Again, thanks for your great questions and comments on the previous blog posts. Your input is invaluable as we put together materials designed to help you achieve your goals and dreams in the art world.
Now, we have some questions for you!
Where do you want to go with your art career?
Just as no two artists are alike, no two artists will have the same vision for their art business. What may work for one may be totally wrong for anothr. There are so many avenues a career in the arts can take. How do you decide what’s right for you, and that will be a great fit for your personality, your energy level, your abilities, and your self-image?
In the U.S., Labor Day weekend starts Friday. I would like to challenge you to do an activity within the next few days. Maybe this Sunday, or on the holiday itself. (Seems like a legit day to really think about your art business, right?)
The “Not Ice Bucket” Challenge
For the past few weeks, the internet has been awash with videos of people creatively getting doused with buckets of ice water to raise awareness for the terrible disease, ALS. The amazing viral campaign has captured the attention of millions of people and celebrities world-wide. An astronomical amount of videos have been posted, and last I heard had raised over $70,000,000 for the cause.
Some videos took several hours to plan, execute and post. All for a good cause.
Now, I’m calling you out for the Art Success Challenge! 🙂
Grab a notebook and go someplace beautiful and quiet this weekend. Take some time to reflect on the progress you’ve made with your art so far in 2014. Celebrate your successes and examine where your journey has taken you.
Here are some questions to consider and answer:
- How many pieces have you created so far this year?
- On average, how much time do you spend each week actually creating your art?
- How much time do you estimate you spend preparing to create–ordering your materials, organizing your work place, looking for subject matter and ideas, etc.
- What shows have you entered this year?
- What are your gross art sales so far this year? (Total amount received for selling your work, not counting any expenses.)
- Which have been your best venues for showing your art?
- How many artworks do you currently have on hand, ready to sell?
These questions should give you a quick snapshot of where you currently are this year.
Now, let’s do some dreaming. Where would you like to be in five years? What is your “Ideal Scene?” If everything could go perfectly and you knew you couldn’t fail, what would your life look like in the following areas five years from now?
- Your spirituality
- Your physical and mental health
- Your relationships with family, friends, and business associates
- Your “day” job
- Your art endeavors
- Your finances
Write it all down. Let your imagination soar. Don’t be afraid to write down what you really, really want–no one will see it but you.
Plan to have your notebook with you when you attend the upcoming “Insider Secrets of a Successful Art Career” workshop on Saturday, September 6, 2014. You’ll need the info to be able to determine if you are in Phase I, II or III of your art career. And you’ll need it to program your “Artistic GPS” that we’ll discuss during the class.
Knowing where you currently are and where you want to go will put you on the road to artistic success!
Do you accept the “Art Success Challenge?” Let us know in the comments below.
Tell us which day you’ll complete the challenge and where you plan to go to do it! (Example: “I accept the Art Success Challenge. I plan to complete it on my favorite beach Saturday afternoon.”)
And feel free to challenge your other artist friends to do the same! We look forward to hearing from you, and hope you’ll join us for the upcoming “Insider Secrets” workshop!
P.S. Registration for “Insider Secrets to a Successful Art Career” is now open!
To get more details on the workshop and to register, please click HERE now!