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I Need a Plan

I’m running as fast as I can and it’s not fast enough. I am trying to be a full time artist on a part time basis. This is a fools errand and I think I may end up making myself crazy.

My husband and I talk about the tradeoff between keeping the photography fun and taking it to the next level. Certainly keeping it at the level it is now, where it is a fun and relaxing hobby, is appealing. But the artist in me wants to kick it up a notch. Unfortunately, those projects take a lot of time and energy.

It would be wonderful to have a patron system alive and well in the arts world. But like all the other arts, (i.e. music and literature) the internet has changed the way we sell our work. There is no mythical “other” to support the arts, be it big business or a rich patron. Each artist is tasked with creating work then marketing and selling it. We are asked to tweet, blog, make connections, maintain a web site, amass a mailing list, etc… all while creating ground breaking works of art or literature.

To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.

Leonard Bernstein

Well, I definitely don’t have enough time, maybe I need a plan instead?

Do you find that you don’t have enough time to realize all your creative ambitions?
How do you prioritize?

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