I’ve had the fortune of nurturing fairly close relationships with artists in the virtual world since 2002. Because I’ve been at it for so long, I have witnessed too many artists deal with illness – temporary, chronic, and fatal. I feel hopelessly inept to provide any guidance for artists in these situations. Can you help?
Attendees at Art Biz Coach workshops are deliberately placed into uncomfortable situations. They are asked to 1) meet everyone in the room before the end of the event; 2) share workshop exercises with people they don’t know; and 3) change seats so they sit next to someone new. I do this because dealing with discomfort is necessary for growth as an artist and as a businessperson.
Whether or not you are getting a diploma this month, you can still participate in the springtime graduation ritual.Take stock of the things you’re doing that are holding you at the same place and make a plan to graduate away from them and toward something better. Consider these four ways to graduate your career to a higher level.
Think you can take a few classes or attend a workshop and you’re suddenly a genius at business? Of course you don’t. Being an Art Biz Blog reader, you know better.There’s so much to learn, know, and do. Every step forward reveals even more options, and we only begin to understand the implications of an action after we have been implementing it consistently. Here’s how to immerse yourself and really learn how to promote your art effectively.
Lots of questions about this subject. Deep Thought(s) . . . What role does ambition play in your art career and business? How do you see the ambition of other artists? Has your ambition changed over the years? How so? Has your ambition changed with success?
With less than a week to go before the New Year, we are all feeling the promise of a fresh start. Oh, the anticipation of attaining big goals. But wait! There’s a lot of crap in the way of those promises and goals. Wouldn’t it feel good if the New Year felt . . . well . . . new? Kind of like a blank canvas?
You probably did more in 2012 than you are giving yourself credit for. Take time over the next two weeks to outline your accomplishments for the year. This exercise has been an annual Art Biz Coach tradition for many years. Subscribers who complete the exercise say they are surprised and proud of all they accomplished during the year.
Change helps us innovate and become better leaders. I understand that change can be debilitating for many people. If you are open to change, there are two criteria I advise you to use when deciding whether change is necessary.
In my book, I’d Rather Be in the Studio, I share my philosophy of no-excuses art marketing. Accept full responsibility for your life and do the work required to get you where you want to be. Choose to live excuse-free.
Deep Thought Thursday . . . Do you give yourself a break and relax a little over the summer? Is your summer busier than other times of the year? What does summer do to your art career and business?