Artist or employee – maybe not an either or

We hear from lots of “starving artists.”  You know the routine – you do a demo for your next album and hope to get a $100 gig at a local restaurant to buy groceries tomorrow.  Sell one painting for $300 then wonder how you’ll pay the rent this month.  Get your book published but then wonder how the $1.50 royalty is just compensation for all the work involved.  Not everyone tries to make a living from their “art.” The Story of T.S. Eliot T S Eliot was a British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and “one of the … Read More

I’m afraid charging for my art will hurt my reputation

This is such a common question I wanted to share it here.  Isn’t it cheapening the real process of creating art (music, sculptures, writing, visual art, coaching) if I expect money in return? Andy asks: “Dan, I’m an illustrator and my illustration business is doing well, but I’m afraid I’m more passionate about helping other creatives succeed than I am in making art myself! Here’s my problem: I’m well versed in the strategies used by people like you, Michael Hyatt, and other internet coaches, teachers and speakers on how to monetize this value, BUT I’m afraid that in the commercial … Read More

I’m afraid charging for my art will hurt my reputation

This is such a common question I wanted to share it here.  Isn’t it cheapening the real process of creating art (music, sculptures, writing, visual art, coaching) if I expect money in return? Andy asks: “Dan, I’m an illustrator and my illustration business is doing well, but I’m afraid I’m more passionate about helping other creatives succeed than I am in making art myself! Here’s my problem: I’m well versed in the strategies used by people like you, Michael Hyatt, and other internet coaches, teachers and speakers on how to monetize this value, BUT I’m afraid that in the commercial … Read More