Here's an Online Artist Summit to Help Build Your Art Biz

Online "Summits" are a great (often free) way to learn from dozens of professionals in a given field and nab a few new tricks to advance your art biz, without spending the money and time it would take to attend a similar conference in real life.

They can be a great resource, but you need to understand they're a marketing tool for the event organizers and speakers (which is a totally cool way to earn money with your art, BTW) so you'll need to take a few steps to make sure you have time to hear the speakers who will benefit you the most, and avoid being overwhelmed by a bunch of information you don't need.

Read on for a free pass to a virtual Fine Artist Summit that starts TOMORROW (November 22, 2019) and tips to help you get the most out of it. These tips will apply to any virtual summit, so they should be useful even if you miss this one.

How to Complete Your Back Burner Projects, by ACTUALLY Being Your Own Boss

Use this plan to complete projects that includes the important ingredients of reward and accountability.

"Confidence is a Habit, Not an Identity... Build It Like a Muscle." -Jen Casey

Confidence is probably more important than talent in the art business.  Spend your weekend refreshing your confidence stores...

#LiesStarvingArtistsTell "You Can't Make Money With Your Art"

The concept of the Starving Artist is SO prevalent that most people are committed to the idea that opportunities for artists to make money are extremely rare.

The real truth is that they are not trained to see opportunity, even when it's right in front of them.

Like a lot of Lies Starving Artists Tell themselves, it's about mindset.  So let's talk about how to change your mind.

Abnormally, Inhumanely Sensitive: The Artist's Struggle.

"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them … a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death." -Pearl S. Buck

4 Mind-Blowing Facts about being a working Artist

Look... I'm in the middle of writing a blog post for the fine folks at The No Pants Project, but I wanted to go ahead and share this with you real quick.

BOOK REVIEW- Do I Have to be a Starving Artist in the 21st Century by Hisani P. Dubose

You know all about my contempt for the veneration of poverty among artists via the so-called "starving artist" archetype. It's not like I think there is something wrong with making a sacrifice for one's art. But being a so-called "starving artist" should be like being an "intern". Being a Starving Artist is acceptable as a STAGE of a career, but not as a permanent way of life. We as artists have the power to make a living inside of us, but it is a puzzle to solve, a goal to unlock. We need to start with getting the right state of mind. We must apply some of the creativity and hard work we usually reserve for art creation to developing our business acumen and hustle. The "starving artist" mentality complicates the process by undermining the priorities that are required to succeed, until the false virtues of poverty and failure become self-fulfilling prophecies.