"Thankfully the Internet has made it easier than ever to bring attention to your art form, if you know how to use it to your advantage."
Co-Published: BeYourArt.com and The North Shoreian Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 7, Practicalities of the Surviving Artist, September 2009. Article written by Christine Stoddard.
The “starving artist” cliché exists for a reason: no matter what kind of artist you are—actor, writer, painter, singer, photographer, dancer, etc.—earning a living is a struggle. Regardless of your talent and experience, which school you attended, or where you took an apprenticeship or internship, you will have to market yourself in order to sell your art. In fact, self-promotion is perhaps the most important way to turn your artistic passion into a full-fledged career. Thankfully the Internet has made it easier than ever to bring attention to your art form, if you know how to use it to your advantage. Read more…
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Co-Published: BeYourArt.com and The North Shoreian Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 6, Practicalities of the Surviving Artist, July/August 2009. Article written by Diane Leon.
I love reading about how people make choices, define what success is, and commit to something in life that is meaningful. Sometimes what you really want is not what will make the most money, but what fulfills you. What if you have always wanted to create art as a professional or teach art? Do you ignore those dreams in pursuit of monetary success? How many people can really devote all their time and energy to the creative process and actually pay the bills? Are they considered less successful? Read more…
Classic Electric Guitar
Co-Published: BeYourArt.com and The North Shoreian Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 4, Practicalities of the Surviving Artist, July 2009. Article written by Kevin Lee.
For a beginning musician, the world is your oyster… if you have the cash. Most of us don’t; so, for those on a limited budget, I’ll offer suggestions on putting together a top-notch home recording studio for around $300.
PC users will find a wide variety of sound editing programs available both online and in stores such as Guitar Center. The hard part is figuring out which one is right for you. There are freeware programs, such as Audacity, which will provide basic-level support for beginner musicians, all the way up to the professional-grade Pro Tools. For those who are looking for near studio grade sound on a budget, one would have to turn to a program like Acoustica Mixcraft 4. This sound recording/editing program gives the PC user a great deal of creative liberty. Read more…
By Kimberly Prosa
Co-Published: BeYourArt.com and The North Shoreian Magazine, Home And Garden Issue, Volume 2, Issue 3, Practicalities of the Surviving Artist, April 2009.
Despite the popular notion that one must be a “starving artist” in order to reach their full potential in their artistic pursuits, the practicality is that this is not only untrue but impossible in today’s economy. It is necessary to achieve some level of stability, both financially and emotionally, in order to really put those artistic dreams into action. As a working artist, it is essential to formulate a plan for financially meeting your needs until your art becomes self-supporting. From experience, I know achieving financial stability provides for improving your overall quality of life, which contributes to artistic productivity. Your additional income doesn’t have to come from a job you despise. With a little effort, you can find a career to supplement your income that is flexible, financially lucrative, and maybe even a little fulfilling and artistic in itself. Read more…