Being a Professional Artist is a "real job," even if...

  • You also do most of the laundry at your house.
  • You are not the primary breadwinner.
  • You make more money from teaching art than from art sales.
  • You are also the primary carer for your children.
  • You are not represented by major galleries.
  • You had to get a "day job" to make ends meet.
  • You specialize in something traditionally feminine, like florals.
  • You don't see yourself as a business person.
  • Your family doesn't see you as a business person.
  • You focus on community or collaborative projects.
  • You didn't go to art school.
  • You love what you do and it doesn't always feel like work. 
  • Your family also counts on you to make dinner.
  • You sell most of your work on commission and don't have enough time to develop your practice.
  • You haven't won, or even thought about applying for, an arts grant.
  • You work in a medium associated with "craft" (e.g. fibre arts, ceramics).
  • You don't know how to or don't want to build a website.
  • You'd like to spend all of your time in the studio and none of your time doing paperwork.
  • You don't have a support team to help you with your business.
  • You are a woman.

It's time to accept that being an artist is "real work" that provides something of value to the world. Building a supportive team that believes in you and understands the complex life of a working artist will help you to succeed. It will give you the confidence to manage your business and make time for what matters most to you.

Let me help you see your work and its value in a new way. When you change your view, others will too!

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Sue Contini

Also hat-doffing! Wise words…


So very very true!
Thanks for writing this

Jennifer Caie

That was a super accurate article
You don’t need to write back
I am simply nodding my approval
Doffing my hat to your words

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