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Whether you're looking for inspiration for your art or understand how to profit from it, you've come to the right place. You’ll learn the practical strategies you need to learn to sell your art plus develop a confident mindset in order to succeed. Not only is profiting from your passion possible but it’s also common. We dive into topics such as social media marketing, selling art online as well as shifting your mindset to banish your inner critic and overcome impostor syndrome and beat starving artist syndrome to the curb. Professional artist Miriam Schulman of Schulmanart.com speaks to top marketing experts like Amy Porterfield, Gretchen Rubin, Suzy Ashworth, and leaders in the art space such as Ashley Longshore, Lilla Rogers, Lisa Congdon, and Austin Kleon.

The Inspiration Place Artist Miriam Schulman

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 312 Ratings

Whether you're looking for inspiration for your art or understand how to profit from it, you've come to the right place. You’ll learn the practical strategies you need to learn to sell your art plus develop a confident mindset in order to succeed. Not only is profiting from your passion possible but it’s also common. We dive into topics such as social media marketing, selling art online as well as shifting your mindset to banish your inner critic and overcome impostor syndrome and beat starving artist syndrome to the curb. Professional artist Miriam Schulman of Schulmanart.com speaks to top marketing experts like Amy Porterfield, Gretchen Rubin, Suzy Ashworth, and leaders in the art space such as Ashley Longshore, Lilla Rogers, Lisa Congdon, and Austin Kleon.

    Are Artists Born or Made?

    Are Artists Born or Made?

    Finding Your Artist Spark 
    Harvey Dinnerstein, Proudly Realistic Painter, passed away at 94. He documented the early days of the civil rights movement in evocative drawings. Later, his paintings examined details of the everyday life around him. Hear how current events prompted him to use art to chronicle the people in the civil rights movement.  
    He had to stop teaching when the pandemic hit, but he never stopped creating. Hear his philosophy on finding the artists spark in the absence of inspiration.  
    Looking for some inspiration? Listen to episode 123, Restore Your Artists Heart here 
    How to Evoke Emotion with Your Descriptions of Your Artwork  
    Many lingerie brands use descriptive words that connote romance, seduction, and sex to describe their products. The Natori brand went in a completely different direction, appealing to modern women who want to feel sophisticated. Their marketing copy is crafted accordingly.  
    Successful brands use feeling words to describe their product. Instead of being perceived as a commodity, Natori counts on us feeling good about ourselves when we wear their brand.  
    People will pay more for a product that makes them feel good and gives them pleasure. This is one of the things I break down in a chapter of my upcoming book.  
    Order your copy of the book and get the bonuses now! 
    Is it Worth it?  
    I recently moved to a two-bedroom apartment in NYC. I love our life here, but I find myself dreaming of more windows and natural light.  While preparing to move in, I found out there was an extra window that had been intentionally covered by sheet rock for a specific design aesthetic that the previous owner wanted. Is it worth knocking down a wall for the extra light?  
    Is it worth it is a question I hear in my artist community. Is it worth it to create a website for my art? Is it worth it to continue painting if I’m not selling much work? Is a show in the city worth it?  
    Is there a window hidden behind the wall in your life? I believe it’s always worth it.  
    For support to be the artist you are meant to be check out the resources ready and waiting for you in the Artist Incubator. 
    Are We Born Artists?  
    Arnold Skolnick designed the iconic poster for the famed festival in 1969. He actually did it in a weekend after the first design was rejected by the local merchants. He was paid $12,000, a hefty sum in 1969 to be sure.  
    Skolnick is also known for his belief that “you don’t become an artist, you either are or are not.” I’d love to know what you think. I’ve shared this on Instagram and would love your insights.  
    Let me know what you think on Instagram. 
    Keeping Up With What’s Working Now
    When I was getting ready to sell my suburban home, I had a rude awakening. I was told that my brown furniture was out of style and I was even asked to remove some of it. Then I decided if brown wasn’t working then I’ll paint it all white.  
    A friend asked me how I knew what to do. Honestly, I didn’t. I asked at the hardware store and with some painful trial and error, I figured out a method that worked for me.  
    I’ve had 25 years of trial and error making a living as an artist. My incubator is where you can get the short cuts and insights and the benefit of the lessons I learned along the way.  
    Here’s a great example of keeping up with what’s working or, like my brown furniture, what’s not working. Check out What’s Wrong with Your Instagram (and how to make it better) here.  

