All posts tagged: art

Why speed is the skill I’m most dedicated to improving

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Creativity / Motivation / Productivity

Nathan was a guy at school who always finished his homework hours before everyone else. I went to an English boarding school, and they’d put twelve boys in the same room to do homework (prep) every evening. Nathan would race through his work so that he had time to read his beloved novels. I’d look over at him nose-deep in the latest Sebastian Faulks (no joke, we were thirteen), while I fumed, toiling over my essay. […]

The Freezer

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Motivation / Personal Development / Productivity

The freezer. It’s a stretch of time. It’s a way of thinking. It’s a point on a path. Most are familiar with it; many are moving out of it, and a few have long since left. You’re in the freezer when you: Are reacting, rather than creating. Don’t believe you can make money doing work you love. Don’t move. Do work that bores you. Consume more than you produce Don’t have enough money to relax into […]

What Karaoke Teaches Us About Making an Impact With Our Art

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Adding Value / Creativity / Remarkability

At a Karaoke bar, you choose your favourite song and sing over a backing track awkwardly. You might be a little tipsy, you might feel shy, and you might be joined by raucous friends. As you relax, you find the words flow better, and your voice glides over the melody. Eventually, you might start to get creative, adding more of your own flavour to the tune. Read More

Why Motivated Creatives Think Like Andy Warhol

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Creativity / Inspiration / Productivity

“The minute you’re satisfied with where you are, you aren’t there anymore.” — Tony Gwynn A sustainable business is a growing business, not a static one. This might seem like a simple concept, but it is an idea that most business owners do not consider. To stand out, to continue to earn well, to stay motivated, and be noticed, you must focus on growth. Read More

How to Survive the Biggest Creative Job Decline of All Time

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Adding Value / Freelancing / Remarkability

Are designers, illustrators and visual artists turning into commodities? I was recently asked by a reader to discuss the health of the graphic design and creative industries in general. His concerns centre around what appear to be the ‘commoditisation’ of these industries and the people working in them, with the following example: On an online exchange, you can buy a decent quality illustration for $5 for commercial use. Read More

Why You Find Consistently Marketing Your Business So Hard, and How to Make it Effortless

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Clients / Promotion

As I've discussed in many articles, marketing yourself; your art; and your brand, properly and consistently is no longer a commendable choice in your creative business, it is a necessity. You must get into the heads of people you want to work with, and who stand to benefit from consuming your products and services. That's all marketing is. It is doing things that keep people, especially the right kinds of people, aware of you over […]

Three Steps to Figuring Out the Ideal Client for Your Creative Business

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Freelancing / Promotion

Before I get knee deep into this, I wanted to address some of the jargon I’ll be using to describe various concepts and ideas and get it out the way first. When I refer to prospect, I’m talking about anyone who has the potential to hire you, who has not yet done so. When I refer to client, I’m talking about someone who is in the process of working with you - or has worked […]

Why Creative People Should Bother Adding to the Noise

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Creativity / Motivation / Taking Action

I was emailed by a subscriber recently who brought up, in my view, one of the most significant questions that we face as artists and entrepreneurs. All around us we see other great artists; other people starting businesses; people with incredible talent; beautiful products; people making average work; competition, noise. Stuff. Everywhere. People in every corner of the planet are this very second working away at something new to bring into existence. They are adding […]

Create For Yourself, Not for Anyone Else

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Creativity / Productivity / Remarkability

One of the most valuable lessons of working as a freelancer over nine years has been the importance of doing work for myself, rather than for others. This sounds selfish, because I suppose it is, and I get that this seems to go against a lot of what I’ve written about before, which it does not. The key thing I want to drive home is that selfishness is the root to selflessness (and great work […]