This week, three of my coaching clients told me they had landed important opportunities as a result of reaching out to people. They have learned the value of nurturing relationships. As I wrote in “Follow The Laws of Nature to Grow Art Career Relationships”, I encourage you to grow your art career relationships with as much fervor as you use in creating your artwork. All successful artists know relationships are key to growing your art career.
Here are comments on the subject from interviews with artists Darlene Kaplan, Roopa Dudley, Hamish Blakely and Barbara Rachko. They share the benefits they can be derived from your efforts. I hope their sage advice motivates you. You’ll find full-length interviews on this website. Please click on the links below their statements to read the interviews and see their artwork.
Darlene Kaplan “Join Art Organizations”
Darlene Kaplan offers this advice: “Join all local art organizations. When I first started to take my art seriously I joined every local art organization that I knew of. Attending meetings and socializing with members helped to get established in the art community. All of the art organizations held juried and non-juried art exhibitions which I entered. ”
Darlene belongs to 13 arts organizations including National Sumi-e Society. She is the President of the National Chapter. Being a member helped her build her painting classes. “From being a member of many art organizations, eventually they asked me to do demonstrations of my art which led to attracting students. I now teach two classes a week in addition to an annual 6-day workshop usually held in August.”
Roopa Dudley “Forging Strong Relationships is Key to Success”
Roopa Dudley states emphatically, “Never underestimate the power of relationships”. She continues, “Forging strong relationships is the key to having a great business and your success as an artist. You never know who will end up loving your art and buying it or blogging about it or presenting you with an opportunity to have a solo exhibit.”
She encourages artists to go beyond the casual acquaintance and nurture your relationships. “Get to know people and their interests. Connect with them beyond pleasantry. Be authentic and keep everyone you know updated about your art through emails and newsletters.”
Hamish Blakely “Have A Good Team”
Hamish Blakely shares, “An artist must have a good team to work with, so that everyone is working towards the same thing. This has to be done with as much passion as the artist can muster. In this sense, it is all a collaboration. The painter or sculptor is not the only creative agent in the equation; the curator, the PR company and the Gallery staff all have choices in the way they manage and promote the work. If they are all passionate, it makes a huge difference to how that exhibition will be received.”
Barbara Rachko “Build A Support Network”
Barbara Rachko states, “I am most proud of my global network of friends, collectors, and fans who enjoy and support my work. Over the years, thanks to direct personal contact and social media, many have become valued friends.” For the past few years Barbara has focused extensively on social media and other sorts of creative marketing. “My efforts have built significant name recognition – many more people around the world know about me and about my work.”
To artists artists who are beginning their careers, share advises, “Build a support network among your fellow artists, teachers, and friends. It’s tough to be an artist starting out.”
Read interview with Barbara Rachko.