In this week’s post, we will send you to the Business Trends column for a look at some of the marketing aspects of fine art photography: getting established, finding clients, looking for gallery representation, marketing techniques, and finding your style and direction. Special thanks to these photographers: Sean Bagshaw (Outdoor Exposure Photography, LLC), David Bowman, John Granata (John Granata Fine Art), Robin Hill, and Cheyenne L Rouse. Read more at http://www.shutterbug.com/content/how-sell-your-fine-art-photography-tips-photographers-making-living-your-art#HUKOtTVUbTaL8hIb.99
I am the proud daughter of an aerospace engineer and grew up with space in my blood and maybe even hardwired into my thinking and feeling. My dad took me to see the premiere of the Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, and well, I was hooked. Space was my new frontier.
So pretty much for my entire life, I have followed everything about space – both fiction and nonfiction. I have my favorite authors for science fiction novels and then of course there is the ongoing NASA missions and private ventures by Elon Musk (SpaceX) and Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic). My dad and I used to watch all of the NASA launches and follow all of the news. He would love the intimacy and immediacy of the information we have today (International Space Station @StationCDRKelly !)
My personal Mars encounter was The Phoenix Mars Lander, a 2007 mission of exploration with the landing on May 25, 2008. I had the enormous honor and pleasure to be invited to go to the Tucson facility and watch the landing. The incredible energy in the room and the excitement and tension of people holding their breath through the “seven minutes of terror”… it was amazing, just amazing. I hope all of you get to experience this type of passion, excitement and intensity in your life’s work.
Plus, there’s always cake!
All of this brings me to The Martian, the book by Andy Weir and now the movie directed by Ridley Scott. Go see the movie and read the book. I do recommend doing both (though usually I do not as I am either disappointed in the book once I’ve seen the movie or disappointed in the movie once I’ve read the book.) But not this time, wonderful experience all around.
Probably going to go see it again tonight, my space odyssey continues…what is yours?
It is August, so let’s get personal! I have been thinking a lot about fear lately and how letting fear “be my friend” has helped me so much in my life and career. It started when I was thinking about raising children. When you are first raising little ones, you are most concerned with their safety and maintenance (“don’t put that in your month”, “don’t touch the stove, “do wash your hands, and “do brush your teeth”). This takes pretty much all your time, attention and energy. If you are lucky enough to get to do the same thing much later in your life, that part comes second-nature and allows you to focus more on the emotional well-being of the littles.
I noticed that when a little kid says “I’m scared” it is usually not the monster-under-the-bed fear but more of a WHOA-I-don’t-know-what’s-going-to-happen fear. As a creative professional, you should be able to totally relate to this for all of the business and marketing issues we deal with every day. Issues such as getting paid what you want, client conflict, production problems, asking for work, sometimes even asking for anything!
When the littles say “I’m scared” in a WHOA-I-don’t-know-what’s-going-to-happen situation, I now always reply the same way, “Yes, you are afraid because you have not done this a hundred times.” And then it struck me, that’s what I have always said to myself when faced with the same type of fear for business and career issues. Every time I push through and take action, confidence grows and fear subsides.
When you allow fear to stop you, you are not using it for its essential value – a warning, a caution. But a “stop” sign is just that – stop and then make your turn. Stop and then take the action. Stop – look both ways – then cross the street.
Don’t stay standing on the corner, you will be there forever.