Friday, October 14, 2005

The Okay, I think I'm Ready To Be A Professional Artist Checklist by Sylvia White

Sylvia White publishes a website, Art Advice, with a series of articles designed to teach artists the skills they need to manage their own careers. I enjoyed reading her advice on the business of art and I hope you will too.
The Okay, I think I'm Ready To Be A Professional Artist Checklist by Sylvia White
Artists who regularly visit this website have acquired a lot of information on how to conduct their business practices. It's not easy trying to keep track of all the activities necessary to become a working professional artist particularly since most artists are just not suited for the day-to-day practical aspects of running a business.

Making art and making an art career are two different things. A lot of artists are already pressed for time, trying to fit their art making into daily lives that already juggle family, work and other commitments. But, each artist needs to understand that when looking at the whole picture of being an artist as a career, the actual art making is only one piece of a very complicated picture. Artists need to be willing to commit at least 30 minutes a day to their career development. If you can't manage 30 minutes a day, make it 30 minutes a week, it doesn't matter. What matters is that you are consistent and diligent about devoting this time, without exceptions, to the business of art. Just as financial managers have recognized that the slow steady saver, who puts away $5 per week since birth, is much better off than the 50 year old who starts saving $1000 per month. Your career assets will experience a better growth opportunity if you start early and remain constant.
If you need some ideas about how to spend your 30 minutes, try using this checklist as your guide. Checklist. © Sylvia White

Please visit Sylvia White at her website, Art Advice, career management for artists; share her insights into the world of art, and find what she offers at Contemporary Artist's Services.

Anne Marchand is a contemporary abstract painter whose studio is in Washington, DC. Her paintings have the power to inspire and nourish the human spirit. You can see her works at

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