Art career is still a maybe for many artists. Several artists struggle to find a way of how to make their passion for ‘art’, a career. Are you also struggling to find a balance between a job and your art career? Wondering if you should get a day job or focus on becoming a professional artist?

If you are looking forward to making your art career, so that some 8-5 doesn’t crush your spirit, dive into the article, and find out how! 

Creating your art and your art career is a developmental process. There are certain stages you need to take along the way and thresholds you must cross through the process. 

Like all other careers, art career requires the same amount of hard work, planning, and networking. With a perfect blend of ambition and fearlessness, there is nothing that holds you back. So, without further ado here are 7 tips on how to make art a career.

1. Believe and Focus

Art career has a wide range, from painting, sculpturing, graphic designing, literature, music, photography to theatre, dancing, and even cooking. Anything creative, passionate, and personal is considered as “Art”.

If you feel that you are an artist, you must accept and embrace it. Believe in your powers now! Being an artist is a way of life that requires no external validation. Start focusing on “How do I do it” instead of “I don’t know how to do it”.

Everything starts to change once you can say “yes, I’m an artist and I’ll make it happen”. Believing your worth and focus on what makes you unique to create an impact.

7 Essential Tips to make your Art Career
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2. Develop your skills

Your passion for art is your raw skill. But without hard work and skill development, your raw skills may not take you very far. So before you begin your career in art, you must develop rigid artistic skills.

Take up a few courses or workshops to build your knowledge and practice on your own.

Here are some links that may help you:

Academy of Art University

The best online art classes in 2020

Google about your favorite artists and go through their art pieces, their journey—Get inspired! Improve your art and do not run away from “constructive criticism”. It is one of the most valuable learning tools for both new and experienced artists.

3. Forget about money

Yes! You read it right. While money is the ultimate goal for a career, don’t forget that being an artist, your first requirement is to create and enjoy the work. Becoming a full-time artist is a dream of many people but it’s difficult to be persistent. The results might not be as per your expectations and can cause self-doubt sometimes.

In such times you need to remember why you took the path to embark on. Reinvent yourself and come out even stronger from those hard times. If you ever lose your zeal, take a piece of paper and start brainstorming the most exciting things you could create.

Don’t lose the excitement if you can’t generate money initially. Be persistent and everything will fall into place. Just hang in there! 


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4. Find your Artistic Signature

Every artist has a tone of art. Once you’ve developed your technical skills try to understand your artistic style or signature. You’ll eventually discover your artistic tone by practicing more and more. Spend time with yourself and your art. Talk to it! (No matter how crazy it sounds).

In quest of your artistic signature, you must explore new ideas and methods. It’s important to keep an art journal with detailed information on new art projects, past works, and your successes and failures. It will lead to more ideas and a greater understanding of yourself, as an artist. You must learn to talk about your art because if you don’t, NOBODY will.

7 Essential Tips to make your Art Career
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5. Collaborate with other Artists

Talking about your art and goals with other artists will help you to build an art community. Engaging in the art community will influence your artwork in ways you can’t even imagine. It’ll also broaden your horizons. If you get an opportunity to work on collaborative projects with other artists, Hop-On! It’ll help you to grow personally as well as professionally.


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6Jot down a business plan

It’s crucial to have a proper business plan in hand prior to start your art career. You need to have a long term and short term goals and at least 2 contingency plans. Long term goals may include developing a stable client base, quitting a part-time job, earning enough money from art to pay the bills, and so on. And your short term goals must include deadlines, creating a website, increasing your industry contacts, making portfolios & so on. 

7 Essential Tips to make your Art Career
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7. Create a budget

To manage your career in art, creating a budget plan is essential. Most artists often struggle thinking about generating enough profit to even support the budget of tools and supplies. To get a clear picture of the money you’re making and the money you spend is important. It helps you to gauge how much money you’re making as profit.

Take help from accounting software or consult with an accounting professional if needed. So, if you are an artist sitting in your bedroom and dreaming about an art career—Start thinking what budget you are comfortable with.

Good luck!

As Rome wasn’t built in a day, an art career can’t be built overnight. Learn to trust your art, your creativity, and your inner self. You may take years to get steady and reliable income from your art career but the journey is worth fighting for. There is no substitute for perseverance, hard work, determination, and passion for what you choose to do. Make a plan. Have a vision. And go for it. Let the creative juices flow! 

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