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?
You might be leaving money on the table.
People who buy from you once – whether it’s a work of art or your teaching services – are more likely to buy from you again than people who have never bought from you.
It’s less effort to nurture relationships with people who already know, like, and trust you than to find new people to share your art with.
Take care of the people who have purchased from you. Show them you care now instead of contacting them only when you want something from them.
One of the biggest mistakes artist-entrepreneurs make is not following up with people who have given them money. Here’s a plan to awe your collectors – not just once, but over the course of your relationship.
If you sell art from your studio, rather than through a gallery, you have no excuses for not following up appropriately. You have the name and contact information of your collectors. Gallery artists envy you because that data isn’t usually shared with them.
Follow this plan to stay in touch with collectors.
We all have projects that are part of our lives for longer than originally intended. The more we avoid them, the more monstrous they become.
Procrastination is in charge.
Today’s question …
How do you motivate yourself to finish up a project that has been hanging around the studio too long?
How to you face a project that you committed to, but no longer have any interest in?
I recently helped Rob, my husband, with a presentation he was preparing on the topic of virtual reality.
Now, he’s a smart guy. He has a Ph.D. in mathematical physics, so he wasn’t asking me what I thought about his virtual reality angle. He had that covered.
He was seeking tips on how to take what he knew and massage it into a better presentation.
Here’s some advice I gave him, which might serve you.
Make It Visual
Bullet points are okay when your audience needs to write something down and remember it later. Otherwise, opt for visuals.
I use images as much as possible, but sometimes I make fun graphics out of words – sticking to my branding, of course.
You’re lucky! You so have this because your topic is inherently visual.
Most artists need only
If you ever doubted that routines are important for doing strong creative work, read Twyla Tharp’s book, The Creative Habit.
What is your morning routine?
What do you do each morning without thinking? What do you wish you would be able to do in the mornings?
Do you rise and shine early? Or are you a late starter?
Respond on this first Curious Monday post.