To make a living from creating art, a dream shared by many.
However, not many artists like the idea of creating with the single goal to make money. Most of you probably agree such a mindset is not the best way to start. We also know about doing it all and only for the love of art, the myth of the starving artist and recognition after death, which don’t seem to be really attractive alternative perspectives.
So let’s consider a middle way…
Because wouldn’t it be better if you can do what you love fulltime and be able to live from it? Isn’t it just great when people like to reward you for what you create so you can keep doing it?
When creative work can pay the bills you can focus on what you love most, all day every day. As a consequence, you’ll become even better in what you do. All this extra time enables you to master your craft and reach your maximum potential!
The creative realm embraces some of the most beautiful professions thinkable, allowing to be productive from the soul. For many it enables them to work highly location-in-dependent, to travel and become more culturally aware. Creating art challenges to reflect, contemplate, express and reach out. Maybe the best of it all, it allows you to interact and communicate with people that love what you do, to inspire and touch them in their heart, spirit and soul. The process of creation brings great inner joy, because it makes us present in the now, fully aware and alive while we are connected with others.
With Vocation for Art we performed the most comprehensive research ever been done on ‘How to make a living from Art’ and publish about it. We interviewed thousands of artists, experts, art-businesses and creative professionals from all over the world.
We received so many encouraging words from the participants. Reading through so much advice from all over the world, was great!
We asked art professionals
Where or how should artists start, when they aim to become professionals and build their career?
What are of were your first steps?
‘’You need to find one aspect of work which is commercial in order to generate some regular income, and then you can more comfortably concentrate on more creative works- this does take time and endeavour. Be determined to build up a style, develop it and you will have a gallery or two and customers wanting you.’’
Chris Taylor from the UK
‘’The first step is to create, the second to show it and listening critics with an open mind.’’
Damien Guillaume, from France; Photographer and author | damienguillaume.com
‘’Take guidance from senior artist. Take up commissioned work.’’
Shailesh from India; Multidisciplinary artist
‘’I believe everything starts with hard work, focus and dedication,
then marketing comes in via galleries or art networks. Go for it, with passion, your talent will be discovered :)
Didvier J. Boissiere from Mongolia; Altan Khaan Gallery | altan-khaan-gallery.com
‘’Artists shouldn't consider their art as a part-time job. It is sometimes (often!) necessary to work to earn a few money at the beginning, but creation must be the only priority of an artist.
I truly believe that the internet is going to change the art market, but I think it is still necessary to show the artworks - at least from time to time - in brick-and-mortar galleries… especially when you are a young artist, or an emerging gallery. That is why I am organising ephemeral events several times a year. I’ve been an auctioneer for a few years, but I decided to create a new kind of online-gallery in 2015.’’
Frank Puaux from France; Le Collectionneur Moderne | lecollectionneurmoderne.com