Trying to feel like a “real” artist

So I’ve officially been a full-time artist for three months. Technically, I’m full-time but I don’t feel full-time yet. In the past few months, I’ve accessed a number of resources that will hopefully guide me on my journey.

This morning I was lucky enough to have a one-hour coaching session with creativity coach Quinn McDonald. So many ideas were generated in that hour. I’ve always been stuck on the idea that as an artist, you had to show that your product met a customer’s need. It was the word “need” that got me.

Quinn framed it differently – she asked me what opportunities or possibilities my work could provide for people. That made a lot more sense to me, as it was an approach that seemed more creative and less sales-ish. It’s those little nuggets that can really get things moving for me.

Tomorrow I will attend my second meeting of the Artist’s Learning Circle, hosted by the Vermont Women’s Business Center. From the VWBC website:

Artists’ Learning Circles are an informal, fluid gathering of artists who meet to help and support each other through the challenges unique to artists as business people. All are welcome. FREE; facilitated by VWBC staff; no pre-registration required – just show up.

I think that the fact the group exists is just fabulous. I’m not someone who can just sit in her studio all day, happily making books ’til the cows come home.

I need to talk to people.

I have a mouth on me, let me tell you. It was this mouth of mine that got me roped into doing a presentation tomorrow on how blogging can benefit artists. At the last meeting I attended, I talked about using social media as a cost-effective way to reach out to and gain customers. The group facilitator sent me a follow-up Email asking if I could talk more about blogging.

The timing of this couldn’t be better as I’m just 2 days away from my one-year blogiversary. I think it’s good to look back and see what this blog has given to me.

After I finish my presentation for tomorrow.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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