Category: Creative resources

I can’t be organized! I’m an ARTIST!

There is a long-standing stereotype that creative people are not organized or productive; that our minds don’t work that way and that if we add structure to our day it will hinder our artistic process. Schedules and calendars are for analytical types, not creatives. You can’t plan to be creative it has to happen—when inspiration strikes.

But… what if being organized and managing time well was a good thing?

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If you have considered selling your art online chances are you’ve come across Fine Art America. At first glance it looks like the perfect place: very low upfront costs, lots of ways to print, money back guarantee for buyers, and they handle printing, packing and shipping. The only problem is, not all artists are making money on Fine Art America. In fact, many aren’t.

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When it comes to being creative, do professional tools matter? Those [evil] marketing people want us to think so! But a lot of times what our creative work needs to improve isn’t a shiny new gadget. A recent conversation brought up the topic of photography tools. In order to claim the title of “professional” do you really need “professional” tools? If you’re good at what you do, how much do professional tools matter?

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Are you making money on Fine Art America? Or on RedBubble or Society6? Lots of sites offer convenient print on demand sales and all of them have tons of artists trying to make some money doing what they love. Many people think it’s not possible to sell art on websites like these because there’s too much competition. The market is saturated and there isn’t room for more. That’s partially true, but there is room for more. You can sell your work and you can make money. I do.

I’ve heard from fellow artists that they’d like to know how I sell my work on Fine Art America so I’m going to spill the beans and share what I do. This is the first of [probably] two posts on the topic because there’s a lot of info.

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Who out there hasn’t experienced a creative slump? At some point every creative ends up facing a creative block. We can’t keep it  from happening, but we can learn to cope effectively with it when it does. Otherwise, it’s too easy to fall into the head games and that can have serious setbacks. The strategies below have all worked for me and although the examples are specific to photography the same strategies can work for all creatives.

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I began my first business a long time ago. Before blogging, social media, and smartphones were the business tools they are today. Many people don’t know this about me, but my first business was designing wedding flowers. For seven years (together with my mom) I owned and operated an event and floral design studio in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I loved it. I was good at it. And eventually I closed it which broke my heart. This is the story of how it began and the events that led to the closing.

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“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss

Are you weird? I’m a little weird. There’s this definition of ‘normal’—a path I was supposed to follow but couldn’t. Maybe you feel the same way? Does what you are ‘supposed’ to do feel right? Or have you had that gut feeling that was hard to ignore? That knowing that there has to be something more. Let’s embrace our weirdness.

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In the fall of 2011 I began my Masters in photography. Last week I completed it. If I could go back in time these are 10 things I would say to myself beginning my MFA.

There will be times when  you’ll want to quit—I guarantee it. You’ll question yourself. A lot. You’ll question your skills. A lot. You will feel like everyone else is a better photographer and that you’re an imposter. It’s okay, it’s all part of the process. It’s likely that your goals will change as you develop your skills. That’s part of the process, too.

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It’s true, there are a lot of photographers these days. To say that the market is competitive is one heck of an understatement. But the number of marketing resources available make it possible for the business-savvy photographer to get noticed even in a sea of others. You just have to be intentional in your efforts. So, in light of my third year at Social Media Marketing World this week, I want to share 5 awesome (and free) marketing tools for artists and photographers. AND I’m also including a little extra bonus at the end that isn’t free but it’s super affordable.

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In today’s exceedingly visual world images and videos are everywhere. Social media, advertisements, entertainment—it’s become the most important form of communication. Images allow us to convey information more quickly (and sometimes better) than the written word. We even use emojis to say things via text messages! So if photographers are fluent in visual, what’s the point of writing a blog?

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