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5 Tips for Creating a Successful Career in Art

If your lifelong dream is having a successful career in art, don’t let anyone stop you and tell you that you can’t. They’re wrong; here’s how you can.

The reality is that artistic people have been putting their passion in the backseat for the sake of their careers for a very long time. They’ve always been told that it’s impossible for an artist to make a decent living for themselves through art and they’ve been pushed to pursue careers in the corporate world that just do not suit them. However, passion for work is essential if you’re looking to become a successful individual, and this is why you should pursue a career in art if that’s where your passions truly lie.

Of course, it might be hard, but everything that’s worth the trouble in life is hard, so all you need is determination and persistence, and with these tips, you’ll be able to create a successful career in art.

See Also: 10 Lesser-Known Facts about an Artist’s Career

1. Take Advantage of Social Media

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Luckily, we live in an era where visibility is not only important for individuals but also attainable, so use the tools at your disposal to make a name for yourself. Your social media profiles can work to your benefit, so make sure that your Facebook, LinkedIn, and even Pinterest profiles are oriented towards making your work more visible. Think of your social media as your online gallery and make them as engaging as possible.

2. Use Websites That Can Help You Promote Your Work

Selling your work as an artist is hard; the key is to make your work as recognizable as possible, and this means that the more people get to see your work, the more chances you have selling something. Find websites that allow young artists to promote themselves and try to promote your work through them. BoredPanda, for example, often features work of people that are relatively unknown, and since the website has a huge following, posting your stuff there means that a lot people will get to see it.

3. Get a Side Job

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I’m really sorry to break the illusion but you should know that becoming popular in the art world takes time and, in the meantime, you have to eat and pay your bills, so unless you have a trust fund somewhere that’ll allow you to survive while waiting to make it big, you’ll need to get a job. Try to find something that doesn’t tire you out so much that you can’t do any of your art. Find something that will allow you to commit yourself to your art career.

4. Build an Impressive Portfolio

Spreading your work around the internet is great but you need a portfolio in order to get anywhere in the art world. Gallery owners and managers will not bother with going after your work online; they’ll need something more concrete, so make sure that you build an online portfolio with your more impressive work. And just to be on the safe side, also have a physical portfolio with you everywhere you go. You never know who you might run into.

5. Apply for a Job Effectively

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The truth is that applying for a job in the art world resembles nothing to applying for any other job. People will not be impressed by your cover letter or where you went to school; they’ll only be impressed by your work and who you’ve so far worked with, so just sending your resume, crossing your fingers, and hoping for the best simply won’t do the trick. You actually need to pick up the phone or go to the place where you want to work and ask to speak with the person in charge. This is the only way you’ll ensure that they won’t overlook you.

See Also: Top 10 Careers for Artistic People

Were you able to make it big in the art world? Share your experiences with us in the comments section below, and don’t forget to share any tips and tricks you might have with those hoping to follow in your footsteps!

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