1. Time Management, Are you the Boss?
"Everything You Need to Know (And Do) as You Pursue Your Art Career" asserts that time management is the most crucial quality to develop for artists. Artists tend to have more flexible working hours and independency over how they want to spend a day. The best thing about school is a fixed schedule. There is a set daily routine: you wake up at 8 am, take a quick shower, go to class from let’s say 9 – 4. Then you either work, study with peers, attend a weekly club meeting, or do an art project in studio. Following graduation, there is no more of it. You have a complete freedom. However, more control you have of your time, more swayed you are by time, ironically. Well, what can I say? It is a good and bad that comes with the life of an artist.
It’s better to “identify your tendencies early on”. Are you a night owl or early bird? Build your schedule around the most productive and creative time of the day. Writer like Murakami Haruki placed creative working hours from 4 am through noon. Tchaikovsky had two different working hours a day 10 am -12 pm and 5 pm -7 pm. Figure out your behavioral pattern as soon as possible! Try multiple different times. You will know when it is right.
2. Studio: Home or Separate?
Getting a studio space is a matter of financial status and work-tendency. Ask yourself these three questions.
a. Can you focus at home?
b. Can you afford a separate studio?
c. Do you prefer to work alone or with people?
If you can’t afford a separate studio, make your home your studio. There is no need to buy a bunch of stuff to fill a brand-new space. Nor need you to move all your art supplies or other bunch. But, it can only work out the best for those who are well-disciplined and have the ability to fight off all the distractions, such as TV, bed, mobile game, etc.. If money is an issue, yet working at home is the worst idea for you, consider a shared studio. Be mindful that it leads to the next question: are you able to work with people? If yes, this will be a fantastic idea! After graduating college, you lose your daily interactions with peers and even the slightest chance to get run by abrupt inspiration. By sharing a studio space with local artists, you can stay up to the art field even if your work is not shown anywhere yet. To top it off, you can easily make connections with people that matter. When I was interning at a commercial art gallery, I often witnessed artists recommending/introducing their fellow artists to the gallery dealer or museum curators.
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