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staying longer here. well done!

by smile_painter , October 16, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: Germany

A really strange day was today.I need to proceed with my study in Germany for one more semester and this network could be a good possibility to earn money for this. Sad sad sad... I thought about changing my profession and become a painter or musician. But how do they earn money???


 

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  Olga Kuzminykh ( homepage )

11/03/2008 * 12:55:53

Hm...Mary, you are right when you say that is above all the matter of marketing. To enter a new market is hard, but here in Germany there are many possibilities for artists and so I'll try it out of curiosity. :) Let's see what happens.

 
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  Mary Lawler ( homepage )

10/31/2008 * 15:18:35

I have been a self supporting artist all my working life. Do not be discouraged by sad tales, or resign yourself to art as a hobby if that is not what you want. You do have to work hard at marketing, it's business, just like participating in art fairs, knocking on Gallery's doors, and getting into exhibits. Caroline said: "They also do peripheral jobs-- teach classes and workshops, take on contracts for things such as decorative painting in people's homes, and so forth."
Those peripheral jobs are are still making money as an artist. I teach a great deal, do a lot of calligraphy jobs, and yes I have painted a few faux finishes and murals on walls. But it's still art.
And it's still better than being a cashier at WalMart.

 
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  Olga Kuzminykh ( homepage )

10/31/2008 * 12:42:29

I also think the only way is to keep an "ordinary" job and to keep painting as a hobby which - if you have luck or time to do marketing things - can bring some money.

 
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  Caroline Henry ( homepage )

10/17/2008 * 14:12:50

Mostly they keep their day jobs! Across the board in arts and letters as few people make good money, and everyone else struggles. Those most likely to make a living without being among the really major players are those who work as hard at marketing as they do on the creative end. They also do peripheral jobs-- teach classes and workshops, take on contracts for things such as decorative painting in people's homes, and so forth. I've often wondered how street musicians do--brave souls putting themselves out there in the elements and the human attitudes.

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