Are You Too Frugal?

I am tired of watching artists and arts organizations live on leftover scraps.

Mind you, the organizations and agencies aren’t cheap with the patrons and board members with the big bank accounts. They are cheap with the artists, without whom their passionate interest would not exist.

Artists, in turn, grow to feel they are not worthy of more.

Don’t get me wrong. Frugality isn’t inherently bad. In fact, it can be good.

I don’t believe in spending for spending’s sake or in extravagance.

But frugality becomes detrimental when it feeds the notion that we are not worthy of more.

Many of my clients develop this sense of unworthiness that is perpetuated by the very organizations that were created to serve them.

I confess that I behaved similarly in the past.

For years I have been writing about how artists can show that their work has value. But I continued to allow the organizers who hired me for workshops to do things “on the cheap,” and I was doing the same with the workshops and events I organized myself.

How can I save money? was my modus operandi.

My first workshop, in 2003, was held at an office building that a friend managed. I recall my parents (!) picking up and delivering boxed lunches to the group.

At a much later workshop, I ran my team ragged making coffee all day long – trekking repeatedly to the kitchen on the other end of the building. Coffee! Because I didn’t pay for a venue that had food service.

No more. I began attending

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Boost Your Art Business Income

Liz Crain, Clay Dollars. Dollar bills, clay slip, underglazes and underglaze pencils, electric oxidation, 2.5 x 6 x .25 inches. Used with permission.

If you would like to increase your income in 2015, you must take charge of your art business.

You have to stop waiting for things to happen and start putting all of the pieces into place, so that the good stuff can settle in.

Liz Crain, Clay Dollars. Dollar bills, clay slip, underglazes and underglaze pencils, electric oxidation, 2.5 x 6 x .25 inches. Used with permission.

Money doesn’t just appear when you need it. You have to work for it. [Tweet this.]

In my experience, one of the best things you can do to improve your chances of making more money is to create a plan: an income-boosting plan.

Where Is The Money Coming From?

In order to boost your

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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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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.

A. Alabi Akinloye, Female #1. Pastel on board, 24 x 18 inches. ©The Artist

Last week we were reviewing income sources for the past 3-4 years in order to set new income goals for 2011.

After you have your goals, it’s time to figure out how the money will come in. This was the next step (the 7th step) I took for myself in the process, and here’s how I did it.

Time to create another spreadsheet!

Record all of your areas of income in the left column. Across the top, you’ll list the months, January through December.

Under the corresponding months, you’ll note your major events: exhibits, festivals, sales, trade shows, and so forth. This gives you a visual

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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.

 

 

I have an ambitious income goal for the year.

With my number in mind, I woke up in a panic moment early (too early) one morning last week.

I was alarmed because I realized that I had no plan to reach that number.

The first step I took was to ground myself in reality. I encourage you to do the same by following the process I went through.

1. Decide on your income goal. It’s not the number that’s important, but that you create a plan to attain it.

2. Create a space to focus. Shut down email, Facebook, and Twitter and clear your calendar for the day. Really. This is all you’re

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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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