You might not get rich right away being a creative, and you may have to refinance your loans from art school or music school in order to keep paying them off, but there is no reason to give up on your dreams of being an artist, a writer, or a musician just because they are no normal career choices.
Living the life of a “starving artist” doesn’t sound appealing to some people, but to others, it’s a dream come true. To be able to do what you love for a living and have it be something creative can be an amazing thing. So, how can you make it happen?
Find Your Niche
If you want to be a successful creative it starts with finding out where your talents are. You don’t have to just be a musician or only be a sculptor. You can take on more than one creative niche, but find a way to make them work with one another.
That doesn’t mean you need to have your band play at all of your art openings, it just means you have to make time to get both of them done. If you’re a musician on the weekends then spend your weekdays making your other art, getting it promoted, and getting it out into the world so that people can buy it.
Start Promoting Yourself
Promoting yourself as a creative is one of the most important things if you want a successful career. People won’t know about the art you are creating if you aren’t telling them about it and having other people tell them about it. In fact, word of mouth and social media are going to be two of your best friends.
Set up a website and take photos of your art, post writing samples, or post videos of you doing your thing. Make sure to have info about your products or services and a way for people to contact you if they want to hire you or buy your art.
Get Some Products Together
Without some kind of product, you have no business. Even musicians need some sort of product to make the most money (like a CD). If you are a painter or sketch artist you could have original works and prints.
Where are you going to sell these products? That matters as well because people need to be able to find them to buy them. Sell online, get into local galleries and do local art shows. The more places people see you and your art, the more you’ll sell.
Your actual products and services aren’t the only things you want to invest in. This is especially important for bands and musicians- you need to have merch. T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, patches, and even buttons are great ways to bring in some money.
These things aren’t limited to the musical genre. You may be surprised how many people would love to purchase a T-shirt with your art on it!