Five Myths Hindering Art Careers
What words or phrases came to mind in your decision to be a Visual Artist Fun, Simple, Lots of Customers, Lots of money?by Robert Currie on May 1, 2013
The purpose of this article is to offer an objective assessment of often used myths. There are two sides to every coin. You can have lots of fun creating art as a hobby or you can create art as a full-fledged business. No matter which side of the coin is right for you, it’s time to dispel some myths about the business and put them to bed for good.
1. Creating a lot of "Art" is the road to making a living - If this were true there would be more high-earning artists. Spending an endless amount of time in the studio is not the solution to making a living, it is the creating of inventory. This myth is related to the Base Ball Field analogy- " Build it and they will come." For any artist to earn money they must either sell their art or their talent. This take getting out of the studio or hiring someone to develop your concept for selling your art. This takes dictating time and resources to promote the value of work.
|"97% of artists are unsuccessful."|
3. All you have to do is get your art out there. This myth is one of the most notorious and self-centered. The part of this sentence that is factual "get your art out there." however the parts which are missing - in front of whom, where are they, what to say and how much to charge ...etc. It takes research, comparison and visiting events to find the venue for the work you've create. Putting your art in a gallery because they have art shows is a bad strategic decision. A skillful advisor such as an agent can facilitate the selection of appropriate venues. Put it this way -"don't display nude paintings at a Catholic art festival." put you art where it support your objective.
Esthetic is not the primary people buy art.
5. Advice is free of charge. Free advice don't mean it is credible, current or usable. The contributor sees little worth other than to gain favor. An independent study of advice offered by artists to other artists, on social media sites such as LinkedIn's Art Professional Group, has been found to be given by people with little or no experience in the field. More than 90% is considered not to be credible.
Making a living as a Visual Artist isn't as easy mainly due to artists chosen the most difficult route. Many artists have fallen for the myths and meager success stories. Look how many have demonized trade and claimed trade corrupt art.
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