Monday, October 10, 2011


Interactive book created by Sylvia Fonfara.
This podcast is an interview with Alyson B. Stanfield, A.K.A. The Art Biz Coach.  She discusses some extremely important steps to becoming a professional artist.  Her four tips are devote yourself completely to a studio practice, create an online emailing list, connect with other artists, and start writing about your work and never stop.  I will address one of these topics in each of my next four blog posts.

Part 1 of this series will focus on "devoting yourself to a studio practice."  This tip is more for those artists who weren’t forced into the studio practice and competition through art school.  Every artist needs to mature in their field and be prepared to compete.  This means not making excuses and often times making sacrifices.

Let's first look at this competition and how making excuses will not help you succeed.  My car didn’t start, my alarm didn’t go off, or I was sick are all reasonable excuses but none of them will get you the job or help you meet a new client.  This is not saying that you don't need to take care of yourself, or that your personal life is not important.  You do, and it is.  However, a professional artist will often times be less successful if they leave out the professional aspect.

In addition to not making excuses, a professional artist must also make sacrifices the same as any other businessperson.  In the beginning, you may need to make sacrifices, in your vacations, and family time, or in your budget.  Not everyone is willing to do this and that is fine.  Professional artist make art because they have to, not just for fun. Not everyone wants to be in the studio 8 – 12 hours a day. "Is this a hobby (which is often more enjoyable)" or are you willing to make the sacrifices to be a professional?

“It is hard work to be an artist!”

The Coach's Post with more hints on how to devote yourself to the studio practice.

See the other 3 posts
Part 2 Email Lists 
Part 3 Networking
Part 4 Write about Your Work

If you are devoted to your artwork, come on in to or email Works of Wyoming for some tips and information about how to advance your art career.

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