How to make money as an artist

YouTuber Justin Case has been asking me questions about making money as an artist. Anyone who wants to be an artist can be. If you don’t want to be a business man too, then just do art/music/dance/whatever for a hobby and enjoy it.

But don’t let anyone tell you that artists area all poor or that you can’t make a living as an artist. If you are a creative person, then that’s what you are. If you then go and work in a boring 9-5 job you are going to be so bored and frustrated… for the rest of your life. that’s like a prison sentence.

Being an artist is a way of life. I’s a way of life your parents probably don’t understand, so they tell you it’s a dead end.

It’s not – It’s just that they want to protect you from the one thing you want to do in life – the one thing they don’t understand – it scares them!

They don’t want to see you fail. If you go through life saying, “I could have been an artist but my parents told me not to be one,” then you HAVE failed! Remember it’s your life you are living not theirs.

Artists who make a living wake up every morning with this on their mind. No one is going to tell them what to do. You have to be really brave to be yourself and to stick to your principles. Your principles may mean that you don’t make piles of cash, but you can have a really rich life along the way.

Money doesn’t make you rich, it’s the quality of life that counts and makes life rich. Ever met a banker? they are Rich – but they are hated, they are stressed, their wives tend to leave them and they die early miserable and fat. They have to surround themselves with the trappings of being rich. as they do, they build a prison wall of bling and fast cars around them.

Being a full time artist is like any other job. You work out what you are good at doing (you do this at art college usually) then you find out who likes the kind of thing you like doing, you make something this people would like, they buy it and you make money. It’s called marketing. That’s a dirty word in Art, but is what the Art business is all about.

Dealers and investors are all about marketing and investment. The money is there waiting to be put into your grubby little hands. You just need to find a way to release that money and send if flying on wings of wonder towards your bank account!

Wanna be an artist? Don’t talk about it – do it!

with award winning illustrator, Shoo Rayner.


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