Making a living from your art is possibly one of the biggest challenges you’ll face as an artist.
I’ll talk you through a big mistake that a lot of beginner artists make, we well as go through the different ways I make a full time living off my artwork. At the end of the vid I share 9 different ways you could make money off your own art.
Financial success isn’t the only measure of artistic success and for some people it might not even enter into the equation. For me though, I was 28 when I started out painting and being able to support myself with my art was really important.
I’ve been painting for 5 years now, and it’s only been in the past year and a half that I’ve actually been able to live off what I make as an artist. I’ve learned a lot over that time which I’d love to share with you.
Initially I had no idea how to make a career out of being an artist and I assumed I’d create art and people would just buy it… simple right? Well, the past few years have been a steep learning curve and I’ve learned more about what won’t make money than what will!
A couple of years ago someone told me that you need 9 streams of revenue to make a living off creative pursuits – so if some failed or the market changed your eggs wouldn’t be all in one basket and you’d still manage to pay your rent and put food on the table. I’m not sure if 9 is the ‘magic’ number here, but I do know that having a few revenue streams has worked out really well for me.