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How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul (Seventh Edition)

How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul (Seventh Edition)

by Carol Michels

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“Michels explodes the romantic notion of the starving artist.” —The New York Times
“Michels is a tough but compassionate advocate, savvy in the ways of the world and the demands on artists in this materialistic society.” —The Miami Herald
Written for fine artists ready to launch their careers as well as experienced artists who wish to relaunch their careers, How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist, Seventh Edition, an acclaimed guide, empowers artists to take control of their careers to create a fulfilling life and earn a decent income. In this newly revised edition, Caroll Michels continues to demystify the inner workings of the art world and challenge the status quo. New chapters discuss such topics as:

  • New business models for artists: Going to the extreme
  • The use of social media and website development as marketing and publicity tools and what does and doesn’t work
  • The confusion between the “art-buying public” and the “general public” and their differences
  • New suggestions for establishing and calculating prices for artwork
  • Neighborhood gentrification and the growing challenges of securing a reasonably priced live/work space
  • How dealers find artists, how to negotiate with dealers, and how to understand a dealer’s agenda

  • Using her own experiences as an artist as well as the experiences of her clients, Michels crafts a must-read guidebook for anyone interested in embarking upon a successful career as an artist.

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    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781621536185
    Publisher: Allworth
    Publication date: 04/10/2018
    Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Format: NOOK Book
    Pages: 999
    File size: 1 MB
    Age Range: 18 Years

    About the Author

    Caroll Michels is a career coach and artist-advocate. She has helped thousands of artists launch and sustain their careers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and South and Central America. Her artwork has been exhibited in museums, including the Georges Pompidou Museum in Paris, Haus Am Waldsee: Internationale Kunst in Berlin, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Michels has received numerous grants, including those awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture/UNESCO. Michels lived in Manhattan for more than twenty-five years and is now based in Sarasota, Florida.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 Career Development for Artists: Then and Now 1

    Chapter 2 Launching or Relaunching Your Career: Overcoming Career Blocks 19

    Chapter 3 Launching or Relaunching Your Career: Setting Up Shop and Entering the Art World 41

    Chapter 4 Presentation Tools and Packages 69

    Chapter 5 Exhibition and Sales Opportunities: Using Those That Exist and Creating Your Own 97

    Chapter 6 Art Marketing: Digital, Print, and Social Media 131

    Chapter 7 Public Relations and Press Relations: Keep Those Letters and Emails Going Out and Coming In 149

    Chapter 8 Pricing Your Work: How Much Is It Worth? 175

    Chapter 9 Dealing with Dealers 193

    Chapter 10 The World of Grants and Other Fundraising Resources 231

    Chapter 11 Generating Income: Alternatives to Driving a Cab 245

    Chapter 12 Rationalization Paranoia, Competition, the Overwhelm Factor, and Rejecting Rejection 257

    Appendix of Resources 273

    Notes 313

    About the Author 327

    Index 329

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