It is not ourselves vs the world

To live off our art, we need to sell it.

Maybe like me, you wondered “Is social media X better than social media Y?”, “how many followers do I need to make a living?” or “Am I good enough?”, “Is a website better than an Artstation or Instagram?”

Let’s take a step back: Notice anything in particular with these questions?

YES! They’re self centered. (I’m sure you guessed it).
Because we focus on ourselves, we disconnect from the world, we create our own reality. One where skills deserve to be rewarded. One where we have control over it.

Ourselves disconnected from the world

I’ve spent the last couple of years digging into these questions. Instead of listening to people painting for a living, I turned toward people selling for a living: Marketers.

From the marketing standpoint, selling is not about them, it’s about the audience.

How can their product best help the audience to improve their lives?

This is the first principle. It is not ourselves versus the world. We can't expect outsiders to the craft to understand insider's knowledge. Make people understand the way we work, the way we should get paid, what quality to expect.
Does your mechanic get mad at you for not understanding how your car works?

As artists, we’re part of the world, our art connects us to it. Instead, we can learn from marketers and look to understand our audience. Who they are, why do they follow us? Why do they buy from us or hire us?

Listening to others might surprise us!

When it comes to selling, marketers' principles are different from the advice we get in the art field. Because they specialize.

Our specialization doesn’t come even close to theirs when it comes to selling stuff. We paint, they sell.

Artist vs Marketer, they specialize differently.

What can help us?

  • Find people that sell something very similar - or even better, yourself, if you already sell stuff.
  • Ask yourself WHY people did buy from you (or that specific artist).
  • How does your art help them better their lives?
  • Write that hypothesis down.
Once you have that hypothesis, feel free to share what you’ve found with me and jump to the next post : Shifting Perspective!

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