Are These 4 Time-Stealers Robbing You of a Successful Art Career?

©July Cady Ryan, The Time Stealer. Acrylic, 12 x 12 inches. Used with permission.

A student in my Art Biz Bootcamp asked last week on a coaching call, “Where do you find the time?” After I gave him my answers and we hung up from the call, I thought: There’s no such thing as finding time. We have time. It’s up to us how we choose to use it. Then I thought about time bandits. I came up with four big things that rob us of that time.

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Artist Donations: Testing the Limits of Your Love

©Andie Freeman, Fragile Heart. Oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches. Private collection. Used with permission.

All artists are, at some point, asked to donate their work for a good cause. Most artists have soft hearts and want to help out anyone who asks. You need to be prepared with a response that reflects your boundaries while educating those doing the asking.

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Hurry Hurry! (sort of)

hurry-hurry

Emphasized at my mastermind meeting two weeks ago: The most successful people have a sense of urgency. I believed this to be true when I heard it, and then I started researching what “a sense of urgency” really means. It’s not really about hurrying.

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Would You Fire Yourself?

you are fired

If you were the boss and had you as an employee, would you be happy with your performance, or would you fire yourself? Let’s pretend for a moment that you are conducting a performance review of your work. Evaluate whether or not your expectations as an employer are being met by your performance as an employee.

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Your Year-End Review for 2013

2013-review

You survived another year as a working artist. Congratulations! Now it’s time to step back and look at all you have accomplished. This is a ritual to take your mind off of the long task list in front of you and to remind you that you really have done a great deal.

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In Praise of the Handwritten Thank-You Note

Expressing my gratitude for you.

You can set yourself apart from other artists by sending handwritten thank-you notes in the mail. Every Thanksgiving I try to write something about gratitude. This year I want to remind you of the value of writing a note, addressing an envelope, attaching a stamp, and sticking it in the mail.

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How to Be a Joy to Work With

Helen Hiebert paper weaving

What makes someone want to work with you? Sure, it might be your art, but there are a lot of talented artists out there. If you don’t approach your business with the same professionalism you give your art, you are likely to be passed over for other artists. Based on my conversations with heads of arts agencies, curators, and gallerists . . .

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Vacation Leads to Quadrupling Art Sales

Rani Garner LG show

In 2006, I went on vacation, accidentally got into a new gallery while there, and wound up quadrupling my art sales. Over the years I have come to the conclusion that having your work in exactly the right location – a very specific type of place – can change your success as an artist dramatically.

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6 Tips for Recovering Your Focus

iZoar-Focus

I’ve been thinking a lot about Focus lately – enough that it deserves a capital “F.” It’s not that I’ve never written about focus, but it seems more critical than ever to remove ourselves from the chatter of social media, family squabbles, and needy pets. We have to give ourselves space to focus on a project.

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You Are the Ringmaster of Your Life

ringmaster

When you work on your own, it’s easy to get into an unproductive rut. The demands of everyday life can pull you off track. Soon, you find, you’re taxiing kids, doing the laundry or waiting for repair people. Well, YOU are the Ringmaster of your life. You get to call the shots, and you can step up and create a structure to drive momentum and increase productivity.

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