The Thriving Artist™ podcast
Business Insights for Working Artists
ABOUT THE SHOW: The Thriving Artist TM podcast features insightful interviews with artists, collectors, gallerists, and other leading experts on visual art as a business and the business of visual artists with host Daniel DiGriz. The series employs a highly digestible podcast format to provide an informal business learning course built around each guest's knowledge and experiences. A production of The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists, the show is available here and on your favorite audio platforms:
- Career Blueprint
- Brand Story & Marketing
- Sales Strategy
- Sales Conversations
- Peer Networks
- Legal & Logistics
- Pivotal Projects
Writer James D. Balestrieri: “An artist really shouldn’t care about being in the canon. They should do what they do, which is what Clark Hulings did: work at their work.”
“I try to put everything, all of me, into the art.” Melissa Whitaker’s work—even for collaborations with corporate clients—is always her own.
“There is no one who can replace you in knowing what you want and telling your story.” Carolyn Edlund on success in tough times, and how the CHF Conference can help. Part II/II
Sales Strategy expert Carolyn Edlund discusses how artists can succeed during uncertain times and invites you to The Virtualize Your Art Career™ Conference Oct 19-30. Part I/II.
The Virtual Edition of The Santa Fe Indian Market offers an atmosphere of delight and awe at a time when most of us are cooped up in our own worlds of social distance.
“It takes years of putting lots of lines in the water.” Pop artist Ashley Longshore discusses guts, strategy, and other lessons learned as a leading artist-entrepreneur.
It’s a timely moment to hear from Cornelia Carey and Carrie Cleveland from CERF+, a leading nonprofit focused on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide.
“It was a total mind-shift this year. There is a market for what I want to do, and I am selling. There are buyers for the subject matter that I want to paint.”
CHF data analysts Lily Dulberg and Daniel DiGriz prove in the Report on the Working Artist that the secret ingredient for artists’ success is entrepreneurial training.
“Certainly the jobs that are going to go last are going to be the ones that require people to creative problem-solve and come up with unique new ideas.”
“The arts are not just an amenity, they’re a critical function of society and a part of the fabric of social, cultural, and also economic life and livelihood for our country.”
“With the advent of Modernism, there was this idea that training would ruin your creativity.”
“The challenge was to make [the goal] so scary and big that you can never accomplish it, and I’m making small steps towards that.”
“I think people who know what their values are…know what their values are! So yes, they’re trading, yes they’re ‘sacrificing,’ but what they don’t trade off is what they value.”
“When you decide what you want to do, you become more intentional about what you choose to do.”
“If you don’t file a copyright application in a timely fashion you pay a very, very significant price. […] Artists really need to copyright their works I would say, immediately.”
“If you always give more than you ask, then networking is effective.”
“There are so many platforms now for an artist living in obscure or out-of-the way places to get their work out and be seen.”
Kristin makes work at the intersection of art and science that connects us to the “extraordinary, strange beauty of the natural world.”
“Make sure you’re always retaining the rights to the work. If someone is asking you to sign the rights, there’s a problem. Because we are asking permission to use it; not to own it.”
“I consider myself a business owner, and my business is art. So I know that I’m running a business, and every artist that I know that’s making money is doing it the same way.”
“The tipping point in my business was being able to educate people about why what I’m doing is different.”
“Your art practice will change; it’s absolutely necessary to plan for it. I don’t want to hustle to find rent money when I’m 80!”
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