Maria / April 2nd, 2014 / business of art, Personal

Calling Your Own Shots; the Freedom of being a Creative Entrepreneur

Calling Your Own Shots; the Freedom of being a Creative Entrepreneur

 

One of the advantages of being an artist and working for ourselves is that we get to call the shots on how, when and where we will work. 

The only limitations that we have are those that we place

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Maria / December 1st, 2013 / business of art

Where the Money is Hiding and the Thriving Artist Summit

Where the Money is Hiding and the Thriving Artist Summit

In 2008, when everyone was hit hard by the recession, Drew and I were still going strong with our business of selling and licensing art.

But our revenues gradually started to decline, as many of our best clients and licensees, …

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Maria / November 13th, 2013 / Art Marketing, business of art, Entrepreur

How to Get Over your Fear of Making Sales Calls – For Creative Entrepreneurs

How to Get Over your Fear of Making Sales Calls - For Creative Entrepreneurs

Many of the creative entrepreneurs that I consult with have trouble making calls to customers, galleries and agents.  They fear rejection and being told “no” so much so, that they avoid the process of getting new business altogether.

I’m going …

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Maria / September 22nd, 2013 / business of art

Five Magic Words that will Transform an Artist into a Powerful Business Person

Five Magic Words that will Transform an Artist into a Powerful Business Person

If I had a dollar for every time an artist said to me “I don’t have a business mind,” I’d be posting this while lounging on my yacht off the Mediterranean Coast right now!

Anyone can develop the basics of

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Maria / August 18th, 2013 / business of art, Deal Making, Murals, Pricing

Art Business Answers – Should You Send a Sketch to a Client Before Payment

Art Business Answers - Should You Send a Sketch to a Client Before Payment

An artist recently asked:

Should I email a client a sketch for their mural, before I’m paid anything?  I worry they will take it to another artist and use it.  Should I send it with a contract?

This …

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Maria / July 16th, 2013 / business of art, Entrepreneur

How to Handle a Friends Request for Free Digital Art

How to Handle a Friends Request for Free Digital Art

A reader sent me this email, asking for help:
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“An old friend asked if they could use one of my painting images for his company’s website and newsletters.  He’s a nice guy, and I want to be generous.  But…. …

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Maria / June 19th, 2013 / art licensing, business of art, Written Agreements

Should You Send Your Art Images to a Company in China?

Should You Send Your Art Images to a Company in China?

One of my readers asked: 

A company from China saw my art online and loved it!   They asked me to send 3 images they can print on fabric.  They promise to pay me royalties when the fabric sells.

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Maria / May 16th, 2013 / art licensing, business of art, Deal Making, licensing

Five Steps to Closing a Deal – Artist’s Trade Show Follow Up

Five Steps to Closing a Deal - Artist's Trade Show Follow Up

(Artwork by the wonderful, fun and talented Sara Jane Franklin.  Check out her blog here!)

When Drew and I started showing his art at trade shows, the mission was to generate interest from publishers so that we could license Drew’s …

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Maria / April 1st, 2013 / Art Marketing, business of art

One easy tool that will create brand awareness for artists

One easy tool that will create brand awareness for artists

Have you ever seen a painting that you liked, but you couldn’t figure out who painted it?

Sometimes I’ll see a beautiful poster that an artist created for a company, or a painted object, but without a legible name or …

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Maria / February 22nd, 2013 / business of art

An Open Letter to Jeremy Scott – Did you Rip Off Artist Jim Phillips? How to make it right.

An Open Letter to Jeremy Scott - Did you Rip Off Artist Jim Phillips?  How to make it right.

GRAPHICS CREDIT:  This photo-collage came from the WE BRING JUSTICE BLOG.  Thanks for the graphic and for bringing attention to this matter!

Santa Cruz, California has a passionate bunch of surfers and skaters in its community.  And they

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Maria / February 10th, 2013 / Creativity, Personal, Philosophy

How Taking an Adventure can grow your Business

How Taking an Adventure can grow your Business

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

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Maria / January 14th, 2013 / business of art, Creativity, licensing

How to Achieve a High Value Goal in 6 Steps

How to Achieve a High Value Goal in 6 Steps

 

“Most people spend more time writing up their grocery list then they do planning out their life.” Gary Ryan Blair,  The Goals Guy

In the past, goal setting stressed me out; the thought of not completing them, that …

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