This is what I hear from so many clients and fellow artists, "I'm overwhelmed". It's the struggle between wanting to spend time creating and having to manage every day tasks as well as promoting your art.
While artists spend time planning and designing their art, most don't carry it over to the rest of their business. Instead you handle the tasks/issues as they call for attention or worse case, ignore it altogether which in many cases present you as unprofessional or you miss opportunities that could further your career.
If you are someone who is organized, then the job is easier. However, most of us don't have a plan, know where to start and what should be prioritized. Instead the shotgun approach is typically what is employed. Then frustration sets in with nagging thoughts that you just can't get it all done without major time away from the easel.
Do you find yourself saying...
- I'm embarrassed to say...I don't do that
- The truth is...I don't know how to
- I feel silly but I just deal with it when absolutely necessary
You aren't alone. Almost everyone has said these things once or twice including me.
So where do you begin?
15 Minute Challenge...The List
Grab a notepad. It might sound "old school" except that the act of writing these things down can help clarify the issues.
- Start by listing all the tasks that you ignore (i.e. photographing your art, updating website, communicating with your audience, art inventory, etc.) It's probably a pretty long list.
- If you lack skills necessary to tackle the jobs, list those as well
- List your priorities
After looking at the list, you will probably be overwhelmed again. However, this is the starting point to gain control and make a plan. Ignoring the issues only causes more stress. Watch for more upcoming 15 Minute Challenges to help you navigate the art business waters.
If you don't have a clear plan how can you arrive at your destination?
Hey! I'm working on some future content and would love to hear from anyone who is trying to build their art career but is frustrated with all that is necessary to make it happen. I'm doing one-on-one 20 minute phone calls and would love to hear about your journey, what you need to further your career, the things that frustrate and keep you from your easel. So jump on my calendar for this week and schedule a time for us to talk. It's free, just looking for feedback. Click here to schedule some time.