Top Ways to Fail as an Artist
Carolyn Edlund | ArtsyShark
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.
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• Believe in the myth of the starving artist.
• Take all of your own portfolio shots (preferably out-of-focus with poor lighting).
• Write a rambling, vague artist statement that no one can understand so that you appear to be intelligent and unfathomable.
• Wait until the last minute to send in applications.
• Don’t return phone calls.
• Ignore visitors at gallery shows – remain aloof and mysterious!
• Leave your last blog entry of November, 2008 as your most recent contribution.
• Vastly under-price your work.
• Vastly overprice your work.
• Refuse to volunteer.
• Avoid business or networking events like the plague.
• Don’t take any continuing art or business education classes.
• Neglect to update your website with current work.
• Find excuses why your work won’t sell, and use them often.
• Apologize for your art – say that you are “not really” an artist.
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• Blame others for misunderstanding your work.
• Maintain a messy and disorganized studio.
• Embrace rejection – convince yourself you are a failure.
• Ignore deadlines.
• Give up.