I will admit that I am very lucky because selling comes easy for me. When I was a little girl we played games that we created ( no video games back then ). Anyone over 30 will remember the adult world games we would play out as kids ... for boys it was war and Cowboys & Indians ... for little girls it was house, ballerina, school teacher, and my favorite "store". Yep, I loved pretending to run a store and sell things. I think I even had a toy cash register. So I think selling is in my genes, playing house ... not so much so.
Yep ... that is me in the center ... right behind the "toll sign"
We were charging 50 cents to enter the drive way.
I spent a lot of years after college behind a register selling other people's things. I had the typical jobs for a 20 something gal with a fine arts degree ... I sold clothes, fine jewelry and even plants. My favorite jobs were in the area of visual merchandising and I had the pleasure of using my creative skills to sell high end luxury items for Neiman Marcus and plastic containers for the Container store. Yep for about a decade I sold a lot of "stuff" that had no real meaning to me. I did learn how to organize stuff at The Container Store though and that is invaluable. In the early 90's my Mom died at the age of 54, I realized life was short and I started working for myself and I have never looked back.
If you think selling yourself and your artwork is hard try standing at a jewelry counter for 8 hours a day in pantyhose and heels. That my friends is hard work. So no more whining about how hard it is to sell yourself people! Get out there and do it, the alternative is just no fun ... I have been there and done that.
If the concept of "selling" is just too crass or intimidating for you then please take a tip from Alyson Stanfield and think of it as "sharing" your art with others. I am going to quote her here because this sentence is just flawless: "Until you are excited about sharing your art, how can you expect us to be overly eager about looking at it or buying it?". Ms. Stanfield has a spot on post about "shameless self promotion" this month on her blog, please go check it out.
So there is my deep "shameless" confession for the month ... I am passionate about business! I love art and it feeds my soul. Business, well it feeds my belly.