Do you dream of being a full-time artist? This friendly, practical guide shows you how to make your dream a reality, with expert advice on everything from writing a business plan to pricing your work and raising your profile as an artist. Learn how to start taking commissions and ensure your long-term success.
Chapter 1: How to Decide what you want
This chapter helps you to identify what you are trying to achieve with an art career and how to face your fears.
Chapter 2: Is this right for you?
This chapter identifies the qualities needed to start your own art business and helps you identify if you have what it takes.
Chapter 3: Planning your business
This chapter helps you plan your business goals and missions and lays out exactly what branding is and how you can brand your business.
Chapter 4: Customer Interaction
This important chapter helps you to identify your target customer and tells you how to interact with them at each stage of the commission process. It also helps you deal with difficult customers and how to take payments for your commissions.
Chapter 5: Your Website
This chapter identifies why you need a website and the best website builders to use to build your own. It also covers what pages to include and how-to layout your website for optimum customer interaction.
This chapter identifies the importance of social media and exactly how to set up your social media accounts, what to include in your bio etc, how to write engaging posts and how to grow your account.
Chapter 7: PR Strategy
This chapter explains what PR is and why it is so important for gaining awareness of your business and making sales. It also includes how make a plan, generate ideas and the various writing formats you need to know.
Chapter 8: Finances
The most important chapter to help you organise your finances and cashflow. It also includes to formulas that you can use to prices your work and how to invest in your business.
Chapter 9: Getting Organised
This chapter shows you how to plan your commissions and manage your time effectively.
Chapter 10: Developing your career
This chapter will help you take your business to the next level and identifies how to develop your artistic skills.
By buying this book you will gain access to our Private Facebook community where you can ask questions and share experiences with other artists trying to make art the career.
Included in with this eBook are 6 downloadable templates to help you with your business including:
- Social Media Checklist
- Press Release template
- PR strategy Template
- Email Pitch Template
- Commission Schedule & Expenses Spreadsheet
- Brand Guidelines Document
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I finally finished listening to this one all the way through and I really enjoyed it! It is very motivational to learn and understand how other artists build and develop their art careers. I feel like the resources provided within this book can be some of the most beneficial content that currently exists for artists looking to start a career. Highly recommend!
I have had the pleasure of following along with Sema’s work for over a year now and her book is just another example of how amazing the journey of following your art dreams can be. This book really helped kick me into gear in terms of getting the business side of my art organized and tackling those hard to do tasks I had been avoiding, or didn’t even know I needed to be doing. Highly recommend!
Shanddon Blunden –
Sema Martin now has an audio book version of her ‘Art is my Career: How to start an art business’ narrated by Nikki Delgado and I have had the pleasure of listening to it whilst working on a Christmas portrait over the past week. Nikki Delgado does an amazing job as the narrator and I felt very motivated whilst listening to this book. When I first read Sema’s book last year, I was so pleased I did as she had shared SO much useful information! I wrote a review about Sema’s book which you can find on my website http://www.shanddonblundenart.co.uk
Now, I love that I can listen to it whilst drawing a portrait or pottering around the house! I really enjoy having the option of listening to the book as I don’t always feel like sitting reading so to have someone to read it for me is amazing! And means I have more time to be creative and enjoy the book at the same time! I often find myself jotting things down when I hear something that sparks an idea! It’s a great wait to generate new ideas as the narrator talks through Semas’ advice. The book is beautifully read and Audible saves where your up to when you’ve finished listening so when you next come to listen it picks up where you left off! I would highly recommend signing up to Audible and purchasing the Audio book! 😃 Sema is doing a wonderful job helping us artists work towards our dreams, cannot thank her enough!!