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)
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Does it look like the recession is over for you? How will you know when it’s over? How will your life be different? Tell us on today’s deep thought.
You’re tempted to ignore this post because you don’t like to think or talk about money. That would be at your peril. If you want to make more money as an artist, you can’t ignore the unpleasant stuff. Read on if you dare take care of your financial health.
1. Don’t rely on a spouse to take care of all the financial stuff for you. YOU need to know how to do it. You need to be aware and able to take charge if, heaven forbid, something should happen to your spouse. And I hate to even bring it up, but I’ve heard so many stories recently about people being duped out of their life savings by their spouses who made poor financial decisions. These weren’t in the paper or a television exposé, these were artists I was talking to.
Astrid Volquardsen enjoyed reading the responses to “How long did it take you to make that?”, which got her to thinking about another question that viewers often ask. She’s curious . . .
How does one respond to the question: “Your art seems to be expensive” ?
In contrast to the question “How long did it take you to make that?”, this is definitely a value question. No getting around it.
Image ©Astrid Volquardsen, Nordmannsgrund (II) Blick nach Langeness
Astrid adds: This is often asked by people who never have bought originals before. How should one react without being defensive, smart or snappy? What could be a good respond in order to open up a conversation and maybe win new customers?
Can you help her
©2009, Deborah T. Colter, Calculated Confidence.
I keep reading and hearing this . . .
We need art and artists more than ever in these difficult times.
Is it true?
Why or why not?
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