10 Reasons Why Artists Starve.

Changing the Myth and Transforming from Artist into Creative Entrepreneur.

Anna Sabino
Jun 6, 2017 · 3 min read
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I’ve had my jewelry business for over a decade, it’s been successful since day one and yet everyone assumes I starve.

In the first years of my entrepreneurial path when I would attend networking events or talking with acquaintances, after hearing what I do, a conversation would continue like this:

“Let me pay for it”, a gentleman would offer to pay for the round of drinks assuming that buying a glass of wine was a lot for me. “So do you live in Greenpoint?” — he would then ask and would think: “and share a loft with 5 other people?” “No, in Greenwich Village. I own an apartment there.” — I’d answer. These were the beginnings of my creative career— I would get into detailed explanations, oversharing and convincing that I am able to support myself as an artist but now I just accept a free glass of wine and smile.

The fact that a lot of artists starve is not a myth. Even the most talented creatives can’t make it and here are 10 most common reasons why:

  1. They don’t test their products— forgetting that their opinion counts as 1, these creatives make things that they like, sometimes asking their family and friends for opinions but not expanding their testing reach beyond those who they know.

Do grab a copy of Jeff Goins’ book Real Artists Don’t Starve for some helpful tips for non-starving creatives.


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