I am proud to say that I am a recipient of an Artist Development Grant offered by the Vermont Arts Council! I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue investing in my business and art.
To work as an artist is also to be a small business owner. I manage the accounts, paperwork, website, mailings, supplies, schedule, events, clients and then I get to make the art. I am constantly learning new skills, some of which are fun to learn (revisiting Spanish) and others are not (Quickbooks), but the long hours are completely worth it.
This might be a better way to describe the balancing act of art and business:
I recently attended a class sponsored by the Vermont Arts Council called “Breaking into Business.” I would suggest this class to any artist hoping to improve or start their business. I’ve been working as a photographer for a few years, so some of the information presented by our excellent lecturers was review, but context made all the difference. My time was spent engaging with useful resources and a class full of dedicated artists. It’s always hard to carve out the time to attend a class, but it’s usually well-spent and extremely valuable – from understanding day-to-day time management to why I need updated business cards.
To me, being a small business owner is all about consistency. The steady pursuit of goals helps me create meaningful art.