A guest post by Victoria Rose Martin
The holidays are over and it seems every infomercial on television is discussing one of the most popular New Years resolutions, losing weight. Forget all about those sales spiels; instead let’s talk about losing WAIT. You know what I am talking about, all of those unfulfilled promises you make to yourself like “I will wait until the kids get older before start making art,” or “I will wait to start a blog or build my artistic online presence.” Here are 4 ways to avoid the wait when it comes to building your art career.
1. If you really want an artistic career but keep dragging your feet ask yourself what’s really holding you back? What are you waiting for? Believe it or not a lot of people out there hold themselves back because they’re afraid of what success will mean. What if you get a big order? What if you can’t juggle your day job and your art job? Honestly before I set up my online shop I was full of doubt. Just know it’s natural to have doubts.
But how will you know if you never try? And rather than focusing on worst case scenarios focus on the best things that could happen such as having a creative outlet and something that brings meaning to your life.
And if you already have a shop, why not expand and explore other opportunities such as selling your work on Café Press, e-bay or Art Pal.
2. Don’t wait for trends to pass you by. Do you want to know which colors are hot in 2014? Check out Pantone’s Color Report for Spring 2014. What if you created a line of art based on which colors are trending? You could promote it on your blog.
3. When you sit down to make your list of things to do in 2014 keep it short. Rather than focusing on the long, long list of all the things you would like to accomplish instead focus on one or two things. Such as I will make one art piece per week. And if that is too much to handle then why not challenge yourself to make one piece per month. Or I will enter one show by . Sometimes we fail at what we want to do because we set our goal posts too high. Be logical and realistic on the goals you set.
Or you can try Art Meetup to find a like-minded artist group near you.
4. And finally, find a mentor or art coach. Is there an artist you like or admire online? Perhaps you could sit down and read their blog and see if you can spot tricks or tips on how they got where they are today. Or ask a trusted friend to be your coach or personal cheerleader and in return you be theirs when they need one too. Or if you absolutely can’t do it yourself perhaps you might consider a life coach. Life coaches can work with you to reach and maintain life and career goals.
In the year ahead it’s my hope that you find your way and start on the path of making a career from your art. Or if you’re already an artist with a bit of success, I would encourage you to honestly evaluate your current situation and explore ways to expand your artistic career. There are always new online outlets popping up nearly everyday. Take the time to discover at least one new trend and try to make it work for you.
I wish you the happiest of new years and the most sincere wishes for artistic growth and development. And if you have questions, feel free to send an email.
Victoria Rose Martin is an artist and designer currently living in South Florida. She is the Department Chair for Fine Art and Graphic Design at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Florida. You can visit her website at: VictoriaRoseMartin.com.
For more advice about selling your work, try the 2014 Artist’s and Graphic Designers Market.
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