So my new job has added some interesting perspectives I haven’t thought about in a long time. It’s very nice to be back in the field I love. Very nice, and it feels good to be doing what I’m doing. I get a more in depth understanding of the art market, purchasing, consumer interest or disinterest, “competition” and I use quotation markers because I view the art world as a community that helps each other out instead.
One of the things I have been working on is securing information, data entry, e-mail lists and contacts again, search engine optimization, and online marketing. Sales attitudes, contracts, and a whole bunch of stuff I haven’t done for a while. But it’s nice because luckily the market hasn’t changed much, and we have a lead on the market at this time which will allow for potential sales growth by branching out in the online marketing more.
I’ve already spoken with AY magazine, and have been credited for the photographs used for publications and marketing, and now I’m like, I’m back.
It’s such a sigh of relief. I already have begun planning the next show, and will be filling up the calendar to get us booked out 6 months to a year in advance in regards to shows and artists. This is so exciting. I know a handful of people I would love to show and sell. I am excited because being an artist I can focus on rebuilding my community of artists. I am also interested covering my ass WAY more than I was before. Before I was naive on some stuff, I thought, I could just figure it out because I had an in-house helper, but he bailed. So now back to the web e-commerce world.
It has helped me get refocused on my own website and the incomplete processes that i haven’t finished in the back of the house of the website. Like finishing paypal integration, patening some of my pieces, avoidance of copyright infringement, reproduction royalties and clauses. Back into the legal sector of being an artist and the business. I honestly couldn’t ask for a better situation. And I am hopeful with the fact an auctioneer came in this past weekend to create a business relationship with areas outside of Arkansas.
All in all I am excited as my new role as a gallery assistant. I have enjoyed being able to use my detail oriented skills focusing on promoting and growing the local market of artists. We shall see how this goes, and if it will turn into a business that will lead to job security. But at this time it’s baby steps, reintegration, learning, and working on becoming better and better, both for myself and the company. I’m super excited and happy. It’s nice to be working for an artist who is focused on his own work, and is a businessman when it comes to the arts.
Professionalism is key for me when I create relationships with other artists. Cause lets face it, each artist has their own temperament, and quite frankly some are druggies. And I just don’t need that crap in my life. I’m glad to be in a position where the clients are of all classes, and the artists of from all different types of backgrounds. It interests me and challenges me in a way that is right up my alley. I’m super excited and grateful for this new position.