I wish I had a dime for every time an artist friend of mine asked "So Matt, how is it that you are able to do what you love, stay creative and actually make money at the same time?"
You might be thinking that sounds too good to be true. I can hear some of you even now... "You can't be a great artist and make money!", "Focus on selling your art and you're on the road to selling out your creativity." or my favorite "I'm just in it for the love of the art."
That's all fine and good until it comes time to pay your light bill, eat and do the things that life requires. I don't know if you're like me but my little boy likes to eat 3 times a day and 4 on Saturdays. Unless you're resigned to living with your parents or bumming off your friends or mooching off the government for the next 50 years, you've got to find a way achieve balance in your life. Balance that values your creative identity and at the same times says that you deserve more than 'just making it'. You were not created to be a starving artist, you were created to thrive!
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Over the last 20 years, I have explored first-hand what it means to cultivate a successful creative career, both in music, marketing and in visual art as a contemporary basketry artist. I've had to figure out how to make a living with my creativity that's both fulfilling and authentic. I've made alot of mistakes and I've also found alot of things that work. Now in my new book“Crafting Your Brand,” (which is actually based on a marketing class I've been teaching for years) I am actually sharing the tips, tricks and strategies I have learned over the years which will help any artistic person - regardless of their medium - achieve success, balance and fulfillment in their creative life.
In “Crafting Your Brand,” you’ll learn key strategies and tools for cultivating your creative life that include things like:
You will also learn detailed information from Matt on how to:
Don't just take my word for it! Here's what my friend Gwynne Rukenbrod, Director of Sales & Marketing at WholesaleCrafts.com said about the book:
“Matt Tommey’s ‘Crafting Your Brand’, is the kind of book I wish
all artists would pick up and use. Not just read, but actually use.
Artists are small businesses and Matt sees the necessity of all artists
to act like entrepreneurs in order to succeed. The journal exercises
and activities along with the comprehensive practical marketing and
business knowledge makes this book invaluable to anyone trying to
make his/her living in the creative filed.”
Believe me... there's alot more out there for you than just getting by. You can be the artist you always dreamed of being. You can have a life of authentic creativity and make money at the same time. You can thrive as an artist!
Take the next step and order your copy of "Crafting Your Brand". It's even available on Kindle so you could start reading in seconds! Do it and then email me to tell me what you think. I'd love to hear from you!
All the best!
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What Others are Saying...
“Matt Tommey’s easy and approachable style of writing shares sound
business principles with artists who want to grow their businesses. He
shares step-by-step methods that any creative entrepreneur can easily
use to increase their exposure and sales, while still loving what they do
every day in the studio.”
Executive Director - The Art Business Institute
Art Marketing Consultant
Founder - ArtsyShark.com
“This book provides easy-to-follow guidelines for artists that feel stuck.
Matt breaks down the basics in a straightforward way and serves it up
with a light touch of humor. So you can stop moping now! Buy this
book. Read it. And start making changes, one simple step at a time. If
your heart is really in it, you will see positive change. “
Wendy H. Outland (aka “WHO”)
Consultant to Visual Artists & Arts Organizations
“Good stuff here! Important information for growing your business in
a concise format. Loved the activities and exercises to ‘make it real’ for
each person reading this!”
Gallery Manager & Consultant - Grovewood Gallery
“This book is packed with must-have information for every artist
looking to turn their artistic passion into a successful art career. I wish
that a comprehensive guide like this had existed when I entered the art
market twenty years ago.”
Broken Road Studio, Asheville, NC
“Whether you’re a seasoned artist growing your brand or a hobbyist
hopeful, there’s an excellent chance that the tip you’re looking for is
inside this book. Start reading!
As a creative person who works with other creatives everyday, I have
observed that the distance between success and failure is often painfully small, and yet unfortunately, talented creative people are the ones who struggle the most figuring it out.
It could be time to learn tricks of the trade from a successful artist who
has navigated a creative life and mastered his niche over many years --
without bowing to status quo!
The author brilliantly addresses topics such as ‘selling out’ versus doing
worthwhile business, and many other beauties like ‘recognizing and
avoiding time suckers’. It’s a quick, often lighthearted read especially
for aspiring artists, filled with valuable lessons.”
Rick Hubbell - “The Slingshot Guy”
Author - “Giants in the Marketplace, Davids in the Pew”
"As someone who has worked as a promoter and advocate for professional craftspeople for fifteen years, I highly recommend Matt
Tommey’s, ‘Crafting Your Brand.’ It is a wonderful guidebook for
craftspeople interested in carrying their business to the next level
while staying true to their art and creativity. Whether you are a new
artist or someone who has been in the field for years, ‘Crafting Your
Brand’ offers practical advice, tools and inspiration to help you focus on the creative road to success."
Public Relations Manager - Southern Highland Craft Guild
Former Gallery Manager & Buyer