Yes! But it's up to you. Many artists say, “someday I hope to be a full-time artist”. or "I hope it's possible to make a living off my art."
In order to achieve anything in life, you have to make a decision to do so. You will never accomplish anything if you wait around, hoping for circumstances to fall in your favor; because they never will. Dreaming won't change your life; action will.
Did Vincent Van Gogh or Claude Monet wait for their art to be accepted by society before putting their work out there? No! They first decided to become an artist, and then took action despite their circumstances.
So, before you become an artist via income, you have to become and artist in your mind first. Visualization.
The easiest way to do this is by living every aspect of your life artfully. Then naturally, you will become a full-time artist. Are you a full-time artist if you have a day job? If you do that job artfully rather than killing time for a paycheck then yes, you are a full-time artist.
Think about this. If you are an artist making your living solely with your art then, are you a full-time artist? In the eyes of our materialist society the answer will likely be yes.
Long story short. Mindset is the key to living life as a full-time artist. When we brush our teeth, walk the dog or shop for groceries artfully, we are in the zone.
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What is the Best Way to Make Money as an Artist?
Let's make the "starving artist" stereotype a thing of the past! Literally anything is possible if we set our mind to it, so why not set our minds to becoming a successful and wealthy artist?
Step 1: Make a Personal Brand
People not only shop for interesting art to decorate their home, but they also shop for the artist. People shop for a name to brag about. "I own a Dali" or "I own a Rembrandt" or "I own a (insert your name here)." Think about how you want to come across your audience according to your personal style and make a brand out of yourself.
Step 2: Prepare Your Presence
In this day in age, it is crucial to have a social media presence as an artist, a website, and maybe even a YouTube account. It is my belief that the next famous group of artists to be immortalized are those that have a large following on social media. So, put a lot of effort into marketing your social and other virtual accounts!
Step 3: Launch Your Brand
Now that you built a brand and built a social media following, this is the step where you can start making some money! Begin by setting up a few passive income streams. If you grow your web presence large enough, you can make money from each post. You can also set up a print on demand service so that when someone buys your print, a third party company will do all the work for you.
Selling memorabilia such as stickers, notebooks, tote bags, etc. is another good idea. It serves as a second form of advertising since your fans will show off your work to the world. Lastly, joining an art show or a group of artists (ahemm... Art Farm) will not only boost your level of exposure but give you access to various levels of support from the network.
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As you go deeper into living all things as an artist, it will change you, your art, and your life. Living as a full-time artist motivated by love, kindness, and generosity will lead to many personal questions such as:
Do I have a healthy balance between my work schedule and my joy of doing the work?
Am I progressively pushing back the boundaries and learning new skills?
Do I welcome failure as an opportunity to learn and grow?
Sometimes, when we are honest with ourselves, the answers to these questions don’t mean you are not living your life as a full-time artist. They just mean you are human. If you set your mind to becoming a full time artist, take action, and stay consistent then nothing can stop you from becoming who you want to be!
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