Articles on Creativity

The Secret to Overcoming Creative Block

We have all heard if, if not experienced, the mythical beast called writer's block. Yes, that's right. I said it. It's a myth. Let's go back to the definition of myth: A popularly held, but erroneous, belief. It has all the checkpoints of a myth. It's certainly a...

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Articles on Artistic Fulfillment

The Natural Evolution of an Artist

Where are you right this moment in your creative career? Do you feel like there should be something more to your life? Do you have an incomplete feeling, like somehow there's something you should be doing ... but you don't know what it is? Or have you arrived at a...

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Why Should An Artist Be Unhappy?

You are an artist. You've graduated from art school, or you may be self-taught. You've done portraits, spec pieces, gotten shown in a gallery. Perhaps you've had work published in a major magazine or book. You've been a small part of a large effort that got a lot of...

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Articles on Marketing Your Art

6 Steps To Selling Your Creative Work

Selling Doesn't Have To Be Scary Words like "selling" can be terrifying to an artist. I certainly avoided the word like the plague nearly all of my life, ever since I was pressed into selling magazines for my school fundraiser. It was here, in sixth grade, that I...

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Articles on Your Creative Business

12 Ways Fear Stops Artists Dead In Their Tracks

As painful as this is… It’s time to talk about fear. Nobody except for crazy people are immune to fear. Artists are especially vulnerable to fear, because by necessity we have to be sensitive to the world around us. We get used to our fears. We're so accustomed to...

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How To Sell Your Art Without Feeling Bad About It

Why do we think of sales as a dirty process to be avoided? Are our negative experiences with invasive telemarketers and over-inquisitive department store staff causing us to see all sales in a negative way? I can certainly relate with that feeling. I value my privacy...

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11 Steps to Better Finances for Artists and Creatives

It almost seems like they don't belong in the same sentence: "finance" and "art".   In fact, many who create for a living prefer to just make pretty stuff and let others do the "dirty work" of number crunching. But to completely abstain from all personal...

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6 Steps To Selling Your Creative Work

Selling Doesn't Have To Be Scary Words like "selling" can be terrifying to an artist. I certainly avoided the word like the plague nearly all of my life, ever since I was pressed into selling magazines for my school fundraiser. It was here, in sixth grade, that I...

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Articles on Having The Proper Artist Mindset

Are You Talented Enough To Make It As An Artist?

"Motivation will almost always beat mere talent." – Norman Ralph Augustine "Am I talented enough?" The temptation is to ask yourself this question every day. But it's folly to do this. Talent is just a starting point. It's the hand you're dealt. But as any good poker...

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Sell The Outcome, Not The Art

It's easy to get wrapped up in the product we are creating, at the expense of recognizing its end result. What sells is not pixels, posters, or paint. What people want is the outcome. In sales circles, they frequently talk about a person selling drills. To sell a...

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How Everyone Can Benefit From A Charity Art Auction

This is, quite literally, what a stampede for art looks like. (Click the video below.) This depicts the scene at a recent art event called Canvas For A Cause, benefitting the Children's Medical Center of Dallas. The annual art auction was held at ReelFX Creative...

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Rich Artist, Poor Artist

Do you have a rich mindset… or a poor one? I wasn't born a natural entrepreneur. I had to be trained. ~ Robert Kiyosaki A few years ago I read an amazing little book. You may have heard of it. The book is called “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. Robert makes it...

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The Luck Myth

It never ceases to amaze me how we are so fascinated by the concept of luck. It’s fickle, unpredictable, and cantankerous. And yet an entire city, Las Vegas, has been built on the very concept of it. Millions of dollars change hands in lotteries, horse races, and...

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The Passion Myth

How many times have you heard the following phrase related to not just creative endeavors, but just about any venture that requires human effort and will to accomplish? "All you need is passion." Hearing this phrase always causes me to scratch my head. Because the way...

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