I'm an artists because I love making art. But it's not a hobby. I make art. I teach art. I show and sell art. I'm a small business owner. Some day, I may have other people who do some of the non-art-making tasks, but for now, I'm the business.
I teach. That means I also:
- devise the cirriculum
- find venues
- contact locations/groups and schedule the sessions
- create web pages and related communications
- answer questions from prospective students
- buy and/or gather materials
- prepare demo materials
- prepare hand outs and other related information
- pack up gear to take to off-site venues
- travel to and from the teaching venue
- publicize the sessions (posters, flyers, social media, website)
I show and sell art. That means I also:
- research potential venues
- check listings for submission calls
- prepare submissions (write statements, edit photos, compile documents)
- order framing materials
- frame pieces and fit for hanging
- pack and ship/deliver artwork
- determine and maintain standard pricing
I run a business. That means I also:
- lease a studio space, pay the bills, and keep the common supplies stocked
- maintain a good relationship with my studio mates
- keep my website up to date
- keep my social media platforms up to date
- engage with others on social media
- attend openings, exhibits, and talks put on by galleries and other artists
- do my bookkeeping, file my taxes (pst, gst, and income tax) and pay installments on time
Whew! I'm tired just thinking about this list!
Many artists say that they spend about 50% of their time making art, and the other 50% doing these other activities. That's about my average as well.
How much time do you spend on these other activities related to your art business?