    • 16 min
    Investing in Yourself With Wildlife Artist Priya Gore and Miriam Schulman

    Investing in Yourself With Wildlife Artist Priya Gore and Miriam Schulman

    “When you invest in yourself, the universe invests in you.” -unknown 
    Becoming wildly successful does not happen by chance or accident. Success isn't something most people just stumble into, but it is something many of us can make a reality. You have to be willing to put in the work it takes to achieve greatness, and it starts with investing in yourself. 
    Today’s guest, Priya Gore, comes from an engineering background and a family of doctors that wouldn’t readily accept a career in art as a successful choice, and yet Priya is living life as a wildlife artist out of Australia. 
    Key Highlights of a Successful 6-Figure Career in Art  
    Priya invested in herself with the Artist Incubator Coaching Program 1st  She is allowing herself to focus on a style and genre  Being a niched artist allows you to build series that interests collectors  Having an advertising budget creates higher revenue opportunities You have to focus on production 80% of the time to hit new levels of success Enjoying the process is a must for the ultimate experience  “Having a niche, and really understanding what that is, and a focus style will make you more successful…”  
    -Miriam Schulman 
    In this episode, Priya unpacks in great detail how she’s been able to generate a 6-figure income selling art to collectors through the Australian based company Blue Thumb. When you consider her advertising budget, how she’s strategically increasing her individual art sales, growing her base of collectors and that she started with investing in a coaching program, her success as an artist looks less coincidental and more tactical in how she’s approaching art as a business. When you invest in yourself, other people will get behind you. This is how Priya’s advertising dollars with Blue Thumb are being maximized. 
    “I don't think it's about easy or challenging, but it's just about that I enjoy the process.” 
    -Priya Gore 
    Connect with Priya Gore: 
    Website 
    Instagram 
    Blue Thumb Art Page 
    Interested in applying for the Artist Incubator Program’s Masterclass Track? Apply here 
    For full show notes, go to schulmanart.com/206
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    • 35 min
    Forget Perfectionism in Your Art

    Forget Perfectionism in Your Art

    What Artists Can learn from the Venice Biennale Curator 
    This is the world’s longest running, large scale survey of contemporary art. It is looked to locally and internationally to discover the next new great artist. The curator is Cecilia Alemani, and I went to hear her share her insights about the exhibition. She went into detail about how she made the multitude of decisions involved in this exhibit.  
    Hear how she uses a 3D layout and how she chose the name for the exhibition in addition to how she selected the art itself. Her strategies are something you can use as well.  
    Classic Artist Mistakes 
    On the upper west side in NYC, there’s a “flea market” every Sunday. I have checked it out a few times and I wanted to coach some of the artists so that they could sell more art and make more money.  
    Collect addresses to follow up – this is too not be doing it.   Offer to keep in touch. I had to ask an artist multiple times how I could connect with him in the future. Make it easy!  Download The Artists Profit Plan 
    Where Can You See Bansky in New York City 
    I recently saw graffiti art here in NYC by the street artist Bansky. He’s from Great Britain and in addition to his art, he is also an activist. Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based Street artist, political activist and film director whose real name and identity remain unconfirmed and the subject of speculation. 
    He combines existing items into his art. If you are in NY, you can see his art on the south wall on the Designer Show Warehouse at 79th street and Broadway. The owner of the building has taken steps to preserve the art, so hopefully it will be there for many more years.  
    The Art World remembers Edmonia Lewis 
    I love to find the most interesting stamps when I go to the post office. Nothing wrong with the flag, but why not find something more interesting? In February during black history month, I bought some stamps featuring Edmonia Lewis. Check out her story. 
    She was the first sculptor of African American and Native American (Mississauga) descent to achieve international recognition. Her father was Black, and her mother was Chippewa (Ojibwa) Indian.  
    She has a fascinating life story and despite a number of setbacks she never stopped creating art. You’ll be inspired by her story and her tenacity. 
    More on this topic: The Rise of the Black Portrait Artist 
    Forget Perfectionism in Your Art 
    Let’s talk about the deliberate mistake. In many handmade Persian rugs and carpets, you will discover the deliberate mistake. Followers of Islam believe only Allah makes things perfectly, and therefore to weave a perfect rug or carpet would be an offence to God. 
    If you are plagued with perfectionism, or find yourself being hyper critical of your work, I have a resource to help. Don’t allow your inner critic stop you from creating or keep you from promoting your artwork.  
    Download  9 Mantras to Silence Your Inner Critic  

    • 18 min
    Storyworthy with Matthew Dicks and Miriam Schulman

    Storyworthy with Matthew Dicks and Miriam Schulman

    As artists, you’re likely great with painting a story on canvas, in watercolor, through music or whatever medium you play in, but storytelling is a wonderful skill we can all benefit from improving. Telling stories well is art, and it’s something that each and every one of us can do easily every day. 
    Matthew Dicks is an international best seller with awards for being a nationally recognized storyteller. He joined us in Episode 203 and discussed his latest book, Someday Is Today, which I highly recommend checking out!  
    In this two-part series, we’re continuing the conversation around his other book, Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling. So now we’re diving into what the art of storytelling looks like for the average person who doesn’t identify as a storyteller. 
    Noteworthy points with master storyteller, Matthew Dicks: 
    Why story worthy moments on the most boring days are precious commodities  How Homework for Life makes you look at your days in a meaningful way  What Crash and Burn style writing is and how you can get started (right now!)  4 strategies for dealing with negative people and why an enemy list is a superpower Live a better life with more ‘Yes’ and get remarkable results  “Most of the time, we allow our memories to be tossed away like trash, when they are our most precious commodities.”  -Matthew Dicks 
    Matthew Dicks is the co-founder and artistic director of Speak Up, a storytelling organization that produces shows in New England. In addition to being an internationally bestselling author of multiple fiction and non-fiction books, he is also a 56-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 9-time GrandSLAM champion. The most important thing for you to learn today is that, given all the accolades Matthew has, his best advice for being a better storyteller is to simply become a better listener.  
    “Be the last person to speak in every room you enter, and I think you'll find it's really helpful in terms of just being a better communicator and a better person.” -Matthew Dicks 
    Connect with Matthew Dicks: 
    Website 
    Twitter  
    Interested in applying for the Artist Incubator Program’s Masterclass Track? Apply here 
    For full show notes, go to schulmanart.com/204
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    • 28 min
    Someday Is Today with Matthew Dicks and Miriam Schulman

