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5 steps to grow your art career in 2024

To make it big as an artist in 2024, it’s not just about being talented. You need a smart plan. Whether you want more people to see your art, attract investors, or do better at art fairs, having a clear roadmap for your art career is crucial.

As we say bye to 2023 and welcome 2024, it’s like turning a new page in our life story. If you love making art, you know that being creative is a journey that never really stops – there’s always more to discover, new things to try, and ways to get better. That’s why, as the new year begins, it’s a good time to think about how we want to grow our art career and make positive changes, both in our art and our lives.

But let’s be real, figuring out what steps to take can be a bit puzzling. No stress, though – we’ve got your back. Whether you’re into painting, taking photos, working with clay, or sketching, this article spills the beans on five easy steps to boost your art game in 2023. So, stick around, and let’s break down the journey to success into five simple steps. 

Step.1 Know why you want to take these steps?

waiting BY ASTRID VLASMANPAPER/Collage on canvas, 2019

Connect with the essence of why you are taking these steps in the first place. Before diving into the nitty-gritty of making changes and devising strategies, take a moment to reflect. Why are these steps for a successful art career important to you? What impact will it have on your life or your art?

Goals that have depth and personal meaning are the ones that stick. Consider a common New Year’s change, perhaps related to health. It’s not just about shedding ten pounds; it’s about embracing a healthier, longer, and happier life. It’s about gaining confidence, playing sports with your kids, or simply enjoying more time outdoors.

Now, let’s apply this reflection to your art career. Whether it’s boosting sales or expanding your network, go beyond the surface. Increasing sales and growing your network opens doors to social opportunities and keeps your creative juices flowing – that’s the heart of your journey.

As you embark on this path, don’t lose sight of the “why.” Find meaning in the process, relish the moments at gallery openings, and savor collaborations. If you tend to seek immediate results, consider breaking free from that perfectionist trap. While outcomes matter, remember the root reason behind you wanting to take these steps, and let that be your guiding light. It’s not just about the destination; it’s about enjoying the journey and finding fulfillment in the steps you take.

Step. 2 Promise yourself to set aside some time each day

Step into the studio of success by dedicating regular time to your art. Building a thriving career as an artist is a journey that demands time and effort—lots of it. Successful artists share a common trait: an unwavering commitment to their craft. They’re not afraid of hard work, and you’ll often find them consistently and constantly in the studio, creating.

lady on chair BY ASTRID VLASMAN
PAPER/COLLAGE ON CANVAS, 2019

Selling art is like playing the numbers game. To secure steady sales, your artwork needs to be seen by a large number of potential buyers across various platforms. This requires a robust and substantial body of work. The key to achieving this? Making art your full-time pursuit. Many successful artists took the leap into full-time artistry before finding financial success.

Now, we understand that going full-time in art is a significant challenge. Life and family commitments sometimes make it impossible to leave steady employment. Does this mean giving up on the dream of a successful art career? Absolutely not. The key is to assess the time you have available and establish a schedule that lets you create while meeting other commitments. Carve out specific, regular time dedicated to your art

Step. 3 Make sure you show enough of your work

Now that you’ve dedicated time to your art, the next step for a fantastic new year as an artist is to showcase your work. Whether it’s online or in local galleries, getting your art out there is key. Share it on social media, create a portfolio, or participate in community events. 

Consider taking your art to a global stage by joining ATH Magazine Issue 5. This opportunity allows you to share your artwork not only locally but also globally among other talented artists. It’s a chance to showcase not just your art but also the story and message behind it. Your unique perspective deserves a broader audience, and ATH Magazine provides a platform to let your creativity resonate worldwide. So, as you step into the new year, think about the impact your art can make on a global scale through this exciting avenue!

The more eyes on your work, the better. This step not only builds your audience but also opens doors for potential buyers and opportunities. Remember, your art deserves to be seen, so let the world discover your creative brilliance in the coming year!

Step. 4 Give up on comparison and waiting for other’s approval 

Comparing yourself to others is a trap that can hinder your creative journey. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and dwelling on these comparisons won’t lead you anywhere productive. As an emerging artist, it’s easy to get caught up in measuring yourself against someone with decades of experience or someone just starting out. Instead, shift your focus inward.

after the shower BY ASTRID VLASMANPAPER/COLLAGE ON canvas, 2022

Invest your energy in comparing your recent work with what you created six months, a year, or five years ago. Ask yourself: Have you grown? Where do you envision yourself in the future? By comparing only to your past self, you can measure your progress and set meaningful goals for the year 2024.

Most importantly let go of the craving for constant praise; not everyone will love your work, and that’s perfectly okay – in fact, it’s better that way. Embrace the fact that your technique or subject might not resonate with everyone; it means you’re delving into something interesting and unique.

Self-doubt may creep in, but realize the power in not aiming for universal approval. As an artist, your purpose isn’t to churn out the most popular mass-produced art for retail giants. Your true job is to convey something meaningful and connect with someone on a personal level.

Consider this: Would you still create your art if no one would ever see it? If the answer is a resounding yes, then you’re on the right track. It’s tempting to get caught up in the praise of social media, those waves of “likes” validating your work. However, successful artists understand that true growth stems from an internal drive, not the external applause. So, as you navigate the art world, focus on expressing yourself authentically rather than seeking constant external validation.

Step.5 Grow your skills, plan on learning something new

The final pivotal step in your artistic journey is to consider joining art classes. Regardless of your skill level, art classes provide a structured and supportive environment for learning and growth. These classes offer valuable insights, techniques, and the chance to interact with fellow artists, fostering a sense of community and shared creativity.

Whether it’s a local workshop, an online course, or a class at a nearby art studio, enrolling in art classes can open up new avenues for skill development and artistic exploration. Learning from experienced instructors and engaging with diverse perspectives can significantly enhance your craft.

Additionally, art classes provide an opportunity to receive direct feedback, helping you identify areas for improvement and refine your unique style. Embracing a mindset of continuous learning not only strengthens your technical skills but also enriches the depth and authenticity of your artistic expression. So, take the leap and explore art classes that align with your interests and goals. The knowledge gained and the connections formed in these classes can contribute immensely to your ongoing artistic journey.

bulgarian girl BY ASTRID VLASMANPAPER/COLLAGE ON CANVAS, 2020

Moreover, artists seeking community and exposure can explore joining the ATH Directory, a platform tailored for artists to connect and showcase their work. This directory serves as a hub for networking with fellow artists, sharing experiences, and gaining visibility within a supportive artistic community. By becoming part of such a directory, you not only expand your network but also create opportunities for collaboration and shared growth.

So, as you embark on your artistic education through classes, consider extending your reach by joining platforms like the ATH Directory. It’s a fantastic way to amplify your presence in the art world, connect with like-minded individuals, and foster collaborations that can further elevate your artistic journey.

As we say goodbye to this year and get ready for the new one, let’s think of it as a fresh start for your art journey. Take what you’ve learned about not needing constant praise, understanding why you create art, joining art classes, and being part of platforms. Imagine the upcoming year as a new canvas for your art.

Face the challenges and celebrate the victories that come with being an artist. Remember, your growth comes from staying strong, learning from experiences, and sticking to your passion. Let this year be a showcase of your artistic progress, where each creation tells the story of your dedication.

May your coming year be full of inspiration, new ideas, and endless possibilities for your growing art career. Cheers to a year filled with creativity and success!

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