CAROLL MICHELS

Career Coach & Artist-Advocate

HOW TO SURVIVE AND PROSPER AS AN ARTIST

Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul

by Caroll Michels (Henry Holt & Company, New York). 6th edition, revised and updated 2009.  Available in print and as an ebook.  The Appendix of Resources is available free of charge online.  An audio version is available free of charge to members of Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic).

This updated and revised classic handbook puts to rest the popular myth of the starving artist. There is plenty of room in the art world for artists to make a good living - if they are willing to take an active stand in promoting their careers. Michels shows those who would like to make a living from their art work how to navigate the often bewildering corridors of power that lead to success in the art world. Filled with art marketing and art business advice and information.  An audio version of the book is available free of charge to members of Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic). http://www.learningally.org

Chapters

  1. Launching or Relaunching Your Career: Overcoming Career Blocks
  2. Launching or Relaunching Your Career: Entering the Marketplace
  3. Presentation Tools and Packages
  4. Art Marketing and the Internet
  5. Pricing Your Work: How Much Is It Worth?
  6. Public Relations: Keep Those Cards and Letters Coming In and Going Out
  7. Exhibition and Sales Opportunities: Using Those That Exist and Creating Your Own
  8. Dealing with Dealers and Psyching Them Out
  9. The Mysterious World of Grants: Fact and Fiction
  10. Generating Income: Alternatives to Driving a Cab
  11. Rationalization, Paranoia, Competition, Rejection, and the Overwhelm Factor
  12. Appendix of Resources

"Michels writes in terse, instructive sentences, and never lets us off the hook: ‘If you want to avoid fulfilling your potential as an artist, there are many ways of going about it. Excuses are easy to find [and] the fear list can go on an on’." Kathleen Massara, Huffington Post

Excerpts from How to Survive & Prosper as an Artist

Excuses and Fear

"If you want to avoid fulfilling your potential as an artist, there are many ways of going about it. Excuses are easy to find. It is also easy to blame others for disappointments and place the onus of rejection on other people’s shoulders. It is also easy to become paralyzed by insecurities and fears – a fear of the marketplace – a fear of rejection – a fear of not measuring up to the talents of other artists. The fear list can go on and on.”


Copyright 2016 by Caroll Michels. All rights reserved.