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Your 2017 Personality Upgrade

Need a little personality upgrade? Who doesn’t! Think of some aspect of your personality that you’d like to upgrade (e.g., “I’d like to feel more confident.”). Next, create a thought or two that supports your personality upgrade and that you’d like to use in real life...

The Anxiety of Success

More people than you think are ambivalent about the prospect of success. Maybe you’re one of those. Maybe you’re happier on the sidelines, in the shadows, or in the background. Maybe you’re worried that with success will come an unpleasant array of new challenges and...

The Psychology of Pricing

You can buy a nicely framed reproduction of a Picasso for $100 (or even less than that) or the original for $100,000,000 (or a lot more than that). To what extent do these products differ that one should be worth one million times more than the other? One million...

Your Artist Plan for 2017

Ready to start fresh in the coming year? Ready to engage in some useful planning that will help turn 2017 into a great year for you? Then consider the following seven tips as you work on creating your excellent plan for the coming year! 1. Understand what you are up...

How To Manage Your Time, Part 2

Last week I shared five tips for managing your time contributed by Tamara Holland. This week let me share another five. Tamara is a post-conviction attorney for condemned prisoners in California, a visual artist, a screenwriter, and a mystery writer who lives in...

How to Manage Your Time, Part 1

This week and next I want to share ten tips for managing your time contributed by Tamara Holland. Tamara is a post-conviction attorney for condemned prisoners in California, a visual artist, a screenwriter, and a mystery writer who lives in California and Croatia....

Giving Away Your Marketplace Freedom

The following are ten ways that creative and performing artists give away their freedom with respect to the art marketplace and with respect to their career. 1. By hiding out. We are free to show up places, learn from people, see what’s going on – but out of anxiety...

Handling ‘Creative Disasters’

HANDLING ‘CREATIVE DISASTERS’ The creative process comes with its share of mistakes, messes, failures, and other “disasters.” How you handle them determines whether you will give up or persevere. Here are ten tips that will help! 1. Mind your language Is it really...

Dealing With Day Jobs

A day job is a job whose primary meaning—or only meaning—is that it allows you to survive while you work on your art and your art career. Some day jobs are satisfying in their own right, some are completely unsatisfying, some are more like second careers with their...

Organizing for Artists

Almost everybody feels the need to get better organized. But what does “better organization” really mean? Is it about having a good filing system and multiple to-do lists or is it about more than that? Let’s take a look. 1. Organizing for the long-term Each day...

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