Measuring Success in an Art Career

Fame, fortune, museums, private collections, critical acclaim and awards are the measures we think of most often. However, when it comes to your art career, the only measure that truly matters is your personal yardstick.

rulerFor visual artists, there are numerous methods of measuring success. Fame, fortune, museums, private collections, critical acclaim and awards are the ones we think of most often. However, when it comes to your art career, the only measure that truly matters is your personal yardstick.

Others can weigh in with their two cents worth of opinion, but the artist, the creator is the only one who can really define what is the meaning of success to them in their careers. You might have a full buy-in on all the above attributes, or you may have no need for any of them. If you are comfortable in your own skin with how you make your art and what happens to it afterwards insofar as how it gets to market, then that is all that really matters.

Art Print Issues is a business blog for visual artists.

As a business blog, it’s purpose is to help readers learn about new ways to advance their art careers. Nevertheless, as the author of those posts, I can completely relate to those artists who have made the choice to quietly make without pursuing fame, fortune, or even making a living through the effort.

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For some, making a career out of what they love doing is a perfect way to ruin a great hobby. I give some examples of how this is works for some very talented people in my book, How to Profit from the Art Print Market. I also talk about how their is no bad choice and go over the difference between being a full-time, part-time or hobbyist. There are good reasons for each of these choices. You can read the details in Chapter One, which is available for a free download. Click here to download your copy.

The How to Profit from the Art Print Market 2nd edition went to the printer Saturday.

After many months and countless hours, it was exciting to get the book into final form and know that in about 10 days it will be shipping the first copies. The timing got behind a couple of days, but unless bad weather holds up the bulk delivery to me it will be in the hands of all who ordered early before the holidays.

Artists and the arts are important drivers in their local economy, they need to know and live it.

Besides talking about how to jump the barriers to making a living as an artist, Ariane talked about how the arts make a community better and how artists can and should take pride in their work and in the tangible assets a viable arts community brings to their local community.

If we can take this message and get artists thinking about the importance of what they do and how it impacts their local economy and quality of life, we will accomplish greater goals than uplifiting art careers, which is no small potatoes in its own right. I hope to see you on board with smARTist in January.

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Barney Davey

I help artists and photographers find buyers, sell more art and operate profitably.

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