In 2010 a series of survey questions were posted on my blog as a means of ‘taking the pulse’ of the online art community. More than 40 questions were posed and the results of the survey were presented as sidebars in my book The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed. The survey tapped into a range of issues, both practical and psychological, related to being an artist today.
Today's questions and original survey results from The Pulse of Mixed Media:
How do you feel about the "business side" of being an artist?
This aspect is usually problematic for me…53%
Don't really embrace the business side but I handle it well…28%
I feel equally able to focus on both creativity and business...12%
The business side is easy: it is the creating that is hard...2%
If you sell your work, do you have trouble with pricing?
No, I have a system that works for me…8%
Yes, but overall I am comfortable with my pricing decisions…42%
Yes, and as a result I tend to underprice…48%
Yes, and as a result I tend to overprice…2%
And a taste of what our panel members had to say:
Mary Beth Shaw: "Coming from my previous life in corporate America, I find the business side inevitable and easy...of course that doesn't mean I like it."
Marie Otero: "I think the key is in recognizing where you want to go with your art and understanding what it will take for you to achieve your goals."
Ronda Palazzari: "While the business side of is not my favorite part and I would rather be creating, I appreciate that I have to take care of it in order to create."
Angela Wales Rockett: "I am learning to be clear with myself about my own definition of success, and not to compare my efforts and results with somebody else's."