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Ever think about giving up your art career? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) There’s a little something that very few people have known about me, until now that is; I nearly quit the art world to enter the legal profession. In UK terms, the profession of barrister particularly intrigued me.In hindsight, having a flirtation with another career was an important exercise. I needed to experience ...

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Deborah Henry-Pollard: Business Planning & Creative Entrepreneurship Post

#besmartaboutart Creative Specialist Deborah Henry-Pollard is a coach, mentor and project manager. In general terms, what type of support do you provide creative professionals?    I work with people who are serious about making a change in their creative life, however big or small, and want to get into action. This could be through finding ways of working which support ...

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Crista Cloutier: Coach for Artists Post

#besmartaboutart Creative Specialist Crista Cloutier is a coach for artists.Actively involved in the contemporary art world throughout her career, Crista Cloutier works internationally as a writer, artist, curator, and educator. Until 2007, Crista was the Director of Segura Publishing Company, a collaborative fine art studio headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. In her ten years of leading the company, she collaborated in ...

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Zoe Whishaw: Photography Consultant Post

#besmartaboutart Creative Specialist Zoe Whishaw is a Photography Consultant.Zoe Whishaw is a Commercial Photography Consultant and Mentor providing creative direction and strategic advice for photographers at all stages in their career who want to take their work to the next level. She works on a one-to-one basis with those who need bespoke, objective advice to focus their creative direction and ...

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The Wing Assignment - Case Study with Creative Specialist Deborah Henry-Pollard Post

Nina Farrell is an artist and designer. She had an idea to create something special after receiving a bird’s wing for a personal artistic project. In fact, it generated so many ideas that Nina and her partner, Asa Medhurst, (also an artist and designer), started to encourage their friends and creative contacts to experiment around a brief to create a ...

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If life gives you pigeons, make pie Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) I enjoy meeting people, discovering their interests and exploring ideas. Recently while attending a networking reception, I found myself in conversation with a man who finds his work unfulfilling. After making it clear that he doesn’t enjoy the day job, he moved on to talking about how people are only successful if ...

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Stick to your guns Post

Stick to your guns

March 22, 2015

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) The story of one artist – let’s call him Tim, who stuck to his guns serves as a reminder of the importance of staying true to your own vision.As an 18-year-old portrait painter, he entered art college, excited about the three years that lay ahead. Had he foreseen the challenges that he ...

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Should art prices be listed on your website? Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) There’s no black and white answer to this, but it’s an important question for anyone selling art to address.I have a word of warning for anyone who sells art for a living and is reticent about displaying prices: this is a rapidly transitioning aspect of your world and it’s high time to ...

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You never know who's looking over your shoulder Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) How do you celebrate your birthday? For mine this year, I gathered together a great group of friends in a cozy pub and we all tucked into delicious American diner-style food. Unsurprisingly, for those who know me, there were several conversations on the subject of networking. One person - an experienced networker ...

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Do you ever gamble? Post

Do you ever gamble?

March 1, 2015

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)  There’s an unquestionable thrill in taking risk. The adrenaline flows and you see through the outcome, good or bad.A Wild West story from my very own heritage tells the tale of gambling gone wrong. In late 19th Texas, a great-great uncle was a drunk and gambler. His wife left him, taking ...

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