western society 6% of all artists on average can live of their art.
So there’s 94% left who can (might need to) change their future level of success.
Because most of us starting out don’t have a lot of money to invest:
in order to MAKE IT WORK you’ll be smart to invest what you DO HAVE:
– your will – your effort – your time**.
You can wait For Your Art To Be “So Good, it will Sell Itself” But that day might never come. Because All ART, No Matter How Good will Never Sell Itself. (*examples below) Whining doesn’t help and sitting down thinking “But I can’t do this or that” doesn’t help. INSTEAD: Serious Effort, Finding Knowledge, Learning about Strategies and Implementation will lead to Serious Results and More Success in Your Art Business. That’s a Given. If you can not believe this KEY FIRST STEP: then come back when you do. Because accepting this part is where it all starts!
Commit to Excellence
It’s a requirement to always be improving the areas in your artist life and business. You probably spend a lot of time improving the actual art, but to be successful you need to be improving the business end as well. Taking responsability for your own success doesn’t come naturally for some: You will need to let the fear of failure behind you and try a lot. Here’s a cheat sheet showing you the 7 Most Important Pieces to Create a Successful Online Art Business:
Learn – Build – Learn – Build
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel, for the most part you can study proven ways to create A) Traction B) Attention C) Traffic D) Goodwill for your Art Business, so you will E) Sell More of Your Art and Art Products. Today’s world has changed. No longer are galleries solo-deciding an Artist’s success. This used to be the case not so long ago. Naturally there are growing pains for both Artists and Galleries adjusting to different times. Still I think we should celebrate today’s possibilities. And the responsabilities that come with Freedom.
* If the quality of Art would decide the Artist’s income, then Vincent van Gogh might have been a very rich man.
* If a Restaurant’s quality of cooking would decide its revenue, then there wouldn’t be any need for marketing or advertising at all.
* If an Artist online Shop would sell Artwork just because of its quality: then apparently the visitors to this Shop would find this site by pure magic: and not by effort to get traffic.
* If the richest Doctor was also the Best Doctor in the world, then there would only be the need to become the best. Alas: we all know this is not the case.
* Most (if not all) businesses need Customers. And they just don’t magically appear just because you’re good at what you do/deliver/offer.
If you want to change your future and create a viable Art Business it’s important you’ll make time. We all can make time: – Get up an hour earlier – Work in the Evenings – Work in Weekends – Work during a holiday.
What is causing you to find ‘reasons’ for NOT getting started? Is it the Fear to Fail? Fear to Succeed? At one point you’ll cut through the crap. And just decide to Take Control. Action will bring you ahead while inaction won’t, it isn’t a game of chance.
That’s why books exist. That’s why there’s this Blog. That’s why people will teach you this. That’s why you might need to upgrade your knowledge. About computers? About design? There are classes and courses all around. You might want to upgrade your knowledge. Knowledge = Power! About computers? About design? Learning new things is one of the best ways to increase your happiness and success.
I might come across as such. I feel I do have earned the right to speak bluntly (and proud) about this topic: I’m walking the walk: Talking the talk. I went from being poor (for 15 years since graduation) to making a 6 figure income (from art) in these previous years, and it’s not because galleries are selling my work like cup cakes –oh no– frankly the gallery sales underperform compared my own efforts. No reason to feel sad about that: instead I now know: When I wouldn’t have built my own art business I’d probably be having a (not so happy) job somewhere. Further more: I care for my 2 children and I can spend my time however I want. I make time to create art. I work 70 hours each week. I trained with the best in the marketing sphere. I re-invested most of the revenue in my own education. When I don’t know something I will go in and do it anyway. I’ve spent a lot of time going slow in the learning curve, now everything goes faster, because I’ve invested sweat equity (and still do). I maintain the right mindset by learning new things, new ways every day. Yes I probably am a very proud Artist entrepreneur! If there were more artists doing great, instead of being a ‘starving artist‘ or ‘starving artist waiting for funds’ or ‘non-commercial artists in need of serious funding‘ it would be a better world. So: join the club!
To (step 1) DECIDE you CAN improve your artist life, to Take Control over Your Future Art Business Success and Get Busy!