You want to “make it” as an artist. Ideas are overflowing, you’ve got the drive, but you don’t have an art school degree. Don’t let this stop you!
The steps below will help you create your own art line- without an art degree.
1. Start with Planning
You need to start with your business plan. I’m starting to sound like a broken record here, but being successful is about making your ideas a reality. Brainstorm, write down your ideas. Then create detailed action steps that you will do to make your ideas a reality.
2. Create a Line- Focus on Results
Plenty of merchandise is connected with sales. After all, the more merchandise you have, the more people can buy! Be creative and tell a story with your art line. Create a cohesive vision. Then look at your line from a business perspective and determine how you’ll get the line to sell! A tip is to try to create something irresistible, ask yourself objectively, “would I buy this”?
3. Engage in Your Community
Promoting yourself and your art is vital. Talk with and collaborate with other artists. Join social networks and local clubs. It will make a difference. I give specific tips on how to do this in these posts: 5 Steps for Spreading Your Creative Business Message and How to Get Them Talking About Your Art.
4. Just DO it!
If you truly want to earn an art school degree, do it! You’ll learn and make connections and it could help your career. Just remember, nothing is stopping you from making your own creative business right now. Every art school graduate I know agrees: you learn more by working in the field and getting things done. Get your hands-on education and just do it!
Final Tip: Whenever I’m completely lost with my creative business goals, I print out my Track This! Workbook and fill it out again. It forces you to answer the hard questions and move on to the next step with your business. Try it if you need help creating a business plan for your art line!
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