All posts tagged: artist

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

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 […]

Is Promoting Your Art Desperate?

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Money / Networking / Promotion

Self promotion and marketing have a bad reputation. Drawing attention to ourselves, our art, and our brands feels like we're showing off or sends the message that we are desperate for work, love and attention. People construct zany narratives to accompany the idea of self promotion, such as the cheesy car salesman, or dodgy late night infomercials. These narratives are drilled into us often whether it be through the friends you talk to, your family […]

Promotion Ideas that Work, from 9 Varied Creative Pros

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Behind Scenes / Business / Creatives / Freelancing / Interviews / Promotion / Social Media

With so many platforms now available to us, we are lucky to have so many options when it comes to getting our work seen by the right audience. But as some strategies will obviously be more effective than others, we wanted to find out how differently approaches differ within various creative fields in the industry. We talked to 9 successful creative working in practices ranging from animation and multidisciplinary design, to fine art and textiles. While […]

On the importance of self confidence for meandering art-makers

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Brand You / Motivation / Personal Development

Something I’ve experienced personally, as well as a thing that comes up a lot amongst the creatives I’ve talked to over the years is lacking belief in oneself and one’s work. I still suffer from pangs of low self confidence. Sometimes in the past it has been so crippling that I found it hard facing each day. Some days it still happens, but I’ve learned to get on top of it, and see things the way […]

5 Steps To Stop Feeling Like an Imposter

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Brand You / Clients / Networking / Promotion

Editor's note: This is a guest post from bow-tie making entrepreneur and designer Tim Aton, who writes more good stuff, over here. I wonder if you're familiar with the term 'Imposter Syndrome?' It can wreak havoc on any designer’s self esteem. No matter what level you're at, no matter how many clients you have, at some point, every designer has asked the question: “am I the real deal?” or “am I worthy enough to call […]

What Problems Are You Solving? How Great Artists Think Like Entrepreneurs

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Adding Value / Business / Remarkability

How comfortable are you with the idea of calling yourself an ‘entrepreneur’? Even if the word itself is a little trite, the basic meaning behind it is solid enough for the purpose of this conversation. Anyone working as a creative who works for themselves and initiates their own projects, which I imagine is most of you, can be thought of as such. One thing that entrepreneurs have in common in their quest for gaining traction, attracting […]