Listen, I get the fact that business can seem like a foreign language. When I started learning sales, marketing and PR right out of college and while on the job, it was a radical departure from studying Shakespeare and the Cecchetti method of ballet.
I mean, I was a nerdy dancer girl through my whole childhood and adolescence! Then I graduated from Georgetown. Suddenly, I found myself writing ad copy for the US Army on foreign soil. Talk about radical.
At that time, I also started writing freelance travel articles and spent a lot of time after hours submitting them to every English language publication I could find listed at the library. Man, I wish the Internet had been available back then! Wading through reference books and making copies of magazine mastheads to find editor addresses was a PAIN. And I had to actually use SNAIL MAIL. From GERMANY! Jeez.
Then, once I started submitting articles, it seemed like I got at least one rejection letter every week. Most of them were form letters, if any came at all. Once in awhile I'd get a little feedback, but it was usually pretty harsh. My only choice was to develop a Teflon barrier to protect my emotions. It's rough putting your soul-baring creations out there, right??
But here's something weird: The more I submitted and got rejected, the tougher I got. Those rejection letters fueled my motivation, focused me on improving my craft, pushed me to submit to more editors and eventually got me published. True story.
Point: If I can do it, so can you.
I KNOW it's hard work. I KNOW it's hard on your nerves, your heart, your time and patience. I get that some days, your creativity wins out over your marketing, networking and PR plans. And some days, your creativity hides in the closet. Yep, been there, too.
So what's a hardworking Artist to do? Put together a plan and stick to it, like 90% of the time. Get organized, at least a little bit. Stop beating up on yourself. Get out and talk to people about your work, even if you only do it online.
Does that whole idea scare you? Make you feel like running away and hiding in the closet? Yeah, I understand that, too. I'd love to help you feel more comfortable with that foreign language most people call business. I'd be superjazzed to help you build your Art business. Why don't we talk about it over coffee? Message me and we'll set up a heart to heart appointment.
Meanwhile, take a moment to browse my services.
See you on the flipside! ;)
© 2014 Pamela C Wills, Int’l
Revolution Ringleader Pamela Wills teaches Artists around the globe how to stop dabbling in their art, call the shots and start making BANK from their talents to positively impact the cultural landscape. Get her FREE eBook gift to you at www.pamelacwills.com to get rolling today!