Dangerous Creation Methods: losing the plot in art business
ART IS SPIRIT
Creating art is never a simple, compartmental type of work. You can't schedule it. You can't confine it. You can't force it.
It's a free flowing energy.
A liberal spark that comes and goes as it pleases, swayed by emotion, moments or inspiration.
And when we yield to that force, grand works come to life. MONEY MAKER So when we start to make money off of it, it becomes dangerous toy.
The idea of success. The idea of making a LIVING. We are inspired by artists who have made a career of this but cannot grasp the capacity of what they sacrifice for that to happen.
For THIS to work.
MY BLUNDEROUS BEGINNINGS
When I began to start selling my work online, I had a typical, but loose schedule of what I would do each day. About 7 days a week, I'd paint for a few hours in the day and a few hours at night. In between, I researched and networked on the web, did my normal home chores and tried to have a normal live in whatever free area there was. It was really at my own discretion how I organized my work and life and I was erradic, mostly working nonstop. Some days I didn't bother to eat and most of the time I never slept. I fell into bed around 4 and got up at 7 raring to paint. Money and responsibility motivated me, or so in only one aspect. And depending on how much I listed art would determine whether I'd get enough exposure of the piece to sell it and for how much. I fought the typical issues of web business to sell work. Sometimes art didn't sell for much or at all.
The concept that there was 'no time to lose' was the new force.
The force and requirements I put on myself weighed me down. I worked nonstop, talking about it nonstop and never taking a break to connect with my family and friends. ....and I ended up in the ER. Not only was I affecting my own health, but I began to disconnect from the real world and from those I loved the most. Those I truly did this for. I forgot to keep focus, and to remind myself that this wasn't the point of why I did this. Why I made art a business, instead of a hobby.
I lost the plot.
Sometimes making a living from our talents becomes a heavy weight that tears us down physically, emotionally and spiritually. How do we determine how to use our talents for monetary use?
DANGEROUS CREATION METHODS MUST STOP
If we want art to be our business and career, if we want to bring order to something erradic like art for business use, we have to do these things:
- Indentify why we must be in business with our art. Why are you pursuing an art career rather than doing it as a hobby? Do you NEED to sell your art? Do you have to change careers for sanity? Are you looking for something you think is going to be fun? You have to identify the pros and cons to this decision and research how this will work and if the sacrifices you make will be worth this. You have to remember that creating art and running a business are two of the most difficult things. You're taking on two very difficult works. You have to keep all of your financial and legal issues organized.
- Indentify our quirks and bad habits and eradicate them before they become a part of our working methods. If we do this, we can learn how to avoid them and create a more positive experience around creating work. You don't want to get stressed out, physically ill or hurt the people around you that matter. This isn't what life is about. This is now your job.
- Develop some schedule for everything like social networking, emailing, newsletters, blogging or working on art shows. Don't let it bleed into your everyday life or into your family time. It's not fair to those around you, whom you live your life with.
- Give yourself a break and disconnect. In order to keep from going insane from the heavy amount of work required to be successful at what we do, we need to totally disconnect from our work, from the web and technology. Spend time alone with your loved ones, with a book or doing menial things. Grounding yourself in reality reminds you where you want to be and keeps you from going too far. Sometimes this work disconnects us from reality and what we really want.
DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN.
We're not all going to be Andy Warhol.