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how can an artist make it life when no one buys his art

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Vaibhav’s Answer

Leverage Instagram to showcase your work. Search Google for other platforms for artists. Slowly build a following by following others like yourself.

Work with local businesses (barbers, coffee shops etc.) to see if you can feature your artwork in their stores. This will be hard with COVID but Instagram is still an option.

Start small, be consistent and make a growth plan for yourself. As a Plan B, always have a backup plan in case things don't work out so you have something to fall back on. Hope this helps and good luck.
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Surabhi’s Answer

You can use social networking sites e.g. Facebook, instagram to showcase your art. Create a page on facebook as well as on instagram. Use maximum hashtags to ensure it reaches to maximum number of people.

Later, you can also create your youtube channel where you can actually teach how to draw, paint etc. or your workstyle.

Apart from that, there are certifications, you can do a graduation/diploma taking Art as major. This will make you eligible to become a full time Art teacher in schools/colleges/Universities.
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Abigail’s Answer

Hi Coleton! It's a great question, and one that many people have struggled with. Many famous artists had 'day jobs' for years as they honed their craft and developed their networks in their particular field. Philip Glass was a taxi driver, many sculptors have worked construction, and of course many aspiring artists have had day jobs in cafes or as dog walkers. Some choose to have jobs that don't require much mental effort, choosing instead to be able to save those efforts for their 'actual' job of art making.
Others take their strong interest in the arts and might apply it to a different field. Certainly those in the graphic design field have a clear application in all sorts of fields, same as those in video production. Often creative thinking and a strong visual sense can be a fantastic plus in other fields (think just think of the impact that calligraphy class Steve Jobs took had on Apple computers!)
Best of luck to you!
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Abigail’s Answer

Hi Coleton! It's a great question, and one that many people have struggled with. Many famous artists had 'day jobs' for years as they honed their craft and developed their networks in their particular field. Philip Glass was a taxi driver, many sculptors have worked construction, and of course many aspiring artists have had day jobs in cafes or as dog walkers. Some choose to have jobs that don't require much mental effort, choosing instead to be able to save those efforts for their 'actual' job of art making.
Others take their strong interest in the arts and might apply it to a different field. Certainly those in the graphic design field have a clear application in all sorts of fields, same as those in video production. Often creative thinking and a strong visual sense can be a fantastic plus in other fields (think just think of the impact that calligraphy class Steve Jobs took had on Apple computers!)
Best of luck to you!
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Carolyn’s Answer

Hi... Remember just because no one is buying it today doesn't mean that is how your future will end up. Also, remember if no one ever buys your art you will have a back up plan and you wont stop doing art.

You can use your art to bring smiles to faces - i would advise to take the focus off of making money doing the art. Meaning if you focus on the art it will prove itself to be great and it will eventually get sold. With art its subjective and needs exposure - use social media, study others who have succeed and most importantly study those who didn't. I do art because i love it - Best of luck to you
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Christina’s Answer

There can be other option when you do art and make money out of it. For example, you can start by teaching others by having small art classes, or you can make some art tutorials and have it uploaded to some social media. There are websites such as patroen who can let your customers to subscribe your tutorials monthly. You may also consider collaboration with some learning platforms such as skillshare in which you can share your tutorials with audiences to gain some profits.
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James’s Answer

I think its a matter of putting yourself out there more - using social media like instagram/facebook is a great way. These platforms have a "business" section you can use to showcase your art/products. Also networking is a great way to gain more exposure in the industry meeting like minded people who have the same interest as you and can help each other. Also using tools like Wix /Woodpress to create your own website as another platform to reach a wider audience. good luck!
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Marcie’s Answer

Your best bet, if you want to make a living on your art, is to network and be in touch with other artists. The main supporters of artists are other artists. You'll definitely find more an few people who aren't great to network with but you'll realize that along the way. I think the biggest thing too, a part from remaining consistent in your belief that you're good enough, is realizing that there are creative jobs available that you can apply to that use your skills and your art.

Don't feel like it has to be your art or a job. Many misconceptions artists have is that they're selling out if they get a job-there are artist jobs, you just have to look for them.
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