"Being connected to social media is one of the keys to my art success. I believe it is essential for any artist to use it, especially in today's art world. "If you are an artist who is starting out for the first time, you must establish connections with art collectors, museums, galleries, agents, etc.
Although it took me many years to achieve international recognition, I believe portals to art worlds involving facebook, friendfeed, twitter, linkedin, and flickr helped to introduce my artwork to thousands of viewers over time. This is especially true for self taught artists, like myself, who have little money for advertising. Your most important tool is social media.
Among my success stories are two of my favorite places to acquire new clients and viewers: Facebook & Twitter.
FACEBOOK FAN PAGE
It's very important to start a facebook fan page and upload your photos so clients, agencies and more can view your work right away and at their convenience.
Currently my facebook fan page has 1,344 fans and counting. Each day I acquire from 2 to 10 more.
44 sales of original paintings,
4 Interviews & and an agent.
My faithful admirers also lend support and comments, and I also use my fan page to list special coupons, events, art news and more.
My second favorite social media tool is twitter. I tweet my art news and new work every day and up to 5 to 10 times throughout the day so my followers can see what I am up to.
If you are posting to twitter be sure to add a link to your art gallery, etsy shop or personal website so your twitter followers can view your work in one simple step.
Remember to connect your twitter to your face book pages so you can post to one and have it post automatically to the other. Very helpful if you are juggling social media and daily painting.
TIPS FOR ARTISTS
1. Make a List
Create a list or spreadsheet of all your social media links and pages, so you can refer to it as time goes on. Believe me, I failed to do this step and I am sorry now. I am still compiling my list and have realized that I am a member of over 300 websites from free art listings to social networks.
2. Bulletin Board
Buy or make a bulletin board to put next to your PC so you can write down who you are targeting daily. For example: Monday - Post to twitter 4 times, upload new work to face book, post a blog to your ning network, order art supplies Tuesday - Write a blog post, contact 2 licensing agencies, Post to twitter 3 times, list coupon code on fan page, etc.
Educate yourself on new media resources. Buy good books about the art market: such as "How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul" by Carol Michels and "Artists & Graphic Designer's Market" which has over 1000 listings for art galleries, greeting card companies, print publishers, and more.
I see the art industry changing for the better and for sales to pick up in 2010. I believe that the public is starting to realize how important creativity and original art is, and why we should educate our children to include the arts in their lives. What is the world without music or beautiful artwork to view? What would become of us without the arts? We need the arts to talk to our souls, enrich our lives and move forward.
Remember: It is very hard to climb to the top of any mountain but in the end it is worth the struggle if it is what you truly want!
Keep pushing forward and making new contacts. With each day there is new hope. Faith in yourself that you will succeed is crucial to your success.
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