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First Rule: NEVER go through the front door!

Published about 2 months ago • 5 min read

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Call me Bobby Digital because this physical world cannot contain me anymore.

In this edition, we're talking about:

  • Can we put our entire creative lives in one box?
  • How I read between the lines of an article to find opportunities
  • An artist capturing black culture from new perspectives
  • What would you do if you found your spouse was your biggest hater?

But first...

Question of the Day

"How do I market my work and make a sustainable living by attracting loyal fans who love my work and are willing to buy it, all while not losing my passion for art and finding time for personal art and creativity." - Erica W.

This is a complex question, and there's no simple answer, but the shortest answer (opinion) is to maintain and grow an email list/newsletter. It's the best way to stay in touch with your loyalists, and if done right, it won't take you much time, giving you back some free time that you usually would spend on social media dancing for your supper. Instead, use a newsletter to reach out to the people who have invited you into their inbox.

21st Century Digital Boy

I posed a question on Threads asking if people thought a visual creative person could go 100% digital and be successful. Before you answer that in your head (I know you were thinking about it), imagine it cannot include freelance or client-based work.

You can do whatever you want, but I decided this month to experiment with creating a 100% digital career, and I don't mean just writing newsletters. I want to share my creative expression in other ways without producing products.

How does that work exactly? I don't know if it works for me yet, but I can say it starts with One Box.

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I Always Enter Through the Side Door

I have this talent that helps me when sharing content with you. It's not an exclusive talent but a sixth sense that not everyone possesses.

Where others see normality, I see opportunity, and I wish I could bottle it because it would make me rich while helping so many people.

For instance, I read an article on Creative Boom titled 16 of the best online shops to buy original art prints for your home. Most people will read that article, follow some of the shops on Instagram, and maybe even subscribe to their newsletter.

When I read that headline, I thought, "That's sixteen places artists should be submitting their work. Let's share it with the readers."

I don't need to read the article to know there is an opportunity in that story. All I have to do is copy the link and frame the story in a way that helps you think about it differently.

When you get to the Bites section below, read what I wrote and then read the story. Sometimes, I'm dead on and straightforward; other times, I take a side door into the story by giving you a perceived framework before you read it so you can see it as I see it.

Now, imagine you could do that for your art.

What can you share within your social media, blog posts, and newsletters that create a framework for your fans and followers to help them appreciate and understand the work beyond the scope of the visual elements?

Maybe you saw that twist coming, or perhaps you didn't, but it's hard to deny that storytelling is a powerful tool to engage your fans and turn them into buyers.

Storytelling also takes practice; sometimes, people can't develop new stories.

Next week, I'll share a tool I've created to help you tell stories that intrigue and inspire others, potentially turning them into your greatest collectors.

Stay tuned and tell friends.

Art Snacks: Kalin Renée Devone

Bold color, exciting compositions, sharing a new perspective on Black culture; painter and muralist Kalin Devone's art journey takes her into some rare space in the clouds meant for greatness.

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