When I first meet with ArtCoaching for You clients, the first topic many want to address is quitting their day job to make and sell their artwork.
Once finding myself in this same situation, I knew what I wanted and developed a plan to become a full time professional artist.
The most important first step towards becoming a full time artist is to make art! Make lots of it. You’ll not only become better at what you do but all of the inventory will come in handy when you approach your market.
Before quitting your job, you should set aside a nest egg that you can use until your art business becomes self-sustaining. You can also take the route I did and wean yourself away from “the job” until it is no longer needed as a source of income.
Thirdly, begin displaying your art in places that make it look fantastic. Places where art buyers and art sellers (aka galleries, art consultants etc.) will see it. These places may at first be home studio shows and non-juried shows, or local businesses. These venues are all great places to exhibit in order to begin getting name recognition.
Next you need to convince art buyers just how serious you are about your art business. It is now time to produce evidence of this. Apply to major juried art exhibits, get your artwork reviewed by a publication, approach galleries and have them represent you on a full time basis, work with art consultants, license your artwork, become an art instructor in the medium you have mastered, have a yearly one person exhibit of your art, and so on. Bottom line is to grow your resume. Collectors and art dealers love to see this!
What steps do you need to take so that you can start your art career? Need a few personalized tips to get you started? We are here for you. Feel free to contact us through our website www.artcoachingforyou.com