I wish I had one-cent for every time I hear:
- “I don’t make money from my journaling (quilting, hooking, needlepoint, etc.) so I can’t really call myself a ‘professional.’”
- “I have so many ideas but I can’t seem to make any money from them.”
- “In this economy, I can’t really devote anymore time to my art without making money.”
- “I would love to quilt (paint, sew, draw, sing, etc.) full-time but I can’t afford it.”
Money is important. But not jumping into your art or whatever your ultimate goal might be because of lack of cash is self-defeating and a self-fulfilling prophecy.
While it might seem that famous and self-supporting artists and crafters created their art for simply the love of their craft, were kind of good at it, and were then “discovered” before being handed bags full of cash, know that it never happens that way. If you think so, then you’re living a Hollywood fantasy, and if an artist tells you that story, then they are lying! For every financially successful artist, there was the marriage of creativity, 24/7 days of brutally hard work, sacrifice, great risk, emotional upheaval, a vision, and determined focus.
If money is the ultimate goal of your artwork and creative contributions then don’t rely just on your art! If money is your goal, then make money your goal! Get involved and become educated in the business of art! If money is what you see at the end of your creative rainbow, then make acquiring money, and not just the purity your art or the joy that the process gifts to you, a part of the business tips and techniques that you must learn to master and then move forward with that knowledge, being prepared to rake it in. (i.e. The Pet Rock, or that “painter of light” – Blech! Not quite what I’d consider “art” but you can’t disagree that both of the aforementioned artists found themselves rolling in dough and it didn’t happen by just creating in some solitary studio.)
I am here to tell you, from one who has had money, no money, had more money, had less money… having a shitload of cash and having none at all will not affect your art and your creative process in any way, shape or form. It may affect the materials you use and/or waste. It might affect your mood, and thus your creative end result. Having or not having money may humble you or bolster your ego, but it will not change your spirit and what inspires you.
That’s why if money is the goal of your creativity, you must learn about money, and marketing, and investing, and business and worry less, for the time being, about your art.
However, if you find great joy in the process of creating, if your art touches and nurtures that place inside of you that nothing you physically have, or don’t have, can reach or affect you, if you have freed yourself from having to put a monetary value on your creativity, then will you be richer than even the largest bank account. And, believe it or not, the money will come.
When you throw yourself into whatever makes you happy and causes you boundless delight, you will find yourself to be a magnet that attracts more of what you want and need in every aspect of your life – money included. Follow your heart and do what it tells you – and you will find yourself a success both financially and as an artist.
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