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How To Make Money As An Artist

How To Make Money As An Artist

As an artist everything we create, paint and bring into form generally feels like magic and this unique feeling is a personal satisfaction that is owed to no one but is ours as creators. To share this with others who in return admire and appreciate our work gives us even a greater sense of purpose and achievement. So why not make your art your business?

Start to build your foundation by researching and filtering as much relevant information from others is the main tip to any artistic ventures. Seek support from those who have done it for themselves and who are willing to share their knowledge.

It may be naturally a little out of your comfort zone to want to treat your art as a business and you would prefer to just leave it to the experts or galleries to represent you. This is ideally what every artist would want and deserve however it is no longer the only way for an artist to achieve success and it is rather healthier for you to take control and be in charge of where your creations should be flourishing.

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Taking baby steps is how you would want to start and these are some of the simple ways where you can achieve momentum to building yourself an empire. It may not be your typical business plan but as a simple layout, when followed it can give you great results and remember to keep it simple and maintain your own unique style of artistic endeavours.

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    1. Write and map out your branding

    It will be good for you to start here by writing in pencil and tweaking it until it feels right and resonates with you as an artist very much like when you start on an art project. Never mind the number of times you may have to rewrite, the important part is to start and like a beta test be prepared for trial and errors until you find what works for you.

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    Think of a brand name or use your original name and make it stand out with a difference. The privilege you have as an artist is that ideas come to you faster than they do to most people so use that skill in your business ideas.

    2. What are you selling?

    This may seem obvious but you may be surprised to know that it takes more than a pretty picture to sell art. Your audience want value to what your art represents so make it a story they can relate to and have an emotional connection with. It all says in the name of your creations for example the name Blush would naturally relate to women and femininity or Gold Prosperity would relate to Feng Shui and good luck that appeals a lot to the eastern culture.

    On a tangible note be clear to what form of material you are selling meaning are you going to repeatedly paint the similar piece and sell your originals or are your prints at a greater chance of reaching wider.

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    3. How, where and who?

    These are your priorities, so it is important like with all other businesses to have a plan in action. Once you have your name and type of art product you obviously want to start selling but how and where are you going to deliver this and who are your fans. If you have never sold your art or feel like this is an intimidating process, then start by giving it away for free and that is how you test your market and responses.

    Start making art for the people closest to you and it will give you the confidence you need to gradually exchange your product for money. In the mean time you can take it a step further and build your fan base on social media by taking pictures of your art and getting yourself exposure. You will be very pleased to see your target market growing when people like what they see.

    4. Tips to making pocket money

    It is costly to hire a professional photographer to take photos of your art and digitally display it on your website or use for merchandise printing on platforms like etsy and zazzle so the easiest thing to do for starters is to paint your creations on a smaller canvas and take it to your local printers or if you have a good machine then scan, upload and print it in poster sizes.

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    You may need your friends and family who are good with digital to help you with image resolution and colour enhancement etc. Go to an online printers and find the best bargains for postcards and t shirts then wear it or carry it in a transparent file folder and observe people’s eyes getting drawn to something beautiful and delivered live by the artist.

    5. Grow as an individual and develop into an expert artist

    Keep evolving your art and business when you want to make money and if you are like me a visual learner then utilise as much social media platforms that have video courses and tips. Find your inspiration within your life stories and as an artist and creative person you would know this at first hand.

    We are co-creators simply conveying a story in our paintings so expand by also getting involved with your locally funded council or school hall that encourages artistic professional development. Do what it takes to be the best you can be as a person whose life purpose is that of an artist because “a true artist inspires” (Salvador Dali).

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    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

    your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

      Why You Need a Vision

      Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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      How to Create Your Life Vision

      Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

      What Do You Want?

      The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

      It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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      Some tips to guide you:

      • Remember to ask why you want certain things
      • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
      • Give yourself permission to dream.
      • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
      • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

      Some questions to start your exploration:

      • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
      • What would you like to have more of in your life?
      • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
      • What are your secret passions and dreams?
      • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
      • What do you want your relationships to be like?
      • What qualities would you like to develop?
      • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
      • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
      • What would you most like to accomplish?
      • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

      It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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      What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

      Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

      A few prompts to get you started:

      • What will you have accomplished already?
      • How will you feel about yourself?
      • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
      • What does your ideal day look like?
      • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
      • What would you be doing?
      • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
      • How are you dressed?
      • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
      • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
      • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

      It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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      Plan Backwards

      It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

      • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
      • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
      • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
      • What important actions would you have had to take?
      • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
      • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
      • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
      • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
      • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

      Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

      It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

      Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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