All I Got for My Membership Was This Lousy T-shirt

Not so long ago, I used to be part of a photography organization that had a space where members could hang their work for sale. The space also had lighting…

The “Starving Artist” Meme

Artists seem to avoid entrepreneurship like it is the plague. Many artists think making art for money is “selling out,” or that money will somehow pollute their artistic integrity, or…

“American Idol” Survival Guide

“American Idol” (FOX) isn’t just a singing contest. It’s basically a televised audition process to produce the next pop music star.  Year after year, teens and adults audition for the…

Creative Tribes

Even without my practice, I have an eclectic group of creative people in my life. My creative tribe includes filmmakers, glass mosaic artists, photographers, writers, dog trainers, programmers, entrepreneurs, dance…

Share Your Vision, Your Values, and Your Story with Your Customers

In a recent post, I talked about my client, Dale, who is in the craft business. We were on the discussion about his artist bio, and Dale told shared with…

Sell to Connoisseurs, Not Consumers

The average person can’t tell why a $40 million Picasso is beautiful.  They just know everyone else thinks it is.  The average person couldn’t tell you the difference between a…

The Solution is in the Problem

One of my clients came to me with the goal of trying to get into the craft business. For now, let’s call him Dale. Like many entrepreneurial artists, Dale had…

Don’t Let the Recession Drive Your Prices Down

In a time of recession, there is a reluctant tendency to lower prices. Rather than targeting people who can’t afford your services, target the ones who can. Think of creative…

The Art of Reinventing Yourself

Oprah Winfrey is an artist, and her life is her canvas. She is a woman who constantly reinvents herself. She started out with a tabloid television show, and then transformed…

The Zen of Cleaning the Pagoda

Oranges, and lions, and bakwas! “Oh my!” as George Tikei would say. It’s Chinese Lunar New Year! Yes, it’s that time of year when every member of the Chinese family…

8 Ways to Support Your Local Creative Community

Although many communities support local businesses, supporting local art seems to be a different story. Our homes are filled with poster art of long dead artists, our furniture looks like…

Be an Artist, Not a Tourist

When I used to work at a camera store, I would be dumbfounded by the number of people that would buy cameras and lenses worth thousands of dollars, but would…