When You're Worried About Being Too Commercial in Your Art Career

Jack the cat

I’ve asked about what it means to be “too commercial” before, but this article in Hyperallergic had me thinking about it again. It discusses a limited-edition $2,500 book by Annie Leibovitz for Taschen and the Wu-Tang Clan’s plan to sell access to a pricey album for 1-time-only listening.

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How to Feel More Abundant in Your Life and Art

Buy $10 bouquets in a bunch at the grocery store and divide them into small glasses or vases to spread the joy of fresh flowers.

I recently wrote about the importance of embracing an abundant mindset in your marketing. Now let’s look at some ways that you can start feeling more abundant that will help you break out of that frugal mindset. How do others treat you? How do you treat yourself? How do you treat others?

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Are You Too Frugal?

flowers

I’ll just come right out and say it: I am tired of watching artists and arts organizations live on leftover scraps. In my 23 years of working with fine art, I have witnessed repeatedly how frugal the arts are. Not to the patrons with the big bank accounts, but to the artists, without whom their passionate interest would not exist. Frugal isn’t bad by itself. In fact, frugal can be good. But frugal becomes detrimental when it feeds the idea that we are not worthy of more.

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Do The Math for the Juried Art Exhibit

Jim Carpenter Painting

An anonymous artist sent me an email with these stats. The painting she is sending to a juried art exhibition sells for $1200. Other fees involved – which don’t include material, labor, or office time – are:

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5-Step Income-Generating Plan for 2013

income generating plan for 2013

Decide now that you will make more money in 2013. You with me so far? Okay, so how are you going to do it? Let’s think through this. It’s never a bad idea to make more money, but your idea has more of a chance to become reality if you create a plan.

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Artists’ Day Jobs – What’s Yours?

On my Facebook page, I asked people what their day jobs were to help supplement their art income. We have a farmer, medical professionals, engineers, personal trainers, full-time moms, and many other colorful positions. Tell us what you do.

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The 7th Step to Achieving Income Goals

A. Alabi Akinloye, Female #1. Pastel on board.

After completing the six steps in setting your income goal for the year, it is time to determine how the money will come in. Step seven outlines all the areas of your income and divides the income goals across your planned activity.

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6 Steps to Identify Your Income Goals

Cathleen Rehfeld, Three Pomegranates. Oil on canvas on panel.

You have a grasp on how much money you’d like to make, but you have no idea how it’s going to happen. Getting a grip on your past income makes it easier to understand where the money will come from in the future.

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Deep Thought Thursday: Does money change things?

Art suffers the moment other people start paying for it. The more you need money, the more people will tell you what to do. The less control you will have. The more bullshit you will have to swallow. The less joy it will bring.—Hugh MacLeod in Ignore Everybody (page 64)

True?

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