Networking for Artists
A Lifeblood for an Artist in Business
In my earlier days as a budding artist entrepreneur, I learned an important lesson about the role of being an artist and networking, that is to engage, engage, engage.
It is about communicating with everyone you meet, building a fan base and to care for your industry at the same time. Building a following of individuals who appreciate your work is one method to establish a successful career as an artist.
Almost any ability, including the art of communication, can be learnt. It doesn't matter whether you're timid or a bad public speaker; by taking tiny efforts at first, you'll discover that networking becomes easier with time. I was terrified to speak in front of a larger group, until I pushed myself into the role of an art teacher, because I loved it too much and within a short time I felt not only at ease but thoroughly enjoyed it. It is exciting to push through fear and expand who you are and grow as a person. By being out there you are creating a fan base. These individuals you learn to connect with, may purchase artwork, commission unique works, share information with others, or promote you on social media. Some musicians use their celebrity to land deals with retailers and other businesses. Networking can help you reach a larger audience and gain more followers.