Being an artist as a business

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Few weeks ago, I found this image posted on a friends Facebook, I really enjoyed the message and decided to share this on my Facebook, which then another friend
ended up sharing it on hers. Interestingly enough we had a great conversation about this message.

First off, I am first and foremost an artist in my own right, but just because I am an artist does not mean I have to fall into the circle of being a “Starving Artist”
scenario. I love and passionate about what I do, and I am fulfilled by the sense of my own understanding of what success means to me as an artist. But just because
I would love to earn money from what I do, and I do it well, doesn’t make me a sell out or any less than creative.

Enters in the entrepreneurial spirit, image being paid, and being paid well might I add doing something you love to do! Now there is a concept! But we choose to do mediocre
jobs to pay rent, to pay bills so we can have that brief moment to do and have the time to sit and create.

I think as an artist we have to get away from this idealistic concept of the bohemian lifestyle, lets get real, things cost money, If you’re a painter, Brushes, Canvas, Paints and your time put into creating a master piece all has a value. We as an artist decide what that value is. If you want to gift it away for someone to enjoy that is your choice, if you would love to see a dollar amount on your work to create that sense of prestige on what you’ve created that is your choice too.

But to sit there and judge one artist from another how they perceive in creating value in their work is absolutely atrocious! Further more, again like I said before, does not make me less creative, or less than an artist. This is where creative people fall short and being weak, I’m not saying that those that don’t charge for their work are weak, I’m merely saying spend a little time in thinking of what kind of value you put in yourself.

What do you think about this? Lets start a dialog, I would love to hear what artist think about this.

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