The last few weeks I have been looking at how much work it actually is to be an artist. Some people might have the idea that it is all creating – spending time in your studio, creating your next piece of art while you enjoy a glass of wine and listen to some classical music or something. While I do get to create art (less the wine for me, thank you), there is a lot more to it than that.
Once you create a piece of art, you have to find a way to sell it. One way to do this is art shows, which you have to find and submit your work and pictures of your tent set up to be accepted. That means you need to buy a tent. Once you buy it you have to be able to set it up. I had a simple one, but I saw another kind I liked the looks of more. So a couple of weeks ago I bought the new tent and I can tell you, we have spent hours trying to figure out how to put it together. And it weighs like 150 lbs!
Then there is all of the promotion. A website, social media, handing out invitations, sending out postcards, putting together press kits to send out to designers. So, as you can see, being an artist is like anything else in life – you have to work hard at it to be successful. You have to treat it like any entrepreneur treats their company. But you know, I can’t imagine doing anything else! 🙂
I hope you will come out and see me at my next upcoming show in Dunedin. Click here to learn more about when and where.