Here are 10 steps you can take as an artist (of any art form) to make money while you’re working toward a greater degree of achievement with your chosen discipline. These steps are excerpted from a “How to Make Money as an Artist” PowerPoint presentation and PDF eBook currently in the works by Art Gush and Yianni Stamas. Watch your USAcreate.com Newsletter for more information soon!
1. Teaching workshops can be a revenue stream. You can teach what you know about your art form to others. Depending on what kind of art you do you can specialize in teaching adults or kids or even both.
2. The way to get started doing workshops is to do outreach to schools as well as places where courses are taught. Send them an email that links to your portfolio of work, regardless of whether you are a musician, writer or filmmaker etc. It’s also a good idea to detail the kinds of workshops you do and how they are structured.
3. Be sure to send out at least two email that are spread out by at least a few weeks and on the second email give a reason for emailing, maybe something new of interest on your site that your potential future client will like to see.
4. Jumping off from live workshops in-person, there are of needless to say ways to teach online. For this you will need a website and a way to receive money online.
5. The actual doing of the workshops can be facilitated by working with your students via skype.
6. It’s also a good idea to lay out in advance how many sessions will be needed to learn the creative skill and offer a discount if your student purchases a package of several online courses.
7. In keeping with the education idea you can also use premade courses where the student purchases the classes which are made in advance often consisting of online videos, PDF files and so forth.
8. You would make the classes and upload them to your site.
9. When your student purchases the premade courses it is an automated process to pay for an receive your courses. It’s literally a way for an artist to make money in her or his sleep.
10. Making money with YouTube. If you are an outgoing kind of a person or even an introvert who isn’t shy of the camera, you can be a vlogger which means much like a blogger except using video. You will be documenting your live or your creative process.
In this post we’re going to look at a type of entrepreneur known as an ArtisticPreneur. Or even Super ArtisticPreneur. ArtisticPreneurs can start as either owners of a small business or an artist of any kind. In short, creative people who are just starting out or currently have a business are called ArtisticPreneurs. There are many resources online for ArtisticPreneurs including eBook download site Art Gush.
Art Gush for ArtisticPreneurs
Art Gush is an educational website that as of this writing is in transition from being an membership online education site featuring videos, to now becoming a place where at an extremely reasonable rate you’ll be able to instantly download ArtisticPreneur eBooks that show you various aspects of how to get more customers, clients and fans.
The big distinction between Art Gush and other eBook websites is that you can effortlessly read their eBooks in just 10 minutes or less. This is especially useful to the busy ArtisticPreneur who doesn’t want to spend too much time away from his or her business reading and doing research. Imagine being able to do an easy digital download to quickly get the knowledge you need. Because let’s face it, your time is valuable. And no one wants to waste over an an hour or so reading an eBook when they can get that same information if not better from an ArtisticPreneur eBook in just 10 minutes or less.
Another differentiation factor is that their information is University Approved. Here’s why. They create their eBooks by converting actual PowerPoint files that were used in recent New York City college and university presentations. This means that their eBooks are just 1-3 sentences per page plus use large fonts. And that’s not all, each one is 30 pages or less in total. Additionally the information is easy to implement too so you can quickly get on to the path to get more customers, clients and fans.
NYC Create and Their Perspective on AtisticPreneurs
NYC Create is a website that has information useful to ArtisticPreneurs. They have programs specifically designed for emerging artists offering them assistance at low or cost. Also, NYC Create in conjunction with Lights Camera Read, produces each year the Platinum PIAs Community Awards Show for ArtisticPreneurs that recognizes ArtisticPreneurs who are making a difference in their communities both in New York City and around the globe. The Platinum PIAs have been produced annually since 2010 and have been held in venues ranging from Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Screening room to DCTV, the Downtown Community Television Center. The vision of NYC Create is to empower artists to become ArtisticPreneurs and thereby participate in the process of building visibility for their creative work.
Houdini the Ultimate ArtisticPreneur
It might seem somewhat random to include one of the world’s greatest magicians and escape artists, Harry Houdini. The reason we are doing so is because we believe that Houdini is one of the top ArtisticPreneurs of all time. Think about it. He died in 1926 and most folks are still talking about him or at least have an awareness of who he is.
What makes Houdini an incredible ArtisticPreneur? It could be the fact that he not only paid close attention to his art of magic but he also realized that to be successful he needed to focus on the marketing aspects of his creative career as well.
One of the ways that Houdini would bolster his publicity would be to escape from a straight jacket while hanging upside down in the middle of the town square of whatever city he was currently performing in. These publicity stunts would draw a large crowd and newspaper coverage, providing an opportunity to let others know that they could come see the escape artist live and in person at a local theater.
Entertainment Entrepreneurship – There’s No Business that’s Not in Show Business
A recent Lights Camera Read article about the website Entertainment Entrepreneurship delved into the topic of attention spans. Let’s face it, we live in an era of very short attention spans known as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Many of us spend an awful lot of time on our cell phones seeking instant gratification or some form of entertainment or affirmation. There are those who believe that we are addicted to our phones. Therefore if you build an Entertainment Entrepreneurship type blog, you’re going to want to be sure that it is mobile friendly as well as keeps your readers engaged. A suggestion is to surprise them by throwing in the occasional BigFoot Zombie or Loch Ness Monster (AKA fun surprises).
Are You an ArtisticPreneur Who Wants to be a Platinum PIAs Award Winner?
The formation of the online destination known as ArtisticPreneur.com, as of this writing, was fairly recent. The word “ArtisticPreneur” has gone from just being a concept to being a website as well. And the ArtisticPreneur website could prove helpful to becoming a future Platinum PIAs nominee. If you or someone you know is an ArtisticPreneur or even Super ArtisticPreneur who is making a difference in his or her community (or maybe even the world) be sure to contact the show’s producers, Lights Camera Read. Of course there is no guarantee of this leading to a result, but remember that the P, I and A in PIA stand for Public Internet Artist. So if you or someone you know is on the web in one way or another and doing good for the community, you or that person could be nominated for a PIA. And then you’d really be an ArtisticPreneur Super Hero.