I found this from Baang and Burne as I was surfing the web. Great questions… I printed it out and put it in the entrance to my studio to give me some food for thought. There are a lot of assumptions about being and artist that I find I need to revisit on a regular basis. This list helps keep me in line.
What if there were no art dealers, no “art reps”, and no commercial galleries to sell our work?
What if we summoned the courage to take full responsibility for our careers instead of placing our future in someone else’s hands?
What if we used our creative abilities to think up new and exciting ways to market our work?
What we embraced the very real fact that artists are entrepreneurs?
What if we stopped making excuses, and started making choices?
What if we worked harder at building relationships with people who have shown interest in our work?
What if we were less afraid to step into the spotlight and stopped hiding behind our work?
What if we stopped expecting our art to “speak for itself” and became the passionately vocal champions of our own work?
What if we stopped worrying about accumulating lines on our resume and focused our energy on building relationships with would-be collectors?
What if we told everyone we met that we are artists and confidently invited them to see our work?
What if we stopped blaming the economy?
What if instead of spending money on entry fees, we invested in marketing classes?
What if we stopped waiting for external approval?
What if we worried less about “the art world” and focused more on creating a productive and consistent studio practice?
What if we finished what we started?
What if we stopped searching for a quick fix?
What if we developed discipline?
What if we stopped treating out profession like a hobby?
What if we talked less about what we want to do, and skipped right to the actual “doing” part?
What if we stopped apologizing for being artists?
What if we asked for help when we needed it?
What if we stopped feeling afraid/ashamed/nervous about making money?
What if we learned to price our work in a way that doesn’t under-valued our skill and experience?
What if we stopped comparing ourselves to others?
What if we were less afraid?
What if we spent just as much time marketing our work as making our work?
What if we reached out to help other artists instead of seeing them as competition?
What if we stopped waiting to be rescued? What if we rescued ourselves?
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