An interview with EBSQ Artist Natasha Wescoat

How long have you been creating?

I have been creating since age 3. Professionally since 22.

What’s your media of choice?

Acrylics on canvas, mixed media for illustrations and vector for design.

What, besides your art, brings you creative fulfillment?

Photography, reading novels outside my own interests, attending small concerts, writing, educating myself through the arts and philosophies, travel.

What are your motivations for creating?

I think I have a form of ADD/ADHD and OCD that forces me to create. I have compulsive energy and creating something helps calm that down. Really!

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Artist Guide: Being a Career Artist

by Natasha Wescoat

SO SEXY…

You could say being an artist is provocative, risque, adventurous and I’d have to agree with you. Those flash in the pan successes, feast or famine moments and a fly by the seat of your pants lifestyle tends to be a part of the whole being an artist thing. One moment, you are experiencing the time of your life, the next moment you wonder if you’re on the street the in the morning. Your job requires that you feel, express yourself, use your imagination and create something that comes from that. Though formal schooling definitely helps propel your talents, it cannot help you imagine. It doesn’t give you passion. It cannot teach you how to ‘be’.

You are, inside, entirely and completely an artist. It’s a part of YOU.

We’re like rebels without a cause. We follow our emotions rather than logic, make heavy decisions based on dreams vs reality.

Having an art career therefore is like a contractiction. Being in this “sexy” vocation and adding the term career to it makes all sorts of complications. You have to logically weigh the pros and cons of your decisions, weigh out financial issues and deal with things outside your creative mindset. Being a career artist isn’t as easy as simply being an artist. Taking your personal gift and monetizing on that is one of the most difficult and harrowing experiences one could have.

[Continue reading ‘Sexy Isn’t Easy: Being a Career Artist’]

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Artist Guide: Art and Social Business

ff“All lasting business is built on friendship.” – Alfred A. Montapert

– by Natasha Wescoat

What is great about Art and Social media is that they are complentary and beneficial to one another. It’s a symbiotic relationship. But there is much to understand about social media that we may fail to see. One of the things we are realizing as we take advantage of the benefits we see in Social Media, is that we have to “want” to be part of the conversations and to be genuinely interested in the people that are following us on social networks. We can’t use Myspace, Twitter, Facebook, etc as billboards. People who use social media do not respond to empty posts or random links.

Do they know you?

Do they want to know you?

Are you making the effort to make them WANT to know  you?

Social Media is like an incubator. It’s a “social” tool. Not a adwords tool. Not a keyword tool.

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Latest Mashable Guides for Artists

by Natasha Wescoat

Tweetable Art: 10 Twitter Tips for Artists

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Be sure to share your input, ideas, comments, or share with us your experiences using these social media tools to promote and expose your work. Alot of artists out there don’t realize the awesome potential of the net to get their work out there and seen. 🙂

 

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Building Your Team: Connecting With The Right People

by Natasha Wescoat

Alot of the time, we talk about finding our target audience, about finding the perfect agent/business manager, or maybe getting those galleries/shops to hold our art. So when we do in fact get a nibble on that line – we’re all going bananas. You start to think everything is going to turn around and success is about to happen.

In the creative business, however, things change, people are fickle, offers pan out or they don’t.

Such is life. Such is the business of the arts.

Whether you are an actor, writer, painter, designer – all of these opportunties can come and go, fleeing with trends, staff changes, or money issues. You can become burnt out, frustrated, confused, disorganized. You may be doing all the work on your own besides creating the art. You do the photography, the design, the web maintenance, accounting, customer service, marketing and promotion, etc.

On your own it will be tough. On  your own you can only go so far . . .

What we have to do is to focus more on the core foundation within our business and career. We usually think money and opportunities first, when we should be thinking : TEAM.

Continue reading “Building Your Team: Connecting With The Right People”

Artist Guide: Speed and Intensity

1484869620_eca9fccb49_mby Natasha Wescoat

Web Presence, Exposure, and Evolution

When it comes to selling and marketing on the internet, speed and intensity is key. You may have this already working out in your favor, considering you have OCD tendencies, like me, and can’t wait to do this and that in regards to your business and art.

The internet’s rate of evolution is going at a much faster pace and increases. Now, if you spend about a month off of the internet and come back, you will notice new sites, new tools, new avenues of revenue possibilities. You may feel collectors or fans have long gone. It’s a catch 22, being an internet business. It’s about consistency and progress. It’s survival of the fittest or fastest!

Anything that’s static will die.

Read more here . . .