Artists tell me there is too much work to be the creative director, CEO, chief marketer, and social media manager of their businesses.
If you could wave a magic wand and have help in your art business, who would you hire?
What would their responsibilities be?
Would they help you in the office or in your studio?
Is it a single person? Or multiple people?
Do they need to work in your space or can they work virtually?
Since you’ll never get help until you define the parameters of the job, let’s start with those questions.
The world loves labels. And, yet, many artists would walk a mile out of the way to avoid a label.
Just for fun, though, try on the label “entrepreneur.”
I am an entrepreneur.
I think you, too, are an entrepreneur, but I’m not sure what you think about that word. Let’s find out.
Are You An Entrepreneur?
Without getting into the official definition of the word, do you relate to the word “entrepreneur”?
What comes up for you if I called you an artist-entrepreneur?
Do you describe yourself as an entrepreneur?
What would it take for you to feel more like an entrepreneur? Is that desirable?
Do you buy products, classes, books, and programs for entrepreneurs?
Can’t wait to hear what you have to say. Just leave a comment below.
Some time ago, I learned to block out days for no scheduled calls or appointments.
These “free days” are rarely free, but they allow big chunks of time for tasks such as writing and planning. They are usually Mondays and Fridays, which means my Tuesday-Thursday calendar is pretty jam-packed.
I prefer afternoon client calls to morning client calls so that I can catch up with my team in the mornings.
I leave Monday mornings for recombobulating after the weekend, and Fridays for writing and art-viewing.
How about you?
How do you organize your week for maximum productivity and inspiration in the office and studio?
Is it harder to be a woman and have an art career?
I’m not talking about the fact that the art world is still male-dominated. I’m talking about juggling roles that are perceived to be held traditionally by women with your career as an artist.
Do you find it difficult to be wife, mother, caretaker, carpool-driver, housekeeper, and have an art career?
How or why is it harder to do this as an artist than if you were in another business?
What would make it easier? What could you do differently to make it easier on yourself.
And what about you guys? What do you think?
It’s well proven that we need rest and relaxation for peak performance.
Artists need to get away or get out of their heads in order to be refreshed and newly inspired.
Enter the artist’s retreat.
You might have official getaways planned in the form of retreats. I often refer to Art Biz Breakthrough as a retreat because it allows you to get away from the daily grind and focus on business-building.
How do you get away from it all?
Do you have regular retreats planned? Where do you go? What do you see and do?
Do you plan weekly or monthly retreats?
What do those look like?
Please share in a comment below.
There’s an art controversy in my sleepy little hometown of Golden, Colorado.
Six bronze sculptures have been recommended for deaccession from the City’s collection. The reasoning:
– They were mass produced in China.
– They are judged to be of lesser quality.
– They are signed by “fake” artists. No one can find an artist by these names.
And, yet, many people love these pieces.
I’m curious about what you think.
Busy in the studio, busy at home, and busy in the office. Everyone is so busy that it’s a boring topic. I’ve even made it an important goal to never utter the words I’m so busy.
But lots of the busy-ness involves sitting on our butts. And when we’re not doing that, we might just be so involved in deadlines and commitments that we forget to eat.
None of this is good.
Today’s big question originated from one of my Inner Circle members: How do you take care of yourself?
Curious Monday is a weekly question that is sent only to subscribers.
I’m curious about how you live your life as an artist, how you juggle the demands on your time, and what you’re thinking about.
I hope you’ll read the responses from other artists.
Maybe you’ll get some fresh ideas or even feel a little more connected as a result.
Feel free to email me with suggestions for future Curious Monday questions.
Living the life as an artist is hard enough, but it’s made harder when those we’re close to don’t support us.
We need people around us who can support us emotionally – people who believe in our message to the world. It really stinks when friends and family don’t believe in our goals.
Have you lost friendships because people couldn’t support your life as an artist?