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20 more things I learned from “MAKING YOUR LIFE AS AN ARTIST “ by Andrew Simonet

20 more things I learned from “MAKING
“ by Andrew Simonet

    1. Bono: “you can never get enough of what you don’t really need “

    Referring to praise, drugs, etc. You can always get enough of what you truly need like food or sleep.

    2. ”planning is the opposite of hoping “

    The most important tool of an artist is planning.

    3. “A list is the opposite of a plan”

    Your plan involves eliminating 95% of the things you won’t do.

    Prioritizing massively focuses your energy on what needs to be done

    4. Prompt: “what do you want to do personally, professionally and artistically in the next 2 years “

    Choose the top 3 goals to go after

    5. Break Goals into Steps

    “If the step is small enough you will have the urge to get it done. If a step is too big you will procrastinate ”

    6. Goals should be a mix of internal and external.

    An internal goal is something you can do yourself. “I want to spend 10 hours a week walking/writing/etc.” An external goal requires other people: "I want to show my work at a festival."

    7. “Make the dreams bigger and the steps to get there smaller “

    8. An Artists's statement: Three question to answer: What? Why? So what?

    The mission of your work (exploration of the body’s relation to time) instead of what your work is (experimental dance)

    9. Life tip: Make pie charts of your income statement and aim to change the ratios of the pies

    For example if you only get 20% of your income from your art and 40% from TaskRabbit and 40% from being a Barista and you want to make more as an artist analyze the time you are spending and what you can change. Of course, you can quit all your non-art jobs and have 100% of your income from art, but it might be smaller than you want! Done correctly over a long time horizon the entire pie gets bigger and you may eventually be able to support yourself through art over a long time.

    10. The authors dance company did not start making significant money (a full time income) for over 10 years.

    11. The three Ss of finance: Solvency, Security and Stability

    Solvency: I can pay my bills

    Security: I am not worried about problems as they come up

    Stability: I can plan for the future

    12. Exercise: Write the amount of money you would need to avoid living in a financial panic. Just knowing what this number is can relieve a lot of stress.

    If you track your expenses you can see where the biggest gains are: for example if you can save $500 a month by changing your insurance you don’t have to worry about buying coffee every one in a while.

    13. Figure out how to earn your living with 1500 hours of paid work a year (instead of the typical 40-hour weeks: 2000): artists need to spend more time unpaid than other jobs

    Charge more for fewer hours of your time.

    14. “ nothing makes you a real artist except your devotion to making art “

    A day job (or two) is perfectly OK and even sane. You can still be an artist and maybe even a happier one. The world does not owe you a living for your art. Having a "day job," if necessary, means that you can live as an artist.

    15. Use a wall calendar that has 12 months on one sheet. This lets you see patterns.

    16. Flip your to do list and time: I am going to write for one hour. What should I write about in this time ?

    Instead of saying "I need to write a short story/blog post"

    17. Begin each week and each work session to have a 10 minute meeting with yourself to figure out what you will be doing.

    18. Improve on your actual work process instead of how you think you should work

    19. Schedule time for long term thinking

    20. Get help when you need it and outsource things that you don't want to do

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