Any change in your routine — holidays, illness, vacations, family deaths or weddings — can bring a slump in your creative work.
Even when you’re completely into your art, there’s often an inertia that keeps you from rebooting and being productive.
Cynthia Morris and I recognize this in our clients and thought it would be juicy content for a podcast.
But first … full disclosure … we went to a yoga class. It was an experiment. What would it be like to record one podcast, go to yoga, and then try another after taking a break? Would we be able to get back into the groove?
It was a tall order and it didn’t quite work. I think you’ll see that we empathize with the topic when you listen to this podcast.
Recently I was talking with Cynthia Morris, when, in response to who-knows-what, she said with a scowl, “Ideas! I’m so tired of hearing about ideas.” Or something like that.
Right then, I knew we had to talk about it. I knew she was on to something.
Listen in to the podcast as Cynthia and I talk about why too many ideas can be a bad thing for artists. Cynthia also gives practical tips on how to choose among your many ideas for your next big project.
Show Notes – Authored by Cynthia Morris
Creative people are blessed with an abundance of ideas. New ideas arrive daily, pulsing through our awareness and lighting up our sense of possibility like a scintillating fireworks display.
How fun! We love inhabiting the land of possibility, where our ideas inspire us, energize us and make us feel like omnipotent creators. We could do anything!
The problem is, we can’t do everything.
This abundance of ideas can become painful when we arrive at the crossroads of what to make next. The fireworks we loved so dearly becomes a dissatisfying decision swirl, making us second-guess everything, including our desire to make anything at all.
So, how can we know which projects to work on, and when?
Which of the seductive ideas do we devote ourselves to?
The secret to making a living as an artist is that there are no secrets. Artists find their own paths and each path is unique.
There are some qualities, however, that you must have:
And … a willingness to learn, adapt, and grow.
It also helps to have a positive outlook, people skills, and a grateful heart.
Elizabeth St. Hilaire has all of these – in spades. I have always admired her business savvy and work ethic.
I was delighted to spend 3 days with her recently. During a hike together, where we talked mostly about art and business, I blurted, Hey! We should do a podcast while you’re here.
So we did.
In this podcast, Elizabeth breaks down where she generates income (teaching, licensing, art sales, books, and DVDs). She also outlines the various teaching models that are available to artists today.
Community is essential for artists. Not just for your well-being, but for the well-being of your art.
In this episode, Michael Keen and I talk about his background with artists’ communities and the value of community. In particular, community can provide:
– Constructive feedback
As you’ll hear, other things came up.
This month I asked artist/author/coach Cynthia Morris back to the podcast to discuss a topic that comes up often with my artist-clients. See if this sounds familiar.
You have things you don’t want to do. It’s painful to even think about tackling them, but you know that you need to work through them in order to move forward.
How do you do it?
In this episode, Cynthia and I talk about how to accomplish things in your art career and business that you don’t enjoy doing.
I was particularly interested in the discussion we had about happiness v. satisfaction.
Listen in and then please leave a comment to let us know you’re listening.
With today’s post, we’re introducing a new feature: a monthly podcast.
My previous Art Marketing Action podcast was an audio version of the weekly newsletter, which you can still find online here and on iTunes.
I’m not sure what will happen in the future, but I am committed to deliver at least one content post a month in audio.
Are You Impatient About Your Art Career?
In this podcast, I talk with artist/author/coach Cynthia Morris about how to set up your art career for success – so that you’re in it for longevity, and not for instant gratification.
These topics came up (talk about thinking big!):
- Empowering yourself
The Art Marketing Action podcast was produced for 3.5 years and was ended in November of 2010. Here, I share 5 of my favorite episodes from 2010.
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.
Audio version of the post with the same name. There are many free gifts with value-packed content relevant to your art career and business available through ArtBizCoach.
Audio version of the post with the same name. Not embracing email, blogs, and social media? Not to worry – artists can achieve amazing results with traditional marketing.