Is it possible to earn a living as an artist?
Actually, it’s entirely possible. After all, many others have done it. While the starving artist cliché might be more common than financially comfortable artists, it certainly can be accomplished.
For an up-and-coming artist there are many challenges to be met, but all of them are solvable. Those that become successful apply effective solutions.
Using these tips will help you make a living from your artistic endeavors:
Realize that talent alone is insufficient. We all know incredibly talented people that have nothing to show for it. There is a business aspect to any type of art that must be managed if you want to be successful.
Choose your art and money beliefs with care. What do you believe about money and art? Are those beliefs going to support you in earning money? If you have the following beliefs, it would be wise to work on changing them:
All artists are starving artists.
The only artists that make money are sellouts.
Money corrupts art.
Find other artists that are successfully making money. Successful artists are generally quite agreeable about giving advice and support.
Why start from scratch when you can get the inside scoop from a true expert? Use other artists as valuable resources!
Create art that people want. If you look at the art that sells, it’s not necessarily the most original, super-beautiful piece of work that’s ever been created. It’s simply art that people enjoy. Look at popular movies and books. They’re not always great, just enjoyable.
Get your work out there. The starving artist has 100 things uncompleted, or completed but not visible to the general public. You have to publish your art in some fashion if people are going to be able to buy it. Give them something to see. Remember that "art" comes in many forms.
If you’re a writer, consider writing a book for Kindle.
If you’re a painter, take your work to the local art fairs.
If you make movies, get something on YouTube.
If your art is making wedding cakes, take some pictures and put them on your website.
Seek to be visible and then seek to be paid. If necessary, this might even mean giving your work away for free until you become better known.
Show-off your work to anyone that you think might have an interest.
Once your art is visible and has reached a sufficient level, start charging for the privilege of enjoying your creation.
Most mediocre artists are poor artists, so be excellent. Most artistic fields are competitive. The good news is that most artists aren’t truly committed. There is a lot of mediocre competition.
Persistence is enough to enjoy more success than 90% of the people in your chosen field.
Be a consumer of art. When you find something you really like, purchase it. If you would like others to support your artistic endeavors, you should do the same for them. Supporting others will help you believe that you deserve to be supported as well.
So get out there and become well known in your field. That means getting some excellent work completed and feeding it to the masses. Find a great mentor and spend as much time with them as possible. If you’re persistent, you’re likely to succeed.
Enjoy a healthy income while doing what you love to do!
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