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Don’t Kid Yourself, Discipline Matters

What many people outside the arts don’t understand, is that succeeding in this gig takes as much discipline as it does for the CEO, Athlete, Lawyer, Doctor.

In many cases it takes more, especially if you also have a day job. Because, your “night job” is a calling that we almost never feel equal to, in which we regularly disappoint ourselves, and from which the check is normally late-possibley by a decade or two. 

Sticking with something, for which you may never get paid, and doing it with full-blown passion for years on end-takes…

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Artists Dying of Exposure

 

Upwind Flames by Louis Copt

Upwind Flames by Louis Copt

I was asked to speak before an influential group of retired businessmen and women this past summer. By “influential” I basically mean millionaires. But listen, not all rich folks are jerks.  Many started with nothing, never forgot where they came from, and are…

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Is Your Gallery Insured?

Being concerned for the safety of your work is just plain old good business sense.

Here’s a short discussion from one of my magazine column, where I answered the following question about galleries insuring your work.

Artist’s question

All four galleries I’ve dealt with during my career have provided insurance. Is it commonplace for artists to

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Suffering and the Artist’s Life

Contrary to a commonly held notion, we artists do not suffer more than other people.  There is so much unspeakable suffering in the world-from famine, war, and rampant disease-that many of us in the industrialized nations don’t even know the meaning of true suffering, including me.  I’m not saying that artists don’t have it…

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