Whether or not you are getting a diploma this month, you can still participate in the springtime graduation ritual.
Take stock of the things you’re doing that are holding you at the same place and make a plan to graduate away from them and toward something better.
Consider these four ways to graduate your career to a higher level.
1. Graduate to getting paid what you’re worth.
It doesn’t serve anyone when you undercharge for your art. Doing so gives collectors a false idea about the value of art, while making other artists white-hot angry because they need to make a living from the sales of their work.
Undercharging also makes you bitter because you know you’re not getting paid what the work is worth.
2. Graduate to accepting 100% responsibility for your success.
You are the CEO of your art business. This means you’re in charge – of everything.
You take the blame for inaction and failure, but you also reap the rewards of success.
Recognize that every day counts. Postponing your marketing or studio time means postponing your career, your income, and your happiness.
3. Graduate to better venues for your art.
If you are repeatedly showing in the same safe venues and exhibitions, you are stuck.
If you have been showing in the same coffee shop year after year, look into a reputable co-op.
If you keep entering the same media-specific shows, start mingling with non-watercolorists, -quilters, or -photographers.
You want to radiate progress. Make it a goal to show potential collectors, curators, and gallerists that you are constantly advancing.
4. Graduate to getting help when you need it.
The thought that you can do everything yourself is sooooo yesterday.
No one has ever built a profitable, sustainable business on his or her own. There is a point when every owner of a moneymaking business must seek help.
You were put on this earth to make art and share it. When you spend your time trying to be graphic designer, bookkeeper, housekeeper, or lawn mower, you are separated from your life purpose.
Hiring help will sting your pocketbook at first, but you will see a better bottom line when you’re not trying to do it all on your own.
Are you ready to graduate?