There are people who succeed and people who do not succeed at what they do. What makes a person successful? All successful people share some of the same qualities. Successful people are self-driven, self -reliant, self-confident, passionate, optimistic, and patient. Here are 6 starving artist myths to ignore if you are planning to start an art business.
6 Starving Artist Myths To Ignore
1. I will not enjoy creating art if I sell it because it will feel like a job.
I have heard many times that “I would love to make money from my art, but I don’t want it to feel like a job.” This statement has always confused me. The question is, “Do you or do you not want to sell your art?” If you do want to sell your art, then yes it is a job. You have to treat it like a job if you would like to succeed.
2. If I sell my art, then I will be a sellout.
A sellout is defined as selling an entire stock of something. I can guarantee that if you asked one hundred artists if they would like to sell every piece of art that they have on hand, the answer would be yes. There is no problem with creating art as a pastime or a hobby, but if you want to sell your art, you cannot fall into the “sellout” mentality.
3. If I create great art, it will sell on its own.
Many artists believe that if they create great art, it will just sell on its own. No matter how good your art is, it will not sell if nobody knows that it exists. You need to put your art in front of the right people for it to sell.
4. Artists are not good business people.
Artists that make money are excellent business people. Any artist that makes a living selling their art knows the business inside and out. They know how to promote themselves online and offline. They have excellent time management skills, goals, and develop plans that will lead them towards their goals.
5. Marketing makes a person dishonest.
Marketing is the action of promoting and selling products. Marketing does not make a person honest or dishonest. Marketing your art is only showing your art to as many people as you can. If you are an honest person and people like your style, they will buy your art because they trust you. As an artist, you have to build a collectors trust for them to make a purchase. You will not build their confidence if you are dishonest.
6. My art is not good enough.
This is one of the biggest roadblocks many artists share. They believe that if there does not sell quickly, it is because their art is not sufficient. Because your art does not sell quickly does not mean that your art is not good enough. The main reason art does not sell is that the right people have not seen it yet.
Selling art is much more that creating art, it is operating a business. You can become a successful artist. All you need to do is be patient, stay driven and keep learning. The only thing that will prevent you from reaching your dreams is yourself. Stay away from these starving artist myths, they will only keep you from reaching your dreams.