The Artist Academy Podcast hosted by Andrea Ehrhardt. The purpose of this series is to show aspiring painters that it's completely possible to make a great career in the arts. We focus on the business side of art to help you reach more customers, increase profits, and ultimately live a life of creative freedom.
222. Nobody Gives a $h!t
I’ll let you in on a little secret… Something that puts my mind at ease whenever I’m deciding what to post, what paint, and what direction to go in next. Nobody gives a shit about what you do or don’t do.
Nobody cares if you paint something completely off the wall that has absolutely nothing to do with your current genre. All that does is show you’re versatile. Nobody cares if you take a break from posting on social media for a week/month. They only notice when you show up.
Just relax knowing that this art thing isn’t as serious as you sometimes might make it out to be in your head.
On the flip side… how do you make your audience give a shit about what you’re creating?
Let’s chat about all the different ways to put the attention onto your art in order to gain more orders, commissions, and make money with your art in this week’s episode of the artist academy podcast.
221. The Mural Hustle with Kiptoe
This week’s episode features THE social media famous international muralist Kiptoe.
I knew this guy had a lot of Instagram followers (265k), even more YouTube fans (707k), and a lot of experience under his belt. But what I did not know about Kiptoe is, first, his hustle game is crazy strong, and second, how he got it all started traveling around the world independently in his 20s building his brand.
He is a great example of an artist who took the time to get really good at what he does, then pitched himself (and continues to keep pitching still today) to customers in order to get the mural jobs he wants.
This dude needs no further introduction and I know you’re going to feel inspired by this week’s episode with Kiptoe.
220. The Series Six Challenge
Raise your hand if you’ve found yourself stuck on the commission ferris wheel. Constantly creating for customers (because ya know, money $$$) while not finding the time to use your art skills to create for yo-self.
I created the Series Six Challenge to help jolt myself back into creativity mode during the late summer weeks. This serves 2 purposes:
1- To light that creative spark again.
2- To prep for the 4th quarter and give my audience something fresh to purchase during the holidays!
In this week’s episode let’s chat about how this challenge has been successful in years past, and how to figure out a plan for your upcoming series.
219. Murals and New Motherhood with Kassie Voisin
This week’s episode features Louisiana based muralist Kassie Voisin.
Due to my current infatuation with all things babies caused by my current pregnancy, I asked Kassie to come back on the podcast to chat about her recent adventures into motherhood.
Kassie was one of the first guests I had on this podcast and since then I’ve gotten to watch her continue to grow her art business while becoming a boy mom in the recent year. You know those people who you kind of know, met maybe once, but you keep up with them on social media and feel like you know them more than you actually do? Kassie is one of those for me and I can’t help but root her on through this crazy journey.
This chat gets very much away from the painting subject and onto baby-type advice, so for anyone completely uninterested in starting a family this episode might not be for you. But for anyone interested in the ups and downs that come with integrating a baby into the painting life, let me know what you think of this week’s episode with Kassie Voisin.
218. How to Get in a Room Full of Eligible Buyers
What would you say if I could promise you that I could magically teleport you into a room full of eligible buyers? People who have the funds to afford your high-ticket items, are looking to buy, and just need to be introduced to your work. Would you be up for it? Although the process, in reality, isn’t as magical as you might be imagining, it is possible.
Every time I paint at a charity banquet I’m surrounded by this exact scenario. No, not every person in the room asks to buy my art, and not every person falls in love with my unique style, but it’s a room full of opportunity that often pays off. Not to mention the fact that donating your time to these events to help them raise money for their organization is a great thing in itself.
Download my notes on how to create this opportunity for yourself at:
217. Navigating New Motherhood While Running an Art Business with Sema Martin
This week’s episode features France-based colored pencil artist Sema Martin.
In light of my current pregnancy, I asked Sema, a former podcast guest, to chat with me about her recent adventures in motherhood. Selfishly I’m interested in her experiences especially because it’s so recent.
She has a 6-month-old, meaning she’s currently in the thick of the baby stages, and I want advice! I’ll likely interview several more new momma artists, but this is just the start of this mini motherhood series.
Sorry guys without kids, this might not be an episode for you. But for anyone curious as to what this type of lifestyle is like and to anyone who has done this before, I think you’ll enjoy our chat all about art and babies.
Let me know what you think of this week’s episode with Sema Martin. You can also check out her first podcast interview all the way back to episode # 95.
One of my favorite art podcast
Even though I’m not a mural artist , I still learn some practical tips for my art business while listening to this podcast. Andrea is so upbeat and positive. I always enjoy her interviews as well. This podcast is always a favorite when driving to work in the mornings or taking my afternoon walks. I highly recommend it !
Best art podcast I’ve heard
A lot of good info. The first few episodes are rough with annoying nervous laughter but andrea gets better at hosting with confidence over time.
Thank you so much for all the valuable information in these podcasts!