CHASING A DREAM
Dreams are real. They form the basis for human development, creativity and evolution. Turning them into reality takes a little more effort than just hope. We all have dreams for the future. Goals that are ripe for achieving. Ever since we were born, we’ve wanted to impact the world in some way and stand out from the crowd. Every day we hope that someone will notice us and recognize us for some special achievement.
Changing your reality to fit your dreams is no simple task. Because reality is a ruthless tormentor, there will be few opportunities to take command. But if you take advantage of the few that exist and bar reality from within and without, there will be no stopping you. Put your idea into practice. Work towards achieving your goal, just dreaming is not enough. If you put the work in and do your best. You will see measurable results.
Remember, the first time you try you might not do it perfectly so don't over analyze your every action. Have fun and try not to get too caught up in achieving perfection. Even if you don't do well at all you can still have fun as long as you do your best.
Try hard and don't worry about looking stupid, you're probably going to make a fool of yourself the first time you try something, but as long as you brush it off and give your all you won’t be teased or stared at. You will be laughing all the way to the bank. There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing your dream. Don’t give up. Don't let yourself be discouraged by anything, whether someone is putting you down or your attempts aren't going as planned keep trying. As long as you're passionate about the dream you are attempting to put into action you should be able to keep going and push through the tough spots. Always keep in mind, you can do it!
The Business of Art
By Danielle Dayries 04/01/21: I was never quite certain why we call a guide to doing something well the "art of". After much pondering, I realized that art is more than just a painting, sculpture, performance, or another expression of emotion. Art involves a creative thought process, unique to each individual, which is articulated through fine-tuned techniques. We all have a bit of artist in our personality and daily lives.
With this thought process it is easy to see how art is present in several parts of our lives. Therefore, knowing that art can be transferred to business, then what about the opposite? What about the business of art?
Breaking the stereotype that a businessman is not artistic, we can also break the common thought process that artists can’t be business savvy. Great art does not have to come while you are hungry, struggling to make rent, and anxiously awaiting the next commission. In fact, maintaining a stable business will allow you to focus on your work rather than just making ends meet. Focusing your creative skills on not only your art, but also your company will allow you to be successful in the business of art.
Make a plan. Every successful business must start with a strong business plan, including an art business. When beginning a painting, drafting a story, or choreographing a piece, you always start with an idea, growing that thought into a plan before execution. Your business is not different. Several small business organizations host libraries of useful resources to assist you in drafting your business plan. This will help you stay on track to achieving necessary goals and allow you to creatively plan the paths you are going to take to meet these goals.
Get organized. It is time to break another stereotype. To be creative does not mean you have to be messy. To grow and maintain your business, you need to get organized. Keep track of business leads, finances, and daily business needs. Just as you plan time to work on your art, preparing the perfect setting to concentrate, set aside time to tend to business needs.
Explore other resources for income and grow your resume. Art does not have to be your only source of income, just like acrylic doesn’t have to be your only medium. You should explore other resources for income. These can even be art related and enhance your art. For example, if you are inspired by the outdoors, perhaps you could find a part time job as a natural tour guide. You also have an excellent opportunity to share your talents and train the next generation of artists through private or group lessons. Growing your business to more than just producing and selling art can not only increase your revenue stream, but also your resume.
Build your brand and make it known. As an artist, you have spent time building your individual style and you must do so for your business. How are you going to portray yourself and your art to consumers? As an entrepreneur, you not only represent your work, but also your business. Participate festivals, shows, and other events to showcase your art. Network with other artists, gallery owners, and potential customers. It is crucial that you put effort into marketing efforts. No matter how great your art is, your business will only be successful if others know about it.
You can have it all - pursuing your passions and building a successful business. Transferring your creative skills from your art to your business will ensure your success in mastering the business of art. As you master your business development skills, you will be prepared for the next article in our series, how to sell your art by becoming a marketer and merchant. Article source: