This blunt word describes most of us perfectly, but what does it actually mean?
For some of us (the lucky kind): sprouting into a perfectly crafted career in a gallery/project space , we worked in for free for the past 3 years, knowing what we want and, most importantly, what we don't want & readiness to take whatever tomorrow brings with a happy and full of hope attitude.
For most of us, however: it's been some time since graduation party, and with no prospectus for life we try to reinvent ourselves in this new reality of struggle. There is no way we can afford another internship as bills are piling up on the bedside table and what we really want to do is to create and sell and be seen...but how?
Whether you are an emerging artists, curator or gallery owner here are a few tips which may help you in making it on the art market ( alongside some useful links);
1. Create a portfolio/website on : Axis-web, Re-title, Saatchi, Art rabbit etc.
2. Don't wait! Look for opportunities : Art fund and Art Licks and various Calls for artists/curators
3. Ask for advice: Art quest & also pick people's brains constantly over lunch...or in the park!
4. Get new skills and learn some tricks: Central Saint Martins, Hot Courses
5. Debate and criticise constructively: Q-Crit
6. Read: Artforum, Frieze
7. Network: remember that the most important tool in creative industry (and in life in general) is Speed Networking For Creatives. Hope to see you there!