The Business Of Being An Artist: 5 Tips For Career Creatives
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As a creative professional, your craft is your currency. Just as a business offers a product or service in exchange for money, you as an artist are offering your talent in the same way.
As part of my mission to wipe out the romanticization of the whole “broke artist” narrative, part of my coaching is teaching artistic bad-asses such as yourself how to stop living paycheck to paycheck and start living a life of prosperity. The good news is that what I’m about to tell you is simple. The bad news is that in order to massively increase your chances of success, you need to consistently integrate these practices into your every day life. Your reputation compounds over time, and can be ruined in the blink of an eye.
Some bits of advice herein might seem obvious, but I promise you the little things are the foundation of making yourself stand out to the people who can open doors to opportunity.
Here are 5 things you can start doing today to start behaving as the successful artist/business you are destined to be.
- Be on time. There is one non-renewable resource in this world: people’s time. Show others how much you respect them and how much you appreciate taking moments out of their busy lives to talk to you. Don’t do this just for business meetings, but further reinforce this practice with friends and family members. The fashionably late thing is so passé; being punctual is the new black.
- Dress to the level you want to live. Until you’re rolling in Zuckerburg numbers, leave the hoodie at home. I’m not saying you have to wear a Brooks Brothers suit, but show up. Wear nice clothes that are pressed and cleaned. Groom yourself. Run a brush through your hair. Still show off your flair, the unique thing that makes you you, but bring it up a level by taking care of the details. Jeans with holes and faded t-shirts ain’t the thing, babe.
- Keep your word. This one requires you be impeccable with your word: make commitments you can keep, say “no” to events that are draining, don’t take meetings that you can’t make, be fiercely aware of your schedule and your calendar, set up a calendar system. If you have to break a commitment, let the other party know as soon as possible and don’t make excuses, just apologize for any inconvenience. And by the way…
- Don’t make excuses. Period. This is to yourself or to anyone else out there. When you start to own your circumstances and your results, you can get real clear on what’s working and what’s missing really fast. Every successful business owner skips over excuses and goes straight to solutions that create win-win-win situations for all parties involved. Follow suit.
- Have a mission, vision, value statement. Knowing who you are and what you stand for will keep you from experiencing market drift. Successful businesses know who they are and are sure of what they offer. This is important because you live in a world of so many distractions and you’ll encounter people with a lot of different opinions. Though feedback and learning are always important, it’s even more important to stay true to your core.
I believe that success is part dreaming/visualizing/believing in the magic, part strategy/preparation/hard work.
Once you start to combine the two, well, that’s when the world will know your name.
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