There are a lot of things to think about when you're navigating a performing arts path. These blog topics will help.
This week's 5 Arts Thoughts is about valuing your work as an artist. So many artists are asked to work for free, for exposure. Money and the arts are a complicated conversation, but an important conversation to have. This video discusses how to place a number on your work, how to work with others to set a value, and what to think about when you're producing work.
Again, this is a complicated conversation, but one worth having.
BTW, this conversation ties into arts advocacy efforts, and how the arts and arts work is valued, or undervalued, in our culture.
Here's the video:
In my experience, space is one of the largest issues facing performing artists, especially folks who work in the fringe/small/solo producing realm. In this video I talk about some of the issues around space, and some things for you to think about as you're looking for space.
Do you know about SpaceFinder? It is a great tool that may be used in your community, so check it out.
When I teach arts administration in college classrooms, my students will tell you that in almost every class I say "don't start a theater company."
Now, in class, I usually add non-profit to the sentence. Running a non-profit requires paperwork and boards and layers of administration that are worth it if the company is strong, but will hold you back when you're just starting out.
Theater company can be changed to any organized performing arts collective. I don't mean don't collaborate. Far from it. What I do mean is that by staying nimble you may be in a better position to adjust when needed, mix it up, and find your path with knowledge based experience.
This #5ArtsThoughts video has more thoughts on the topic. Let me know what you think.
Thinking about your unique value--how audiences perceive your value--can be a challenging but very useful exercise. Unique value is discussed in the Footing Your Ladder, Money, and Marketing classes Your Ladders offers. This video give you an overview of the topic.
You may feel confident with your craft, or you know how to learn more. But what about the business of show? I've created the Your Ladders 5-Step System to help artists navigate the business of show, Sign up here and get the FREE workbook that will get you started on Step 1, "Setting the Groundwork", The workbook will be sent to you via email.