May 25, 2010 | Alyson Stanfield

Don't Make the Same Mistake that So Many Artists Make

It's simple . . .
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15 comments add a comment
  • Yes, thank you for the reminder! Good advice, worth repeating! :)

  • Thanks for the reminder! I love how you did this!!! :)

  • Alyson! This is a question I had that I did not remember or have an opportunity to ask at the workshop in PA. Specifically, when people find out I’m a painter, they will often tell me about a painting they’d love to have done, but then I’m left wondering how to actually make something happen. How do you follow up (professionally)? Have you addressed this topic somewhere?

    • Alyson Stanfield

      Stacy: I know. You were in a state of overwhelm–in a good way, right?
      Did you read some of the Related Posts listed at the end of the article? I think you have my book, too. Entire chapter!!! Bottom line: Do something. You can’t mess up if you take action. I usually opt for something handwritten sent in the mail.

  • Barbara Muir

    Alyson,
    Sometimes you scare me. Which is good when you scare me
    into action. This post did.
    Thanks,
    Barbara

    • Alyson Stanfield

      Ah, I AM scary. Now you’ll always hear a little voice: Alyson said to follow up. I MUST do it. ;)

  • Angela Treat Lyon

    uhh…you mean we ought to follow UP? This was a hoot – thanks!

  • Barbara Muir

    How right you are Alyson. I hear that little voice (yours) all the time! Sometimes it torments me, but then I quote the voice (yours) to everyone
    (including me) who needs a jolt of your special magic. What’s that?
    Sanity, humour and excellent business sense for artists.
    You are the best,
    Barbara

  • Hi – If I’m not out of line here – can I say – even follow up if it’s a month or two later. LIfe is busy for all of us. Sometimes I start something – like a shed project that I want a contractor to help us with. I make a bunch of calls, I get the ball rolling, then I get distracted by something more important and have to come back to it a couple of months later. If I hear back from someone in that time line “sorry, it took me a while to get back to you, but if you’re still interested” I will still consider them. (sometimes 2 months seems like 2 weeks).

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  • I thank my stars for your pearls of wisdom, Alyson.
    I just finished a solo exhibition here in NYC and sold some paintings. Now, I feel compelled to try to find another exhibit. I was feeling overwhelmed with “how”? as this exhibit fell in my lap! You keep reinforcing the fact that “one step at a time” and “just do it” is the only way to make it happen.
    So glad I received this email from you today.:-)
    Stephanie Fuller

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