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Now displaying: May, 2019

Looking for art career inspiration and ideas while you’re working in the studio or schlepping your art across the country? Alyson Stanfield helps you be a more productive artist, a more empowered artist, and a more successful artist. https://ArtBizSuccess.com/podcasts/

May 30, 2019
What would it be like to pack up your art supplies and live in an entirely new country? Today’s guest, Marcus McAllister, left the United States over 20 years ago to live in Paris, and has been making a living as an artist there for the past 17 years. In this episode, Marcus talks about his decision to live abroad, his sketchbooks, the sources of his income, and the importance of relationships.

 

In this interview, you will hear about:

  • How Marcus has been scrappy yet intentional about his business and career.

  • His sketchbooks (and why he doesn’t even walk the dog without taking one with him).

  • Marcus’s first memories of living on an Army base in Little Rock, Arkansas.

  • How Marcus ended up in Paris and transitioned to a full time artist, and the transition within his career to getting there.

  • The way Marcus overcame the language barrier and presented himself as an artist to find work.

  • Why Marcus thinks it’s hard for artists to call themselves artists, and why it’s important for artists to own that title.

  • The dedication Marcus has to always having a sketchbook on him, with over 100 now in his possession.

  • The different sources of income Marcus has including original work, mentoring, and hosting workshops.

  • How Marcus keeps his expenses minimal, and is open to be vulnerable and authentic when times are financially tough.

  • The connection between creativity, struggle, and doubt.

  • Marcus’s go-to marketing methods and how he promotes his shows.

  • The important connections Marcus has made through his relationships over the years, and why he thinks all artists would benefit from spending more time cultivating relationships.

  • How Marcus makes the initial contact when networking, and how he follows up and stays in touch.

  • His tradition of Sunday teas in the studio and the importance of listening to your gut and knowing when it’s time to evolve and shift into something new.

  • How working as an artist can involve a lot of solitude, and Marcus’s advice to artists who aren’t as gregarious as he is.

  • Etiquette for networking at events as an artist, and why you shouldn’t be afraid to let those business cards fly.

 

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May 9, 2019
Jill Powers is a sculptor, installation artist and educator who creates art related to ecological issues. Jill discusses how her events educate, delight and challenge the viewer, and how she came to seek out unique collaborations with area businesses, organizations and experts. Jill also describes the many programs she has organized, and how she did it while balancing her own artistic commitments. You’ll hear about how she worked with dancers, scientists, and restaurants beyond gallery walls.

 

In this interview, you will hear about:

  • Jill’s background both in art and education, and her passion to create and teach in different settings.

  • Two Colorado exhibitions: Plants and Insects in a Time of Change at the Firehouse Art Center in 2013 and Hold Fast: Seaweeds in a Time of Oceanic Change at the Dairy Art Center in 2016.

  • The curatorial thesis of experiencing art that opens doors to the message.

  • The actual work that was on view for each exhibit.

  • The benefits of becoming involved in your community and collaboration beyond what seems possible.

  • The clever way Jill’s exhibitions included everyone from dancers, to chefs and scientists.

  • The film night she organized as part of a public program.

  • The funding that took place in order to successfully run the exhibits.

  • The obstacles she faced in pulling off both events with over 3 years of planning.

  • Her way of using volunteers and organizing systems to help her stay focused and on track.

  • What led her to recognize the value in involving others and making the art more meaningful.

  • The immersive aspect of her exhibits including live samples of seaweed at a tasting station and using music to set the mood.

  • Her advice for artists who may consider becoming more involved in their community, and why enthusiasm and personal connection is so impactful.

  • A glimpse into what’s next for her in the future, including a book based on her teaching and life experiences.

 

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