Pursuing a career as an artist can be as rewarding as it is challenging. We asked Toronto artists that are all at varying stages in their art career what advice they’d give up and coming artists. Their advice and tips are really insightful and we think will be helpful if you’re considering venturing into a career as an artist. We’ll continue to update this list with more advice from Toronto artists so keep checking back.
Toronto Artists Share Their Advice Below
“Evolving as an artist requires two things. First, you need to find your artistic style and once you do never stop evolving. Try new techniques, mediums, tools, colours, subjects etc. Always strive to get better. Second, you need to understand the fundamentals of running a business. Take time to develop and deploy various marketing strategies. Commit to a consistent social media plan, build a beautiful website, participate in local art shows and galleries, connect with the artist community, say yes to new opportunities and never stop growing your artist brand”
“Create a lot of work. Share it because you want to, and don’t worry about your brand, audience, or marketing (when you first start out, anyway). Stressing about the perfect looking career at the beginning will be limiting. Being an artist is about growth, and that comes from consistent practice above all else. Figure out the other parts once you feel like you’ve grown into your work and process. Oh, and start an email list early.”