Beware of “I Am Not”

Stop defining yourself in the negative, and define yourself in terms hopes and aspirations. How you choose to define yourself will influence how others look at you and think of you.

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Make It Happen - Like Santa

Katherine Tyrell

Instead of making excuses, ask yourself: “How can I make this happen?”

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Business You Is Looking After the Artist You


Guest blogger Heidi Spiegel has created two characters: the Artist Me and the Business Me. She says one is committed to making art, while the other believes in the art enough to support and promote it.

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Feel Better About the M Word

Carolin Peters, Mind, Body, Spirit


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Deep Thought Thursday: Scary

With Halloween approaching, I can’t help asking about fears. What’s scary about being an artist and how do you get past that fear?

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Resist the Urge to Be The Fixer

Patrick Howe

Have you ever caught yourself saying this about another artist: “He could be so much more successful if he would just . . . “? Or “She’d sell a lot more work if she would just . . . “?

If so, you might be a Fixer.

You’re frustrated because you recognize the talent in your artist-friends, and you want them to succeed. So, you start sharing with them what you’ve learned — perhaps some self-promotion or business tips from this blog. You can’t help yourself! You know what needs to be done, and you are excited to share the information.

Patrick Howe, The Sun Who Became a Pig and then Forgot He Was a Sun. Oil on board, 8 x 10 inches.

Here’s the thing, though. You can offer all kinds of tips and advice to other artists,

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Podcast: Stop, and then get to work

Are you looking for that one thing that will propel your art career forward faster than you could have imagined?

It’s easy to get lost in the quest for knowledge. Stop looking for knowledge that you already have and then get to work. Listen to your wise inner self!


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Lay Out Your Curriculum (podcast)

Listen, Read, Act, Repeat (newsletter)

The Road to Peak Productivity (audio program)

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Podcast: Ignite the fire in your belly

Ignite the fire in your belly! You need to be a self-starter and find the enthusiasm that will energize you to succeed in making a living from your art. Here are six ideas to keep the flame burning brightly!

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Take Yourself Seriously

On several occasions over the last few weeks, I have heard artists talking about their “real job.” I don’t let this slide. I’m quick to point out that if you want to be taken seriously as an artist, you must stop referring to another job as your “real job.” Artist Lisa Call calls it a “safe job.” Others might call it a “day job.” But always remember that if you want to be considered a professional, you must not only THINK that being an artist is a real job, you must also communicate it. Here are some ways to do that.

1. Watch your language. Train yourself to use a different terminology for work that helps you pay your bills.

2. Post your office and studio hours on doors. These are reminders to yourself

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