When working as an artist, setting up a business or having an already well established one, you need to get yourself out there. People aren’t going to see our art work if it stays in the spare room or a drawer at the back of the house. It doesn’t mean we have to go crazy, do it all now, go into drive or a mission, but we do need to put ourselves out there and be prepared for rejection.
Not everyone will like our work, but everyone will buy, not every gallery will say yes. But the first steps are to contact galleries, shops, coffee shops, look locally then expand. Enter exhibitions ( keep an eye on closing dates, I just missed one by days, whoops learning there) places where there is potential in showing your work.
Build a free website, it doesn’t have to cost and arm and a leg to start, show / sell your work on online communities like Etsy. Build social media presence, use platforms like twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc. Connect with people but don’t make it about the sell.
Most of all honour yourself and what you life. The art works is a finicky place, loaded with pretentiousness, critique, judgement, jealousy, competition, disregard, arrogance, elitism but it’s not all like that - there are some very supportive and humble people out there,
Stay true to yourself, there is a way you can make art and be in the art world without getting affected and smashed by it.
For me it starts with my body, what I hear you say, what's not getting affected by the art world go to do with your body? Well, if I'm tired, exhausted, eating crap food, in my head, I can get really affected by things around me, by life, especially when I'm exhausted I really react to things, and take stuff on, other peoples stuff on, which I don't need to and it doesn't help. It makes me feel worse.
But today for example, I started the day with some light weights an exercises on the fit ball, not out of a regime, or drive, buy my body simply felt it needed to stretch and do some weight exercise, so rather than ignore it, I listened and felt great afterwards, it really set me up for the day. So that's a note in my invisible book, of things that truly support me to stay connect with myself and that I feel great after doing.
Really it all comes back to the body and not ignoring it, the more I listen the more solid, steady and confident I feel in myself. And that flows into the rest of my life and day, I can observe life much more, and deal with things from a totally different space and place.