Friends of Friends
October 12th, 2015
Lately we’ve been spending a lot of time with friends and friends-of-friends. How lucky we are to be surrounded by such an incredible community of professionals, artists, and professional artists. In the spirit of our friendly conversations lately, we thought we’d provide a recap, including links to two recent podcasts we recorded.
The Thriving Artist Podcast by the Clark Hulings Fund aired on September 28, 2015 under the episode title: “Impact of Financial Literacy on Artistic Purity.” The fund overall “helps professional visual artists by providing targeted support” via funding, grants, and education. The aim of this podcast–and the fund’s work overall–is to turn working artists into thriving artists.
We had no limits in this conversation. We talked about the key reason for an artist to build financial literacy–empowerment–and we went a bit deeper to talk about the big financial questions: budgeting, pricing strategies, entity types, and taxes. The conversation highlights a nice mix of technical to-dos and more theoretical “big questions,” like how financial literacy impacts artistic purity, and whether commercialization is the only way to be financially successful. (Spoiler Alert: It’s not.)
Follow the links above to listen to the full recording, and while you’re on the Clark Hulings site, check out the amazing resources and opportunities for visual artists.
Only a week or so later, we recorded a podcast for the Innovator Code Podcast hosted by Daniel Fox. The episode’s title, “The Perplexing Non-Evil Intersection of Art and Commerce” sums up our conversation nicely. We live and operate in a world of overlaps, and they are delightfully non-evil. (Thank goodness.) The purpose of this podcast is to “bring conversations with creative people about their beliefs, habits and philosophies” to the public and “breaks [those conversations] apart so that you can use those same insights in your own life.”
It is energetic and informative; it moves fast, and it was fun to record. We covered quite a bit of conversational ground, but ultimately, we covered non-art aspects of a creative career. Within that career, artists (1) make, (2) manage, (3) track, (4) share, and (5) protect their work, and we talked about strategies and challenges for each.
Follow the links above to listen to the full episode and while you’re there, browse around the other creative conversations hosted as part of this podcast.