A year ago I decided it was time for some serious improvements when it came to my career as an artist – to focus, to analyse my situation in order to become more strategic, to get better organized and to set deadlines to really get somewhere. In a fairy tale I would by now be fantastically successful (the prince would have come and changed it all over night). But life isn’t a fairy tale – in real life it takes some time before you see the result of hard work. Persistence, you know.
To me, the year of my Art as Business series has been immensely helpful; I’ve been thinking things through, I’ve set and met deadlines – and above all I’ve gotten better organized and really started to say NO to projects that wouldn’t lead anywhere and to much of the voluntary work I used to do for artists’ organization before. I do not take commissions or teach art classes without getting a good pay – and above all I VALUE MY TIME MORE.
This Autumn I will have two separate exhibitions (October, November), I will give some workshops in connection to one of the exhibitions, I will give some screen printing workshops and guest teach a full week (gotten more days this year), and I will coordinate some art seminars and networking days. My calendar is full until December (of course I also scheduled concentrated work in the studio) and I will have enough incomes to manage until at least February (December-February = studio work). If something else turns up it has to be damn good for me to squeeze it in.
Compared to a year ago I would say I’ve moved up a level and I’ve gotten extra abilities and knowledge. I’ve also learned that to concentrate on getting more public commissions will not be my way… [update in September: I got a public commission. Note to self: patience!]
I will continue with my Art as Business Series, but in a different way. There will be more interviews and I will make an effort to write about the very sensitive and difficult subject “networking as an artist”. But above all I would like to know if there is something special you would like me to write about?