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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
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.
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.
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.
There comes a point in a growing business where you can’t afford not to hire someone. It’s not easy to write those first checks to someone else for a task you know you could do, but your business can’t grow as long as you continue to do everything by yourself. Let’s look at six situations where you should get help from others.
Most artists work alone and flourish in their silence without interruptions. This is critical for the creative process. But when it comes to building a business, know this: You will make better progress in art marketing and business planning by joining up with an equally ambitious accountability partner.
You’re probably accustomed to people asking you to donate your art to this or that cause, but have you ever been on the other side? Have you ever been the one making the request for a donation? There will come a time in your art career when you must ask for donations. Not just money, but also gifts of services or products.