I am tired of watching artists and arts organizations live on leftover scraps.
Mind you, the organizations and agencies aren’t cheap with the patrons and board members with the big bank accounts. They are cheap with the artists, without whom their passionate interest would not exist.
Artists, in turn, grow to feel they are not worthy of more.
Don’t get me wrong. Frugality isn’t inherently bad. In fact, it can be good.
I don’t believe in spending for spending’s sake or in extravagance.
But frugality becomes detrimental when it feeds the notion that we are not worthy of more.
Many of my clients develop this sense of unworthiness that is perpetuated by the very organizations that were created to serve them.
I confess that I behaved similarly in the past.
For years I have been writing about how artists can show that their work has value. But I continued to allow the organizers who hired me for workshops to do things “on the cheap,” and I was doing the same with the workshops and events I organized myself.
How can I save money? was my modus operandi.
My first workshop, in 2003, was held at an office building that a friend managed. I recall my parents (!) picking up and delivering boxed lunches to the group.
At a much later workshop, I ran my team ragged making coffee all day long – trekking repeatedly to the kitchen on the other end of the building. Coffee! Because I didn’t pay for a venue that had food service.
I began attending “nice” conferences for marketing, mindset, and software. These conferences were set up with white tablecloths, fresh flowers, music, sophisticated audio-visual systems, and bright spaces.
I realized that the people and companies that were producing these conferences would have never treated their guests as cheaply as artists are treated.
So I modeled what they are doing, and this is what my guests experience when they come to Art Biz Breakthrough.
If I ask you to embrace an abundance mindset, as I do, you need to be treated like you already have one – and that you deserve it.
My new modus operandi is How can I give my guests the best experience?
I promise I won’t go cheap on you. And I hope you don’t go cheap on yourself.
Your Penny-Pinching Could Be Hurting Sales and Opportunities
Consider how your frugality might be perceived by buyers.
People who look for quality tend to look for it in every aspect of their lives.
You can’t advocate cheap materials, products, and services from one side of your mouth and ask for high-dollar sales from the other side. These are conflicting messages to the Universe and to your potential collectors.
If you come from a less-than-abundant place, it’s time to do some work on your money mindset.
Consider these questions:
- How do others treat you at your art organization meetings, in your booth, or online?
- How do you treat yourself? Do you look for quality or do you buy what’s least expensive? Do you settle for what is worn down and broken even though you could do better work with new tools?
- How do you treat others? Do you share generously or do you keep the good stuff to yourself – afraid that there isn’t enough to go around?
Let’s start treating each other (and ourselves) like we are as worthy of abundance as our patrons.