Choosing to Live Excuse-Free

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.

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How are you staying on track this summer?

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?

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Attention: Big Thinking Required

Stop going through the motions with days filled only with meaningless tasks. Don’t wait for your big project to find you. Make plans now. Take charge!

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The Timing Will Never Be Right

There will never be a “good time” to have an exhibit, approach a gallery, write a grant proposal, or give your first artist talk. You have to make room for your priorities, and we tend to put off things that make us uncomfortable.

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You Are in Charge

Never blame anyone for your perceived failures. When you assume control, you bask in your successes – knowing that they were hard-earned. Likewise, you must also accept responsibility when things go wrong.

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Make It Up As You Go Along

You don’t have to have all the answers before beginning a project. Whether it’s trying a new medium in the studio, writing a how-to book, or teaching a class, just dive in! Don’t worry about how others do it. You will learn the ropes. Yes, you’ll make mistakes, but you would have made those anyway.

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10 Paths to Help You Emerge from a Creative Slump

We all have creative slumps. Whether you have no interest in promoting your art or are anxious about getting back into the studio, a slump is a slump. Here are 10 things you can do to hasten your emergence from a slump.

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Art Marketing Action Podcasts: Uncommonly Grateful

Audio version of the post with the same name. During this Thanksgiving holiday, take a moment to acknowledge a debt of gratitude for what you are grateful for in your life.

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Boo! Spook Yourself Into Action

Beth Robinson

While I usually try to be reassuring and supportive, I’m here to scare you today with a post that has become an annual Halloween tradition. I hope it spooks you into action.

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Need Motivation? Ask “Why?”

If you don’t know why you want to accomplish certain things, you’re going to have a hard time prioritizing and moving forward. Take time to identify and write down your motives.

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