How to Ensure You’re Never a Starving Artist

(Part 1)

You’re an Artist. You have something special to share with the world that will better it. You’ve known this since being a child. Yet you’re spending 70% of your time doing other jobs. I’m sure those are all honorable professions but you know they aren’t the jobs you should be doing. So why are you doing them? The common answer to that question is — So I don’t starve and I can pay my bills.

The next question I have for you is this: Why isn’t your art feeding you and paying your bills? The usual answer to that question is — You and your art isn’t being bought by others.

So how about we remedy this all-too-common tragedy, starting right here with this blog. Deal?

Every artist has a beginning to his or her career. For instance, the highest paid actor today, who makes more than 43 million a movie, started with a few hundred bucks he borrowed from a family member. A mother of three who was working 17 hour days — running the local theater company, teaching acting classes, busting her butt to pay the mortgage, etc. — won Best Supporting Actress at 42 years old and today has all the income and more she needs. One of the richest people in the world today was once living on welfare before her first book was published.

So what is the one common denominator of all the above? THESE ARTISTS LEARNED HOW TO SELL THEMSELVES AND THEIR ART TO OTHERS. They realized it wasn’t enough to just create their art. They learned how to get others to buy what they created.

Now, let’s ensure you can do this as well, starting with this vital step:

The original meaning of the word, “sales” meant, “to lend a hand”. When you’re selling to someone, you’re helping him or her with something. In other words, you’re offering something that betters their life.

If you’re not helping them with something, you aren’t staying true to the essence of “sales”. We all know sales people who violated this meaning and sold something which didn’t help. They have given this vital process of helping others a negative association. All that needs to be learned from those people is what not to do. Our focus is entirely on how we help others with sales.

Here is the most important question I have for you in this blog — How do you and your art help people live better lives?

Write every point down specifically. For example, your art may turn someone’s bad day into a great day. Or it may get someone to realize something life-changing that puts them on a new course of living, etc. This is very important to know for your future as a Professional Artist so be specific and thorough. Ask others, as well, how you and your art has helped them. Again, get it all written down specifically (you will be reviewing this list often in the future for the next step I cover).

My next blog on Saturday, June 13th, will communicate the most important next tool you need on selling yourself and your art. Until then, work out exactly how you and your art helps others and do so everyday.

Email me if you have any questions at — artsmarteb@gmail.com

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