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If “Art Should Sell Itself” then how come I’m so broke?

“Art Should Sell Itself!” That would be nice. But it doesn’t and it won’t happen. Not in your lifetime. And curiously enough, artists actually know this. But somewhere back in their mind is some group, book or individual whispering that phrase to them and early education is very powerful…..even if it is utterly wrong!

Taking a lesson from a pro entrepreneur

He said to me, ‘You’ll never succeed without me.’ And I knew, right then and there that moment, I thought, ‘Oh yeah? I’d rather die than let you see me not succeed.’ And you know what? That was an insurance policy for success. Every time I was thinking of failing or giving up, I would think of one more thing, just because I didn’t want them laughing at me! Maybe not the best motivation but whatever, it worked for me.

Do I really need Facebook?

…….it is always good to remember that we sent men into space without “how to” ebooks :-)

Are you sure you want a Critique?

…..But this use of critique is still regarded by many as pretentious jargon…..”

50 Things under $50.00 to promote your art

Great article by Penny Sanseverini who promotes ways to sell BOOKS! LOL-Now you think selling art is difficult? Try selling books where the author gets…what, a few dollars for each book sold? Talk about getting out and hustling!

First Complaint from a client-Customer Service

Working on commission means you are an artist for hire. Plain and simple.

Getting Ready for the Summer Art Shows

It takes preparation to participate in an outdoor art show (juried and non-juried) anywhere-near or far and preparations for your show season should take place long before your first show!

Why you may not be ready to become a business

Combining creativity and business is also a state of mind and you will be unsuccessful if you cannot switch gears to accept and embrace what needs to be done.:-)

Following up on Opportunities

If you take the time to go back and really think about how something began you will see the value of “simply showing up.” Even those events you feel (actually you are convinced!) might be a waste of your time or effort.

Good news for end of the Year!

Keep in mind too that none of our success this quarter was by accident. We did not stumble upon clients, burn incense or randomly hope they would show up at our studio….we continued to promote our art via our usual tried and true channels: in person, on Facebook, our monthly newsletters, phone, postcards, email…the point is that we persevered.