Welcome back! You’ve survived this week! Hurray! I want to say THANK YOU so much for checking out my weekly blog post. That’s super nice of you!
The time has come to EXPOSE the last 5 POWer tips to becoming a remarkable artist! Frankly, not every artist needs these tips, but a little refresher doesn’t hurt, right? If you catch yourself doing any or some of these things, don’t fret! Simply assess the situation and avoid repeating the same mistake. That’s how we all grow.
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So… without further ado, here are the last 5 POWer tips to becoming a remarkable artist:
6. Be ready to answer the following question: Why does your work matter? Be ready to talk about your work, its purpose, message, values, etc. If an artist is unable or unprepared to talk about her work, how can a gallerist or curator become interested in showing her work or even sell the work without jeopardizing its essence?
7. If you are invited to be on a gallery show, don’t bring your personal promotional materials to distribute during opening night without asking first. Unless previous arrangements were made, all sales go through the gallery or venue. Sending prospect buyers to your studio during a show opening is not best practice. Why would a gallery want to represent your work if you’re funneling prospective clients towards your studio? Yikes!
8. If you are not selected for a show, do not take it as a mission to hunt down the curator to demand a reason. My name is Bond… James Bond (picture the sexy action-packed music in the background). Since you’re not Bond or Evelyn Salt, we suggest that you don’t burn bridges. Often it is simply because the curator had a specific idea in mind and may not be a reflection of the quality of your work. Move on and never give up!
9. During gallery openings, be alert, talk to people, share about your artwork. Future opportunities often arise from these events so you need to be fully aware of the dynamics taking place. See art openings as business and networking opportunities not a free booze event. Avoid excessive alcohol intake or anything that will impair you from learning about possibilities, making smart decisions and pursing amazing opportunities! Be Alert!
10. And finally, never use “I’m an artist” as an excuse for irresponsibility and mediocrity. Others will loose respect for you. Galleries and curators want to work with professional and responsible artists. With all due respect, keep in mind that there are quite a few outstanding artists out there that have chosen to invest in their professional development and art career. So, be one of them!
So, what are your thoughts on this week’s topic? We would love to hear from you! Do you think that the “I’m an artist” excuse for irresponsibility is still an issue in the art community? Leave a comment below!
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