When Life Closes a Door:
You Must Seek New Ones To Open
We need to acknowledge that work-for-hire opportunities are no longer a viable way for artists to monetize their skill. Artists complaining about losing jobs is not a valid argument.
As we progress into the future, it is essential for artists to acknowledge the evolving landscape of monetizing their work. In the past, artists were able to generate income through direct sales of their artwork to fans, such as prints, t-shirts, stickers and mugs, and through commissioned work-for-hire projects. However, with the emergence of advanced technology, particularly AI-powered art tools, it has become increasingly accessible for individuals to utilize these tools to design and create works that would have traditionally required the expertise of professional artists. Because of this work-for-hire will become scarce for professional artists.
However, this does not mean that all hope is lost for artists. The key to success in this changing environment is for artists to focus on building a dedicated fanbase through their work. As long as their work resonates with people, artists can continue to generate income through direct sales of their artwork to fans. By creating a strong connection with their audience, they can continue to monetize their skills and find success in this changing industry.
It is important for artists to be proactive and work with the changing landscape of their field in order to maintain a sustainable career.
Some Important things for artists to be doing are:
Adapting and embracing new ways of showcasing and promoting their work,
Building an online presence: Artists can use social media platforms and their own website to showcase their work, connect with fans and potential clients, and promote upcoming projects.
Networking: Artists should actively seek out opportunities to connect with other artists, gallerists, curators, and other industry professionals.
Offering digital products: Artists can create and sell digital products, such as e-books, online classes, or digital downloads of their art.
Diversifying income streams: Artists can explore different revenue streams such as licensing their art for commercial use, creating merchandise, or even offering consulting services
Building a brand: Artists can create a cohesive brand that reflects their unique style and message. This can help them stand out in a crowded market and attract more fans and clients.
Continuously improve and learn: Artists should continuously improve their skills, learn new techniques, and stay updated with the latest trends in the industry.
Read More: AI Prompting Is Art
Read More: AI The New Frontier For Art
Read More: AI Art Tools Hijack Your Brain’s Dopamine Reward Function