    Someday Is Today with Matthew Dicks and Miriam Schulman

    The question we all really want to know is how to do more with the time we have. Some people crush a 2-hour window, whereas others of us struggle along and get distracted by TV series and social media. 
    Matthew Dicks is an international best seller with awards for being a nationally recognized storyteller. His latest book, Someday Is Today, 22 Simple Actionable Ways to Propel Your Creative Life is highly recommended and worth checking out!  
    In this two-part series, we’re talking about some fun concepts and ideas that will help propel your creativity in new ways. 
    Key ideas Matthew makes digestible and simple enough to implement: 
    Make your sleep sacred and honor the rest you need  Make the most of your work by repurposing your pieces  Be thoughtful about what you spend your time on  Consult your future self to make the best daily decisions   “I think we solve a lot of problems unconsciously when we allow those problems to move to the back.” -Matthew Dicks 
    Matthew's approach is extremely well thought out. Coming close to a near-death experience has given him the motivation and perspective he needs to emphasize making the best of every day, every decision, and what he chooses to make time for. 
    In the next part of this interview, Matthew will unpack eating a compliment sandwich, the enemies list, and why be a criminal and carry a burglar bag. 
    Connect with Matthew Dicks: 
    Website 
    Twitter   
    Follow me at Schulman Art Instagram 
    Interested in applying for the Artist Incubator Program’s Masterclass Track? Apply here 
    For full show notes, go to schulmanart.com/203
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    • 37 min
    Creativity Rules the World with Maria Brito and Miriam Schulman

    Creativity Rules the World with Maria Brito and Miriam Schulman

    When you pause and consider the many ways creativity is expressed, it feels overwhelming and beautiful. Beyond painting, drawing, digital art, and watercolor, there’s music, fashion, interior design, and even the world of business and creative problem-solving. 
    Today’s guest, Maria Brito, is in over 13 years deep into the art scene from an indirect and surprising path. From a Harvard graduate to a corporate attorney, Maria is an award-winning, New York-based contemporary art advisor, entrepreneur, author, and curator. She shares how her journey into art is rooted in writing blogs featuring artists, and how that has shaped her journey leading to the release of her first book, Creativity Rules the World, The Art and Business of Turning Your Ideas into Gold. 
    Maria takes us deep into the world of art and creativity as it relates to business.  
    “Creative process is nothing more than your unique ability to come up with ideas of value that are relevant and that you know you can execute.” -Maria Brito 
    Key areas we explore for artist and creative appreciation: 
    Focus on the experience of creating and selling your art, not the transaction  Building your art business can be enjoyable, fulfilling, and financially rewarding  There are parallels between your art and the business you are building  “Artists are always attuned to the here and now and expressing that human aspect through their work” -Maria Brito 
    Maria has turned a career of very little to no freedom as a corporate attorney around into the world of art and appreciation, and now elevates artists, their stories, and their work in a way that allows her to live a much more fulfilling life. 
    Her book is about making creativity work for your business and recognizing art as the inexhaustible resource it is that is available to everyone in a thriving world. 
    Connect with Maria Brito: 
    Instagram 
    Website 
    For full show notes, go to schulmanart.com/202
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    🎤NEVER MISS AN EPISODE! 
    If you loved this, I've got more inspirational episodes coming your way! Please make sure you hit the subscribe or follow button in your podcast app. And if you're feeling extra generous- leave me a review-- https://schulmanart.com/review-podcast  
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
312 Ratings

312 Ratings

Jadah Sellner ,

A must-listen for creatives!

Miriam's passion shines through in every episode. Her inspiring, uplifting message stokes your creative fire and gives permission to unleash the artist inside of you.

Danella Haro-Aguayo ,

Super uplifting!

I am so grateful I found this podcast. Miriam helps me so much. Every week I’m looking forward to listen what she has to say because she always lift me up and makes me feel that my art is valued. After listening to her for more than a year I ended up registering in her super complete program “Artist Incubator”. Now she is my art business coach and I feel so confident with all the teachings and support she gives me. Thank you!!

24mc ,

Tired of hearing about writing her book

I really like this when she’s not kibitzing about writing her book .

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