The Photo Week: Are you a SMART artist or a FAKE artist?

The path of an artist has developed a stereotype for years that the working artist is a “starving artist”.

But what defines a starving artist?

A starving artist is someone who gives up the daily 9 to 5 grind and commits solely to their art. It’s an artist who goes on a whim to Continue reading “The Photo Week: Are you a SMART artist or a FAKE artist?”

The Photo Week: How To Make Time For Your Art Like A Pro!

Have you ever said to yourself that there aren’t enough hours in the day to create your work?

Trust me when I say I know what you mean! Sometimes I feel as if I have so many things that need to get done: create new work, contact galleries, meetings with curators, sell prints, ship Continue reading “The Photo Week: How To Make Time For Your Art Like A Pro!”

The Photo Week: How To Not Face Your Fear, But Follow It!

So last weekend I actually did something that scared the crap out of me…

One of my awesome roller derby friends saw me taking photos of a game. She was getting married and asked me if I could help with the wedding. Naturally I assumed that I would be photographing Continue reading “The Photo Week: How To Not Face Your Fear, But Follow It!”

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The Photo Week: Why Shooting In The Sun Is A Very Bad Idea!

Taking photographs outside is something that we do the first time we buy a camera. We take it everywhere and want to explore all different locations which is the best thing to do! But let’s say that you finally get hired to shoot a portrait in the park on a sunny afternoon. Awesome idea right? Continue reading “The Photo Week: Why Shooting In The Sun Is A Very Bad Idea!”

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The Photo Week: How To Shoot In Shitty Lighting

A couple of months ago I was given information about this body building competition that was going to take place in New Jersey. I for one have never been to these type of events and thought that they are just beauty pageants for meat heads (which let’s face it – they are haha!). But when 54 year old Uber drive William De La Continue reading “The Photo Week: How To Shoot In Shitty Lighting”

How To Turn Your Hobby Into Career

Has anyone ever told you that being an artist or a photographer is nothing but a hobby…not a career?

This has always been a struggle for my when I was growing up. My father would call my love for art and photography a “hobbie” and that it’ll pass – how I needed to focus on something more stable like a desk job. And for a while I did sit behind a desk and

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The Photo Week: Why It’s Great To Go Back To The Basics

Most of the work that I have been focusing on is photography related and I absolutely love it!

I really pushed me to use technology since I really love to focus on sketching and painting. I first started my art journey through painting and I developed everything form there. But when it came to photography and using photoshop – that was a huge challenge for me to face. And I’d like to think that I am doing an awesome job (let me know what you think haha!) Continue reading “The Photo Week: Why It’s Great To Go Back To The Basics”

The Photo Week: How To Balance Life & Art In 5 Minutes!

Have you ever felt like you had to chose between your passion and your life?

This has been a developing problem for a lot of artists: finding the balance. The balance between creating your artwork, making time for your family, setting up a day to see friends, etc. Sometimes we get so consumed in creating the work that we love that we tend to isolate ourselves. And it’s not like we do this intentionally – we just want to make sure our work gets done. I struggled with this for years. Until finally one day it hit me…

I literally lost everything and everyone I loved around me.

I was so passionate about creating art that I began to isolate myself and just focus on making sure my pieces were done. And once they were I realized, no one was there to speak to. No one was there to share my success with and I started falling into a huge depressive state…

Three years later…I have an amazing partner by my side, I see my family on the weekends, just featured in an Inspirational Women Series and sold new art pieces to clients for Valentines Day. For a long time I’ve heard over and over that creatives and artists have to choose or are burdened with the choice of choosing their artwork over their family. And that my friends is a load of bull!

It’s possible to balance both!

I have seen and admired so many artists that found the balance of managing work and personal time that it has come to my knowledge that it can be done. And after picking their brains and experiencing this challenge in my own life – here are some tips on how you can find the balance for your work and your personal time:

1. Break Out The Schedule

This has to be the easiest yet the HARDEST part of any creative person I know: schedule out your day! Me personally, it took me a while to actually turn this strategy into fruition because I am as you say a stereotypical “messy artist”.

I am all over the place and just role with the punches, but it was because of that mindset I wasn’t able to complete everything I wanted to do (and couldn’t see my friends or family). Planing out your day and/or week keeps you on a steady pace in which YOU have control of your day and not your artwork.

2. Report Your Progress

Usually if we write something down we say we’ll get it done and sometimes…it doesn’t. But if you had someone who was keeping tabs on your to-do list, there is a higher chance that your tasks would be completed. Find someone who you can report to for your accountability.

It could be a fellow artist, a friend, a family member. Let them know that you are trying to manage your time and you need them for help. They would definitely be up for the task!

3. What’s That Old Saying About Rome?

Oh yeah – it wasn’t built in a day! So you have to remember that sometimes you can’t complete and entire art piece in one sitting. It takes time and patience. If you want to take an entire day to create work, then do that and schedule your other days for tasks that doesn’t involve art. Find out what works for you.

Now this is going to take some time to get use, and you probably won’t complete this all the time (I still get my off days and have to pick up the pace). But planning your week will give you so much relief and confidence that you have control over what you want to do. Just keep on trying and find your perfect balance.

Now it’s your time to shine!

Write down everything that you have to complete this week and sort them into Regular Do’s & ASAP’s. Look at your schedule and take five minutes planning how you can create your balance. How did it go? What things do you need to work on? Have you found someone for your progress report? Let me know!

Till next time – keep creating!

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The Photo Week: This Is Why Your Work Isn’t In Galleries (& How To Change That!)

Do you ever question whether your work is great because a gallery says NO to you?

Why wouldn’t you! One of the things that gets artists discouraged is when they submit their final piece to a gallery and receive a rejection letter. Sometimes other galleries don’t even bother Continue reading “The Photo Week: This Is Why Your Work Isn’t In Galleries (& How To Change That!)”

The Photo Week: Why Selling Your Work Isn’t Selling Out!

Have you ever called someone you admired a sell-out? Or have people look at you and call YOU a sell-out?

This is one of the most debatable topics when it comes to art.

Have you ever heard of the artist named Swoon? She is a graffiti artist who creates stencils of portraits and was able to turn her street art into fine art. Continue reading “The Photo Week: Why Selling Your Work Isn’t Selling Out!”

The Photo Week: How Walking Into The Unknown Can Change Your Life Now!

Have you ever said yes to something…..and realize that you just agreed to do something that you have no idea how to do?

I feel like this is a common pattern for a lot of people that I know. When we are given an opportunity that sounds so exciting and grand, we automatically say yes. Continue reading “The Photo Week: How Walking Into The Unknown Can Change Your Life Now!”