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 creativity and financial freedom.
246. My #1 Scheduling Tip to Avoid Overwhelm
My New Year’s resolution is to figure out how to work less and make more while sticking to a quality work/life integration schedule. Heavy on the “life” part, specifically family, specifically my new baby boy.
So, how is this even possible with all the things requiring my attention?
It's possible because I don’t fill my weekday painting calendar to the max. Leaving just one workday per week completely open has been a game changer to my business, mental clarity, and overall happiness.
Reasons to schedule a “me/office/studio day” every single week:Because we work for ourselves and we can. It leaves room for project spillover.It leaves room for a last-minute commission that we REALLY want to do. It’s good for the soul. Reset, refresh, and jumpstart creativity. It makes room for extra time with family. Time to work on the painting idea that’s been lingering in the back of our minds. Time to clean/organize our studio/car.Time for sketches/invoices/website updates.Listen to this week’s episode to hear an explanation of each reason. This is the first step to making more by working LESS!
245. Murals, Motherhood, Lettering, and Creating New Opportunities with Lisa Quine
This week’s episode features Cleveland, Ohio-based muralist Lisa Quine.
I really enjoyed my chat with Lisa. She has this positive, honest energy that comes from someone who has just come out of the thick of building her business, already having figured out so many things, while at the same time still growing.
We chatted about her unique pricing strategy and how it came to be her standard way of doing things after years of experience. We even unexpectedly got onto the subject of juggling work with new motherhood, a topic favorite of mine lately, when I realized that she too is expecting a baby soon.
Let me know what you think of this week’s episode with Lisa Quine.
Have a great week! :)
244. Advice from the $100k Club
This week’s episode highlights some of the Artist Academy Advanced members who have successfully made $100,000 or more this past year.
I asked them to summarize where their sales came from, how they attracted customers, and to give their best piece of advice as to how they got to where they are today.
Because that’s what we all want to know, right? How the heck are artists out there making a great living with a paintbrush?! This episode gives you examples of how a variety of artists “made it” in their industry.
Check them out! 👇
Have a great week! :)
243. Painting the Feminine Figure with Carmel Jenkin
This week’s episode features Australia-based artist Carmel Jenkin.
Carmel has built her art business up to what most artists aspire to live up to one day: Someone who creates from the heart rather than constantly running on the commission hamster wheel. Yep, she paints whatever she wants and that happens to be a series of abstract female figures.
Her unique niche has attracted the attention of multiple collectors, and she even did a pregnant woman series which I was very intrigued by given my current pregnant status at the time of this interview. Carmel shares how she built her art business around such an emotionally charged niche and her strategies for selling.
There’s a lot of energy and knowledge that can come from someone like her who is currently in the thick of figuring out her methods through trial and error, all while having some big wins along the way. She’s an open book about this crazy but fun art business rollercoaster ride. Let me know what you think of this week’s episode with Camel Jenkin.
Carmel's IG: https://www.instagram.com/carmeljenkin/
242. Steps to go from Zero to $100k in 2023
If I had to do it all over again, this episode is all about how I would go from having no commissions on the books to making six figures quickly.
Looking back on past years at things I’ve done right, the things that ended up being a waste of time, what’s been most profitable, and what has NOT. I now know how I would cut out months or even years from my journey to earning six figures.
WARNING: These recommendations are not for the lazy artist. ;)
For anyone looking to achieve this six-figure goal, I want to welcome you to join the Artist Academy this year.
We have many members inside the group who have gone through the tutorials, utilized all the tools including our supportive artist community, and are now available to help YOU reach your big goals too!
Apply at www.ArtistAcademy.co to get the first quarter started with a bang!
241. 31 Paintings in 31 Days
The 31-Day Challenge begins January 1st! Are you joining in?
This week’s episode explains what this challenge is all about, how you can benefit from completing it and gives examples of past successes.
If you’re looking to make 2023 your most profitable year yet, committing to a challenge like this will help create the success habits needed to make that goal a reality.
Creating art every single day is the first step to kickstarting the momentum needed to get your productivity up to the level of a career artist. #31DayChallenge #ArtistAcademy
Here's Tiffany's IG account: https://www.instagram.com/lucidtlcarts/
A must listen!
I’m not a mural artist, but instead a furniture artist, and have still gained SO much information from this podcast! Andrea is so personable and easy to listen to. She just gives this feeling of “talking to a friend” vibe in her episodes. I find it so endearing! On top of that she gives a lot great advice and insight that’s totally relatable. It’s a must listen, if you’re looking to be inspired!
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.