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    The Art of Getting an Artist Grant

    The Art of Getting an Artist Grant
    A grant in the hand is worth two paintings on the easel. One refrain in the e-mail we got was the amount of work involved in locating grants. [widget:3597] "Everything I've heard about grants indicates that filling out the proposals takes a minimum of 40 hours of work, for a few thousand dollars (which in this day and age really doesn't ...
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    Art Rep 101 – Are You Desirable?

    Art Rep 101 – Are You Desirable?
    Your most important job as an Illustrator is to be the best artist that you can possibly be. Your second most important job is to find work. This means that promotion plays a big part in the success of your freelance business. In fact, you may find yourself spending more time on this task than any other, even creating art. After ...
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    The Seven Habits of Very Successful Artists

    The Seven Habits of Very Successful Artists
    In the early 1990’s Steven Covey wrote a book entitled “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” which became a huge best seller and still sells well today. It was a book that provided a holistic and a principled approach for problem solving, living and adapting to change by seeing opportunities rather than problems. I believe that there are also seven ...
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    Get Your Work in an Art Gallery & Sell It

    Get Your Work in an Art Gallery & Sell It
    Rhonda Schaller is an artist, gallerist, and the Assistant Director of Career Development at New York’s School of Visual Arts. She has an amazing wealth of knowledge, and offers in-depth steps to sell your artwork through galleries or as a self-produced artist. Bookmark it, print it out, study and learn how to advance your art career! I want to talk with ...
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    Why Does an Artist Need an Art Rep?

    Why Does an Artist Need an Art Rep?
    "An effective art rep is like a film agent; each performs a similar function. If you were an aspiring movie star, rather than a visual artist, one of your greatest assets would be your agent. Your agent would be contacting people on your behalf who could help advance your career, and gain you opportunities that you would never otherwise enjoy. Your ...
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    Bad Design Habits That'll Trash Your Career

    Bad Design Habits That'll Trash Your Career
    *Cue in sobs* Why don’t they like my designs?! The bad design habits that could potentially ruin your design career and reputation! We all know the traditionally bad work habits that can ruin your career, your relationship with your boss and coworkers, as well as any chance of ever getting a good recommendation. Things like, being late for work, being disrespectful, ...
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    How To Properly Photograph Your Artwork

    How To Properly Photograph Your Artwork
    In a recent coaching session, someone asked me if they their art photography represented their actual work. I knew this person’s work (as I have seen the actual physical pieces) and, honestly, they really didn’t do the work justice. That led to my thinking . . . how many others’ digital images of their artwork are just not “cutting the mustard?” ...
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    Finding Your Signature Style as an Artist

    Finding Your Signature Style as an Artist
    Do you have a memorable style to your work? In other words, do you have a signature style? Can viewers distinguish your work from any other artist? If they can, there is a better chance they will not confuse your work with other artists, and will remember you. Try this simple test: Display 10 pieces of your work amongst 10 pieces ...
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    How to Grab the Attention of an Art Rep

    How to Grab the Attention of an Art Rep
    In your search for an Art Rep, it is important to remember that Art Reps are searching for the same things that Art Directors seek out when hiring an Illustrator for their next project. This is because agents are in the business of connecting their artists with the right clients, which requires a solid understanding of the industry and a history ...
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    Is Working for Free Good for Your Art Career?

    Is Working for Free Good for Your Art Career?
    Most professional Illustrators believe spec work to be a bad idea. And in most cases, they’re right. More often than not, working on spec hurts your business and wastes your valuable time and talent as a creative professional. However, there are times when it’s okay, or even beneficial, to work for free. Before you start booing, here are 3 examples of ...
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    Promote Your Art to Corporate Clients

    Promote Your Art to Corporate Clients
    If you had an insider’s tour of the offices of power brokers, government officials and influential businesspeople in our nation’s capitol, what would you see? Judith HeartSong, the Art Director for corporate consulting firm ArtMatters LLC in Washington, DC, agreed to answer a few question about this world and how artists can become involved in the corporate market. AS: Your company ...
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    How to Sell Your Work to Art Publishers

    How to Sell Your Work to Art Publishers
    Harriet Rinehart has a long history as an art publisher. Founder and president of H.W. Rinehart Fine Arts, Inc. for 18 years, she sold her company to Bentley Publishing Group in 1999. Since then she has worked on product development and artist search for the six brand divisions of Bentley Publishing Group. Artsy Shark spoke with Harriet about her artist search, ...
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    Top Ways to Fail as an Artist

    Top Ways to Fail as an Artist
    In the spirit of Ben Stein’s How to Ruin Your Life, the following is a starter list on how not to succeed in your art career. How many can you add? Share your wisdom in the comments below! • Believe in the myth of the starving artist. • Take all of your own portfolio shots (preferably out-of-focus with poor lighting). • ...
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    Myths About Passion and Your Art Career

    Myths About Passion and Your Art Career
    If you Google “find your passion” you will get 39,000,000 hits. Go to the self-help section of any bookstore and you will see 50 or more volumes on finding your passion, following your passion, living your passion. Every other social media bio has a reference to “passionate about.” Passion, as they say, is the new black. So I was hardly surprised ...
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    How to Be a More Productive Art Professional

    How to Be a More Productive Art Professional
    If you're an artist, you might want to consider how you can use the Pareto Principle to your advantage in your art business to make a quantum leap in your finances. The Pareto Principle says this (via Wikipedia) “The Pareto principle (also known as the 80-20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, ...
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    What Businesses Can Learn From Designers

    What Businesses Can Learn From Designers
    Instructors for the Power of Social Technology curriculum at the Stanford Graduate School of Business unpack social media concepts It's not clear how design and business mix. However, in the last decade, there has been a growing fascination with how they might. Recent articles on design thinking proliferate—ranging from those that highlight its potential to those that warn of it’s impending ...
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    How to Create Bold Art Goals

    How to Create Bold Art Goals
    So what’s in store for 2010? Have you set any goals? Any milestones you want to hit? Anything that would make 2010 extra super spectacular and mega cool? A lot of people I know don’t even like to think ahead in fear that they will reach too high and then be disappointed – like all the other times before that they ...
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    Boosting Art Sales Via Practical Creativity

    Boosting Art Sales Via Practical Creativity
    Creativity is such a huge subject but I wanted to take a stab at one issue that I think might be helpful for artists and creatives (at least something to think about) There is such a prevalent myth out there that’s it’s good to be more creative. Now this can be a snake pit, bear trap and maze all rolled into ...
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    Selling Your Art: How to Get Clients

    Selling Your Art: How to Get Clients
    Selling your art is a BIG challenge for a lot of artists out there. And I understand the challenge. But one thing is for sure – without clients (or customers) you won’t sell enough to buy a postage stamp. I am a member of Steve Chandler’s excellent Club Fearless program and I have been given special permission to give away a ...
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    Should Artists Ever Work for Free?

    Should Artists Ever Work for Free?
    This post is a little different from the kind of thing I’ve been writing lately, but I thought it might be helpful to young artists out there. Some of my absolutely favorite students have graduated over the last couple of years, which means that I’ve been getting pleas for advice on how to navigate through this crazy art world of ours. ...
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