12/09/2004: "Paying for an Art Consultation"
There is a link from artbusiness.com called ďConsulting for Artists from Artbusiness.comĒ which states:
ďYou think you're a good artist and you make good art, right? You think your art deserves to be shown at galleries and that people should buy it, right? Good. So let's talk about why you think these things, how you intend to reach your goals, and see what I have to say. It'll take an hour, it'll cost you $150, and you won't regret it. If you're at all unclear about what to do or how to do it, I can assure you that by the time we're done talking, you'll be focused and ready to go.Ē
Iím actually considering doing this. Iím starting to feel like I want to branch out more and I have some specific questions about that. For example, should I try to show more in Anchorage (a bigger city than Juneau here in Alaska) or should I try to get a show at a gallery somewhere on the West Coast, like Washington state or Oregon? Or maybe I should go for somewhere like Chicago or Pittsburgh where it might be considered more exotic to be from Alaska?
Getting shows Outside is insanely competitive and Iíve been holding back from trying out of fear of rejection. But as we all know, rejection is inevitable if you're an artist. I have someone right now interested in setting up a show for me in Baltimore for this summer, but that is just too soon and I'm dragging my heels a little. Also because it's a gallery upstairs from a restaurant and although it might be a great space, I kind of want to try for something more official (does that sound snobby?)
I really donít know what the best next move is to take. Iíve decided that I donít want formal gallery representation or an agent, but I do want to get my work seen (in person) by a larger number of people than what Juneau has to offer.
Do you think that paying an expert for an hours worth of advice would be a good investment? Or maybe I'm still not ready?