It’s easy to imagine, when someone tells you they’re an artist, that they must be struggling financially. Beyond the talent it takes for someone to produce art, it’s the lack of financial stability that most people think of. This is neither healthy nor accurate. An artist can both create art and pay the rent. If you have been struggling to make this happen for some time now, perhaps this advice can help you.
Sure you will never produce a Picasso, and you shouldn’t. Your style should be all your own, whether it’s with the brush or the chisel or any other medium. You have probably encountered many works that you thought were not particularly good, but the artist sells more than you do. One factor that contributes to that is their uniqueness. Talent is not everything in this trade; you have to produce work that is distinctly your own. When one or two clients develop a liking for your style, your business may just take off.
Depending on how you look at it, you may or may not agree that mastery matters in art. What is important, however, is that you keep learning. So if you can, get that degree. Become an apprentice. Learn to use all the tools in your trade, from the simplest chisel to the mechanised CNC tools, an expert from Stonegatetooling.com advised. You can even learn to use a computer program for creating digital art. The more you know, the more opportunities open for you.
Be Open to Opportunities for Learning
It is not uncommon for an artist to accept house painting jobs, or to look for odd jobs online. Especially if you are only starting a career, you may have to accept these jobs to make enough money so you can keep producing art. If you have the passion for it, teach. This is where your master’s degree can serve you well. It is better to do something on the side that has anything at all to do with your art, than force yourself to do something you cannot stand, like waiting tables or babysitting, although such jobs are ways to make ends meet.
Lastly, learn to market by connecting with other artists and art enthusiasts. It’s possible to make enough money to live rather well, whilst doing what you love. It may take some time and dedication, but whatever is worth it always does.