Martina's Art Business Tips
Your voice is your art, so it's time getting the word out!
Any artist aspiring to live off their skills could certainly use some art business tips to help them make a success of their art business. No doubt you've already figured our that being an artist is far from a secure and steady career path.
Nevertheless, it is possible to create a rewarding career in the arts if you wish to make a living from your artistic skills. It's not an easy field to break into, but with the right skills and knowledge, it is possible to create a successful art business. You need to be good at negotiating, communicating with clients, and handle the business and promotional side of things. To create artwork is not enough. Knowing your legal rights and responsibilities is also crucial. But if this all sounds a bit daunting, don't be discouraged. When I started out, I had no knowledge of business or negotiation skills. However, I quickly found success in my arts career the more knowledge I gained of this industry. I believe the key to my fast progress was my willingness to learn business skills, even though I initially had no interest in the business side of art. I am almost amazed at how easy it was to grow into a an arts career, despite that I had an utter distaste for business at first.
Start by connecting with peers, your local arts development officer, business discussion rounds organised by NAVA or your local arts council.