Three and a Half Lessons I’m Learning
Being an artist or creative doesn’t exempt you from making smart business decisions. Educate yourself, use a good contract or agreement, set clear parameters and expectations for each project, copyright your work, find help when you need it, and don’t justify making bad decisions because you’re an artist.
Don’t make assumptions that could end up costing you. Protect yourself and use your best judgment because you may end up saving yourself a lot of stress and hardship in the long run.
Look to those around you when you doubt yourself. Encouraging support from family, friends, and your colleagues can make all the difference.
“Sometimes you’re flush and sometimes you’re bust, and when you’re up, it’s never as good as it seems, and when you’re down, you never think you’ll be up again, but life goes on.” – Blow (Ted Demme, 2001)