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Keep The Wheel Turning

Being an artist is also a business. One which involves admin; finances, emails, scheduling, logistics, socializing and promotion....


When starting down this path, this is a daunting and alien concept. When you actually get the motivation to step into this other world, and you really should if you want to be successful as an artist, it can take a very long time to find your rythm with it...


Where do you start? How much time and energy should I spend? How many events do I need to go to and how many people do I need to meet?


Honestly you only find out the answers to these by doing them enough you figure out what is best for you - there's almost as many business models for being an artist as there are artists themselves...


Try lots out. Fail often. Learn and then move to the next thing. There will be some time at the start where you are only doing business for months at a time, however once your past that, always keep that creative wheel turning...


Ultimately the business side of things is there to facilitate the creative - there is a hierarchy. However you create, whatever rythm and process that entails, the business needs to fit around it...


Keep the wheel turning, put it at the center - make it your anchor that everything else is shaped from...


Don't get lost in the networking opps, the shop admin, the promo strategy and social engagement so much that you forget to do the actual making...


Remember your impetus, don't do things for the wrong reasons and don't get swept up in the complexity of running a business...


Take a moment, and simplify - do the work, show people the work, in that order...


Keep your creative momentum going. Keep your wheel turning.


By Leonardo Da Vinci

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