I’m in Florida talking to artists in Bradenton today, but I couldn’t let this auspicious occasion slip by without notice. Five years ago today, I launched what would become the Art Marketing Action newsletter. At the time, it was simply called “Dear Artist.” I’ve come a long way, baby.
March 25, 2002
Dear Artist . . .
I am so excited! This is the first of what will be weekly newsletters just for artists. It is part of the launch of new artist services that I am offering. The best part of my career has always been working directly with artists and talking with them about their work. Now I hope to inspire you and to help you jumpstart your career. Each week's issue will contain motivational messages and ideas to help you with your art business. Please, if you like what you read, forward the messages along to your friends and colleagues. I hope to reach as many of you as possible.
ARE YOU A "10"?
On a scale of one to ten, how satisfied are you with where you are in your career at this moment? Have you thought about it? Or are you like most of us–just going through the motions every day?
Maybe your immediate goal is to finish a sculpture. Maybe you'd like to get into your first juried exhibition. Or perhaps you'd like to see your work in a national traveling exhibition. But wouldn't it be great to see it in a museum collection?! What would it be like to see your work in print?
You must allow yourself time to evaluate your successes and failures and refine your goals for the future. Yes, even artists must have goals. Surely there is something you would like to attain before you turn 40 . . . or 50 . . . or 60. You get the picture. If you haven't set goals, how will you know that you have become successful?
So, where are you? Are you a "2" or a "6"? And what are you going to have to do to get to a "10"?
The success or failure of your career is entirely in your hands.
THINK ABOUT THIS————–>
What are you doing each day to help you get to a "10"?
What are you (or aren't you) doing that's going to keep you less than completely satisfied?