tag: career

the overlap between art I love to make and art I know will sell

making what you love vs what sells

March 22, 2010  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

The writer Steven Pressfield, author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, recently reflected on how he developed his business model. He drew two circles on a piece of paper, labeling one “Stories I love” and the other “Stores that might sell”. Where they overlapped, he…  read more

shut up and make art

March 11, 2010  in  Art as a profession related posts:, ,

Every once and a while I need to remind myself of something important. That the primary job of an artist is… to create art. It’s not marketing, social networking, nor applying for shows. My job is to sit in that studio, and sweating out new…  read more

the challenge of being a creative entrepreneur

March 01, 2010  in  Art as a profession related posts:

An excellent interview with a fellow artist/ketubah designer caused me to reflect on my own transition from a full-time creative director at a large corporation to being a full-time artist and entrepreneur. It’s tremendously challenging to work for yourself, but that challenge is exactly what…  read more

Surviving as an artist in a bad economy

March 05, 2009  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Sigh. Money sucks. Well, no, money is fine, just dandy in fact. It’s worrying about money that sucks. When I made the decision to become a self-employed artist, I knew that it would mean a lot of work. I was trading a decent, steady income…  read more

busy busy busy

January 28, 2009  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Because half of my business is related to weddings, the winter months are usually my slow period. It’s the time of year when all the busy work grinds down, and I have more time for taking photographs, or writing in my blog. But not this…  read more

Good financial advice for artists

February 11, 2008  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

John Scalzi, writer and blogger extraordinaire, posted some excellent financial advice geared towards new writers. So often people who give business advice artists come across as condescending or (worse) uninformed. (Did I ever tell you about the time I was in a business workshop for…  read more

sound of the new year flying by

January 04, 2008  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

It’s another new year. To borrow the wisdom of Douglas Adams: I love new years, I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. It has been an eventful year, and it feels like it is on the cusp of even more. It…  read more


September 28, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Gotta love this internet. I am constantly amazed at the positive impact it has on my life. From a business perspective, the internet is what lets me make a living from my art. Without it, it just wouldn’t be possible in the same way. And…  read more

the myth of the tortured artist

April 26, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:, ,

Our culture holds onto a myth that artists need to be filled with grief, stress and turmoil in order to create great work. That work that made about depressing topics is “better” or more serious that work made by happy, well-adjusted artists. But I don’t…  read more

the infrastructure of a creative life

April 05, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

I believe that the most creative act an artist can do is figuring out a way to give themselves the opportunity to create. It seems that the majority of my time goes not into making art, but into building and supporting the infrastructure of my…  read more

New Year’s Resolution

January 01, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:

My new year’s resolution is a simple one this year: to not base my sense of success on benchmarks established by other people. There are a lot of ideas out there about what makes an artist a “success” — gallery representation? Money? Fame? Artistic credibility?…  read more

The manufactured vs authentic artist

March 24, 2006  in  Art as a profession related posts:

Seth Godin has written an interesting essay on the difference between “manufactured” and “authentic”, which nicely illustrates a decision I had to face as a professional artist. I worked for many many years as a graphic designer, and even worked alongside Seth for a spell…  read more

Disney and Pixar

January 24, 2006  in  Art as a profession related posts:, ,

I find the news that Disney may acquire Pixar to be a little sad. This small, independent, and highly creative force will soon become just another “unit” in the animation division of a major corporation. It’s not that I think Disney’s a bad place —…  read more

Make a living from making art

January 19, 2006  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

When I quit my job to focus on my art full-time, I had a hard time finding any advice. Most people thought making a living from your art was an absurd goal — especially other artists. Here’s an example. I attended a roundtable hosted by…  read more