A big component of my coaching programs is helping you shift your mindset into one of a CEO. I firmly believe that acting and thinking like a CEO will take your art career to the next level.
However, thinking like a CEO does not mean you’re only thinking about the business, it also means you are taking the time to think about yourself. Companies like Google, Goldman Sachs, and Medtronic have introduced meditation and other mindfulness exercises to their employees, so why shouldn’t you introduce them to yourself?
Taking time to take a walk, relax, meditate and reflect on the day is incredibly important to unwind from the stress built up in your mind. Research suggests that meditating regularly can boost your resilience, help you mitigate stress, regulate emotions, and have a more positive outlook on things. A study executed by the Harvard Business Review suggests that just ten to 12 minutes of meditation is enough to boost creativity.
I once had someone in the art community tell me that people spoke about my business negatively because I sell a lot of art and had a “commercial” gallery.
My response to this was first confusion and then…laughter. Because I know I need to sell art to pay for my business expenses, my life, to have employees and to be able to pay them well, and, of course, the most important part to me: To enable artists to build their careers through having an income stream of money from their art sales to continue making art.
While I was able to laugh that comment off, I know that statement would impact a lot of younger artists and their ability to confidently sell their work, because part of being successful in sales, is having a positive mindset about sales.
I conducted a survey that asked, “How much time do you dedicate to sales?” and the overwhelming majority of answers said, “zero time”.
On the flip side, I saw a lot of answers...