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A Simple and effective way to make a living for artists.

Getting work as an artist can seem like a nebulous endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be.

Many art schools also fail to pass down this important facet to aid us in our creative lives. I’ve taken a couple minutes to record some methods that I’ve found very effective for acquiring paying work, and thus making a living.

It’s scheduled out because as an artist without work, we need to maintain a regimen in order to keep ourselves focused, otherwise our free and creative spirits tend to end up painting or drawing all day– which would be fine if there wasn’t bread to win.

If you stick with this method for 30 days, have a decent portfolio (a website, 6+ of your best piece, etc…) then you’ll more than likely be able to find work. If you fail, don’t be discouraged, simply use it to build your ever-growing tenacity. Let the rejections fuel that roaring creative flame within, and press on.

Nothing was ever won by giving in. You don’t get better by giving up. If you have to “fail forward” then do so.

Now let me lay it out for you. I recommend altering the days to fit your needs.

Simple Artist Marketing Plan:

Monday: post that you’re available for work at every board or site you can ­ in the following weeks bump former topics with new work(s). Monday should be dedicated to unearthing new, relevant, trafficked sites that will enable you to post your work in some fashion and let people know you’re available for hire.


Tuesday: Tuesday is direct email day. This is where you collect and email as many companies as you can using good form. If your art isn’t a complete match to their style/IP, then offer to do an art test in your email. Otherwise schedule them in for the following weeks after you can complete portfolio work that’s more targeted. Sometimes you can go to company websites and they have a specific process as to how they hire­­ be sure to play by their rules, otherwise you’ll likely get skipped over.


Wednesday: Wednesday is local day. Find as many local studios as you can and email/cold call them. More often than not, I’ve found that informational interviews are the best way to get your foot in the door. Then you can ask pertinent questions about the workplace, how they handle projects in-house, etc…Simple and vested conversation may lead to an ACTUAL interview.


Thursday: Thursday is Mailer day. This is where you collect the addresses of companies you wish to work for that aren’t local. Once you’ve got a couple, make custom postcards and have a local printing shop run about 25­ – 50 of them. The next step is to take those postcards and write addresses on them the old fashion way. If there’s an art director at the property you wish to do work for (usually there is) then make sure that you address it to them by name.


Boom! You’ve just spent 4 days of the week hustling to provide service. Friday­ – Sunday is where you burn the midnight oil working on your art so that you become more and more attractive to potential clients. Sometimes you spend it all developing one piece, and other times it’s for studying anatomy, light, painting, drawing, etc…

The point is to ensure you’re taking part in activities that actually MATTER. Playing games for an hour is fine, or watching a movie while you sketch, but it’s very important to spend more time doing the MAJOR things rather then the minor things.

Hope this little guide was helpful! I’ve used just just three of these methods to make a living as an artist, but now that I’m ready to step my game up I’ll be using all 4.

Remember, Power Painters­­…Fortune favors the well­-prepared.

If you’re looking for many more step-by-step methods to becoming a serious freelance artist, check out the Artist Commission Specialist course– it’s 4 hours long and packed with strategies and methods to make money as an artist.


Happy Hunting,

­-Taylor

www.powerpainters.org

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As artists, we tend to focus on our craft. We live to create. However, most artists make one CRITICAL error...

…That is, they don’t focus on how to make a living. Many artists go their whole lives only doing the “odd art job” or painting a picture of their aunt’s cat for $20 bucks.

All while slinging coffee or folding clothes in a retail outlet somewhere.

It becomes a trap.

A nightmare of 9-5 living and very little energy to create any art when they get home.

And that sucks.

I don’t want you to have to end up like that. No artist should.

When I was starting out, It was exactly like that. Everyone wanted me to work for free or pennies, and they didn’t seem to understand that making art is a highly valuable skill.

Oh, and did I mention this was AFTER I got my 4-year degree?

Luckily, I fought through all of that, and now I make my living solely through freelance income.


This is how Art Commission Specialist was born. I want nothing more than to give you the exact same tools and formulas I use to get paid as a professional.

Art Commission Specialist covers topics like:

  • How to get Commissions (Private and Commercial)
  • Being Visible - Rising above the noise
  • An optional “In-house Artist” marketing section
  • Contracts
  • Agencies
  • Being too old to start?
  • Knowing what to charge
  • Knowing when you’re ready
  • Building an eye-catching portfolio
  • Dealing with (and mostly avoiding) bad clients
  • Forming a simple marketing schedule
  • And more…

I had to read dozens of books on marketing, self-promotion, personal development, and put all of it into practice while still studying to improve my work.

It was a very stressful time, but now that I’ve built up a network of returning clients, I only have to deploy my secret marketing arsenal every couple months.

And when I do, I get many new offers for exciting jobs in fantasy, science-fiction, and table-top gaming. Funded kickstarters, educational painting videos, concept art for games, the list goes on….

But this is about you, and how you can get into the inbox of art directors, potential clients, and start building your successes.

I hate to tell you, but sitting in your basement painting for 14 hours a day isn’t going to get you noticed. You have to do a little footwork.

It can take years of research to get to this point, but I’ll show you everything you need to get started with this easy-to-follow course.

And this is the stuff they DON’T teach you in art school while they’re piling on the student loan debt. Another part of the dreaded “end-up-in-retail” trap.

The Full Version of the Course contains:

• Approximately 4 Hours of Step-by-Step videos guiding you through the process of getting your first few gigs (.MP4 format in a .Zip file ).

• A potent .PDF Guidebook outlining even more strategies you can use to succeed.

•  Access to an Exclusive mailing list that will be fed additional content even past the release point of the course.

• A direct line to email or call me with any questions you may have at any point during the process.

• A complete money-back guarantee if you’re unsatisfied with the course. No Questions asked.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t keep putting your dreams on hold! Only you have the power to design what you want to do for a living.

Get out of the trap, live life on YOUR creative terms.

Oh, here’s a Free Guide detailing a simple marketing schedule for artists too:

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