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The Privilege of No

NO is just as important as YES. I know it's hard to hear when you have bills to pay and a reputation to keep but saying yes to every project or new venture could actually be the death of your momentum


The Power of Yes

BUT while the time does seem to slip away, it's easy to become sedentary. It's easy to get into a routine with your 3 clients, put your head down, and not see the light of day. I find it harder for artists to make boundaries since they have finally been released to work on the art and projects they have been most passionate about. 





1. File for a DBA, Fictitious Business Name

  • This automatically makes clients and audiences see beyond you. It costs $26 in Los Angeles County to file 1 piece of paper to claim your business name.
  • Simply google your county clerk's website and search their online database with your business name. Once you find one that is not taken print out the 1 sheet of paper, get it notarized, mail it with the necessary funds and then publish your name. Congratulations! 

2. Create a business bank account

  • Creating a separate business bank really streamlines your money and is a huge help in saving money and asking people for money. You can then write checks from under your business name. You can also track your income simpler if you split funds with other artists. EXAMPLE: You wrote a song with someone and you now need to make sure they get 50% of the profits. Some artists or manager will ask for bank statements. Instead of showing them your entire list of chipotle and Target purchases you can simply show your business profits. 
  • MAJOR TRICK: Simply open a paypal or venmo under your business name to create invoices and track who still owes you money.

3. Create a website and/or portfolio 

  • There are so many ways to do this and I would say it's better to try then to not have any online presence at all. Some recommended sites would be Square Space, Wix, or Wordpress. 
  • ONE MAJOR SHORT CUT: Simply create a facebook, etsy, flickr, or instagram page for artwork. This can be a huge cost and time savings while still getting your artwork out there. Put your best foot forward!

4. Having meetings in a consistent place

  • Find a local coffee shop that has wifi, outlet plugs, and grab a coffee. Establish the space so that guests feel welcome and safe. Even if you work from home it's great to meet with colleagues or clients outside the home to LEVEL UP their thinking.
  • Another note I would add is considering opening a physical PO BOX. Imagine your home address on all the W-9s you will be receiving. You can eliminate that opening the smallest PO BOX at your local USPS. 

5. Use a professional email address and professional language

  • This is FREE so simply head over to gmail or yahoo and create a professional email address. EXAMPLE: if you currently use something with your birthday, social security, or phone number you need to get a new email. DOLPHINLOVER85@YAHOO could easily be ANGIESART@YAHOO by day. 
  • For professional language, I PROMISE, you will get taken more serious by friends, family, clients, agents if you keep your emails, texts, and phone calls business professional. AT THE VERY LEAST business casual (simply using complete sentences and replying in a timely manner can do wonders). I understand adapting to your industry but since all these tools are used differently keeping a professional tone is helpful to all people. 



You Are Enough

Say it with me...I AM ENOUGH. This has to be your mantra to get your career under way. If you can't be your own champion then why should anyone else? Today is the day to remember you are a gifted artists and your art needs to be shared. Today is the day to remember the tools you need are out there. The people you need are out there. Here are few first steps you can take today:

1. Write a list of people/careers you admire. Think outside your specific industry. 


2. Do your research. Find out how they got there. Who is on their team? Read and watch interviews and see who they give credit to. 

3. Write a list of people YOU know in your industry. Ask at least 3 of them to lunch, coffee, drinks. The best time to make a friend is when you DON'T NEED something from them.