An Art Career Roadmap Guide for You
The Journey That Is Your Art Career
We’re each on a journey in our lives and careers. Having a practical guide to point the way helps. The Fine Art Career Roadmap ebook is designed to assist you in mapping a workable, profitable art career path. Use it to tour the possibilities and pinpoint the best options for you. My goal in creating it is to stimulate your thinking about the varied aspects of a successful art career and how they apply to you.
The ebook started as a mind map but soon evolved into something more elaborate. The ebook format provides the space to publish individual pages for the main concepts such as traditional marketing, online marketing, goals, branding, and so forth. It made adding granular details to each major topic possible. Plus, you now have room for your comments, doodles, thoughts, and notations.
When You Get the Download You Will Receive a Free Email Series of Art Marketing Lessons Based on the Fine Art Career Roadmap Subjects.
Go to bdavey.co/getmap to receive your PDF download of the Fine Art Career Roadmap. You will receive short emails about topics of interest you see on the download. It is an ongoing series and a work-in-progress. As such, I can’t say how many lessons in the series. We’ll keep going as long as there are interest and something to talk about with you.
How Does Your Work Get to Market?
Do you have a formal marketing plan? Alternatively, do you skip around trying a little of this and a little of that? In the email series, we’re going to cover practical ways to help you get on track with your career planning.
No matter what you are currently doing, you can improve how you plan to get your work to market. It’s always about seeking the best, most profitable ways to sell your art. Otherwise, why do it? Right? Unless it’s your hobby, or you’re running a charity, you must get your mind right with your marketing.
The reality is although efficient marketing is the key to success, many artists find it a challenge and as such don’t work at it with consistency. It’s easy to understand why. Blame it on what Buddhists call “Monkey Brain” or the left brain, right brain theory. If you find making art more fun than marketing art you should not feel alone. If art career success is important to you, please don’t let what others aren’t doing be your excuse to avoid marketing.
Too Much to Do. Not Enough Time to Do It All
No one has time to do it all. Just review all the options on the Fine Art Career Roadmap. I’ve yet to find an artist who is working all the angles and suggestions shown on it. The best method is to pick those things that offer the most significant benefit to you. They may be different from the tools and marketing efforts you are currently using.
Suggestions for Using Your Ebook
Expand your thinking and your options with a mind map program. Pick one that will work for you. I used the MindMup software to make the mind map you see here. It formed the basis of the ebook. Other mind map software I have used with success include Xmind and The Brain. There are others. Find the one you like to use.
Using a pencil and paper is also an option. Play around with what you are using. Watch some tutorials, if available. Download the free Fine Art Career Roadmap Ebook and print it. It’s a PDF so it will work fine on standard printing paper.
Hone in on a few categories, or specific items from a category, and start adding them to your mind map. At this point, you are not concerned about what is your top priority. You want to flesh out as many worthwhile possibilities as you can. You can work on ranking them or deleting those you know you won’t use later. Get your spouse, partner, friends, and fellow artists, to review what you’ve done and add more options.
Get Going and Pump Up Your Excitement
If you have taken to heart that this mind mapping exercise will help you, then go with that feeling of hope and optimism that comes from knowing you are steering onto the right path. Remember how that feels. You’ll want to find ways to renew and re-energize how you felt at that moment. I think working on capturing and applying your best intentions with enthusiasm is as important as having a plan.
Tap into your thoughts about making things happen as never before. Overlay your thoughts with the belief that you can achieve what you set out to do. Don’t let doubt set in. Look around at who is making success and take in the realization there is nothing about what they are doing that you can’t do better.
Pick Your Top Two or Three Best Options and Get Moving to Start Making Money
Most of us, myself included, are nearly always trying to do too much. It’s hard to ignore those things that feel important, but aren’t really a top priority. Those urges to do more are your fantasy life trying to kick down the door of your practical side. We must fight this inner monster. It’s a career killer. You can’t do it all… at least not all at once. No one can. So, you’ve got to choose.
The point of doing this exercise is to start applying the marketing tools, techniques, and options that offer you the best return now. It is different for everyone. You want to get something going that will give you a cash flow infusion now, and that can be duplicated to keep the flow going.
Nothing beats the feeling of success you get from growing confidence that your marketing operations are set to deliver a steady income to you. At this point, you’re looking for repeatable small wins to start. Bringing in sales and boosting your outlook for your career. These become the stepping stones to bigger things.
A Reminder to Get the Download – You Will Also Get a Free Email Series of Lessons about the Entries on the Fine Art Career Roadmap
Go to bdavey.co/getmap to receive your PDF download of the Fine Art Career Roadmap. You will receive some short emails about topics of interest shown in the ebook. The email series is a work-in-progress. As such, I can’t say how many lessons in it. We’ll keep going as long as there are interest and something to talk about with you.