If you think you have what it takes to become a professional artist, it is worth having an idea of what you need to expect as you get started on this career path. Most people who would like to become artists usually push getting started on this demanding but satisfying career path farther down the line due to some of the uncertainties involved. However, with the right plan you can be able to slowly transition from your current line of work to becoming a full-time artist with some reasonable level of stability.
Below we have come up with a list of some of the main aspects to consider when planning a jump into the exciting world of being an artist.
Most artists usually work freelance. According to available statistics, almost half of all creative artists are self-employed, working on short-term freelance contracts. This sort of work arrangement usually makes for varied and exciting projects that are bound to keep you fresh and interested. On the flip side, this also means that as an artist you have to also deal with regular periods of unemployment in between contracts.
Most artists usually have to self-promote their artwork in order to attract buyers and make sales. This is especially the case for beginners who are yet to find any other means of promoting their artwork. In most cases, artists usually promote their work online through various platforms including Facebook and other social media platforms as well as their own websites. As you can see, it would serve you well to be a little tech savvy especially when it comes running you own online self-promotion mechanism.
As previously noted, most people usually put off their plans of launching a career in art due to the uncertain nature of work, and income. As a beginner, it is important that you take the time to create a budget of your monthly expenses. This will help you make sure that you have enough to cover these expenses as you establish your art career.
Networking is an important aspect of being an artist. By attending networking events, you get the opportunity to create new connections and meet industry professionals. This helps you lay the necessary foundation needed to market your skills and work, especially as you continue learning the ropes.
Working Two Jobs
Many artists usually work two jobs so as to support themselves and still pursue their creative careers at the same time. Don’t be afraid of juggling a number of jobs in between painting projects.
When it comes to your dreams, the best time to start is always now. Use the above tips to lay the perfect foundation for a successful career as an artist.
Alvin A. Aquino
Alvin is a visionary poetic philosopher who seeks Enlightenment in life. Forging for a new way of understanding by sharing his personal experience and intuitive ideas for human development through creative pursuits.