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The Hungry

By Dave Conrey

The Hungry serves up practical and actionable creative business news, information, and insights twice weekly. Join thousands of other artists, designers, and creative professionals looking to demystify marketing, strategy, selling techniques, and the technology necessary to run a thriving business.

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Best way to start anything? Steal from others!

We are 1000% in test and tune mode. I've been trying new things here, YouTube, Instagram, and soon LinkedIn, because I feel like there might be an opportunity worth investigating. That leads me to a question I asked a few people last week. Do you share your creative work on LinkedIn? Reply to this note and let me know either way. Also, if you want to connect there, share your URL because I have some bold ideas on the topic. This edition of The Hungry is in partnership with Beehiiv. Don't...

1 day ago • 6 min read

I’m back from paradise and ready to grow a business big enough to go back again. Who’s with me? Before I dig in, I have a question for you. Do you have a full-time career outside of your creative work? Reply to this email and let me know. I stumbled into an idea that took off with people on Threads this week, and I am cooking up a plan; I’d love your help. [Partner] Starting a Newsletter Takes Effort. Beehiiv Makes It Easy. Name a popular email service provider, and I've probably tried it....

8 days ago • 6 min read

Aloha, I’m about to embark on a week-long Hawaiian vacation with the family, so there won’t be a broadcast next week. I will be writing because that never stops, but this update will have to sustain you for a few weeks. Also, before I get started, I have a special request for any ConvertKit users at the bottom, but I won’t leave out the non-CK users. This edition of The Hungry is in partnership with Shopify. What’s the Big Idea? If you consider the logistics of being a full-time artist, the...

22 days ago • 5 min read

Welcome to Spring and, with it, art fair season—You can almost taste the pretentiousness. This edition of The Hungry is in partnership with Shopify. Overcoming Objections I read an article today on how marketers use copywriting to handle objections. I'm not sharing the link because it's not a great article, but it got me thinking about how creatives do not know how to handle objections because they don't practice countering them. The strategy is simple and, with practice, can shift how we...

29 days ago • 4 min read

Sorry, I’m late. I’ve been waiting in line at the Apple Store to pick up the brand-new computer! This edition of The Hungry is in partnership with Shopify. Stay Curious “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” Artist and writer Emily Geleske posed that question in her debut as a Hungry collaborator, and her story has me asking questions of myself. Why do they call them apartments when they’re so close together? Why do we call them egg whites instead of egg clears? Why do...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read

In partnership with Beehiiv. 😃: I ordered my new MacBook! 😑: Delivery in 2 weeks. Welcome to The Hungry where we answer the impossible questions… “ Did I stifle my own growth as an artist because I spent too much time early on in my career trying to be a brand? — Rachel Karr (@nuclearmystic) This is by far one of the most interesting strategic and philosophical questions I’ve ever read, and though I can’t answer that for Rachel, I do believe it’s something for us to consider as artists. I...

about 1 month ago • 4 min read

This week did not turn out like I planned, not even a little. Due to a cataclysmic tech meltdown, this week’s post will be a little lean because of cataclysmic computer failure and the residual effects on my productivity. The most challenging part is that I don’t have all my research bookmarks since I chose to not sync up my browsers across devices—lesson learned. “ Fall down 7 times. Get up 8. - Japanese proverb Also, I’m working without my editor (Grammarly) until I get this tech fiasco...

about 2 months ago • 3 min read

In partnership with Printify 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...

about 2 months ago • 5 min read

We're trying something new today by kicking off the edition with a question from the field, this one from a Thread friend. "Am I better off focusing [selling art] locally rather than online or online over local?" - Dustin G. The almost non-answer is that it should be both because even in a busy metropolis like Los Angeles or New York, you may not find enough venues to sell the work locally to make a good living. That said, selling in person is much more rewarding because you get to talk to...

2 months ago • 5 min read

Look at this! Our first guest post ever! Did you know you could do that? You do now! This edition of The Hungry is brought to you by Beehiiv. (Wait, what?) How Important Is Time Management Really? It's essential! Just because I'm complete trash at keeping to some schedule regimen doesn't mean you have to be. The biggest issue is finding a system that works for you, and as creatives, those systems can often be too complex and rigid, but artist Adele Gilani has what she believes is a sound time...

2 months ago • 5 min read
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