Well into the new year and still not feeling like a rock star? Here are three things to always implement when trying to further your art career!
First step into creating more success in your career in 2017 is networking. Networking may seem like an obvious pick for the top of our list, but it is more about the HOW than the WHAT, in this case.
In the industry, you will meet many people, or at least you should and how you interact is very important. Attend relevant events that help you grow, expand and become more involved. Examples of these are, gallery openings, special art event nights the city you live in may put on, or shows where you display your art work.
Bringing your social life into your job is also important. Networking is not something that happens Monday through Friday. If you are serious about being more successful, you need to look at every opportunity to network. This does not mean that an artist should tirelessly talk about themselves and their art, but be aware of connections that could be made in the least likely of places.
Networking better is the key. We all know how to introduce ourselves at this point, hand out a business card and make sure we ask the person why they are attending the event, but there is more that needs to be done!
Get to know three people well at an industry event, instead of madly passing out cards and filling the business card quota. Talk with a few people and get to know them. Make sure you walk away knowing their name, face and minor story. Find a common interest within the industry or out of it, ensuring a stronger bond that will cultivate long lasting business connections.
Don't Write a Long List
Second step to creating a more successful 2017 is, not writing a list!
8% of people achieve a new year’s resolution or goal. Instead pick your top 5 and take time writing out a more descriptive plan of how to meet your goals.
For example, if a goal is to expand your reach as an artist and allow more people to view your work, you need to start with your budget, time constraints and most importantly your target audience. Money well spent, is money that is thoughtfully invested within your career, some choices to expand are not always the best ones.
Third step to art career success is redefine accountability because it is a downfall of many plans unfinished. The first two steps will mean nothing if someone does not follow through with a plan. Do not just make goals or plans; hold yourself and those around you involved with your career, accountable. Check in, be protective about staying on track, and do not let life get in the way often. Life will always be there, it may never be the right time in your personal life, but the world keeps on moving without you, meaning lost opportunities. Redefine what makes you a dependable person in the professional world; It is a great way to manage your expectations for the year.
Every break through requires a bold stroke. Be proactive and determined to become a part of that 8%
A good question to ask yourself is, "Why should people work with me?" This is a hard yet hidden truth most business professional ask themselves when a potential client comes walking in the door with a proposal for business. Be compelling, make them realize you are worth investing in. Once involved in a project, don’t justify why you could not make a meeting or hit a deadline, be accountable and responsible for your career and future.
A determined and focused mindset ensures success in achieving goals within your career. Look at some pitfalls and un-achieved goals over the years and then look at why they may have happened. Empower yourself and your career by using knowledge you already have and tools you have obtained, in a new way. Artists need to market themselves as much as their art work!
The Siskiyou Violins are a collection of the most talented young violinists from Southern Oregon and Northern California. Last night I went to their concert at the Craterian Theater in Medford, Oregon and was amazed at the skill and composure of these talented young musicians.
I am not the only one who has high praise for these gifted musicians, Festival Artistic Director, Dr. Lawrence Sutherland, Music Professor Emeritus at a California State University campus wrote this about the Siskiyou Violins after they performed at Carnegie Hall: "Carnegie Hall has not heard much like this. The nuance, musicianship, and feeling in the ensemble is really, really amazing! This is exactly the kind of music making that is not done by people of your age....You have a great leader."
"It's absolute MAGIC! The attention to detail - the nuance, the bow control, pitch, dynamics. It all comes together to provide a thrilling, musical experience. All the musicians are totally involved in the music making - and with tremendous JOY. My admiration knows no bounds for this group and their director."
(Adjuticator 2, Dr. Lawrence Sutherland Music Professor Emeritus at a California State University campus, Score 99)
The group became an independent 501 (c)(3) Nonprofit organization in 2009 and depends on our support to bring great music to the world and to make it possible for talented young local violinists to follow their dreams. Despite just starting up 4 months ago and not yet being profitable, Art Storm, LLC has donated $100 to the Siskiyou Violins to support the arts in our community. Next year our goal will be at least $1,000 and we hope to provide support for many other local art projects, including support for the arts in our public schools.
Here is a link to the Siskiyou Violins homepage as well as some videos that show off their amazing talents...