Hello! Welcome to my blog, "Left Brain Skills for Right Brained People"
As many of you know, I’m a Career & Life Coach for artists and other creative people. I’m based in the San Francisco Bay Area but work with artists throughout the U. S. and all over the world.
I wanted to share some of the best "artist-friendly" tools I use in my coaching practice. These are business-like tools that speak your language, are easy to use, and are offered in bite-sized pieces that don’t require a lot of your time.
Checklist for a Successful Art Career (26 KB)
So here’s one of them, a checklist of 10 behaviors that make a difference in an artist’s career. It gives you a way to think about what you're doing (and not doing) right now.
Take a look at the first question: "I have a regular, consistent studio practice."
That sounds so reasonable and adult, doesn’t it? If you’re an artist, of course you have a regular studio practice. But it isn’t so easy. Your "studio" might be in your garage, or your spare room, or your living room, or in a corner of your kitchen or in a corner of your mind.
That's OK. We’re just talking about where you make art. Think about an ordinary day. Does it include spending time making art? If you’re lucky enough to have a real studio, do you actually go there? Do you go every day, or several days a week, or just when you can? The odd thing about having a separate studio is that sometimes you end up using it as a storage space for your art.
So just be honest. DO you have a regular, consistent studio practice? Think about why you do, or why you don’t. When could you make more time for your art?
Please feel free to respond to my blog, and let me know what's on your mind.
Next time I'll be talking about question #2 on the checklist, asking others for advice about your career.
Mary Edwards, Ph.D.
Career & Life Coach for Artists