Are you a creative who would like to break into the industry? Would you like to make more money from your art sales? Does starting at a blank canvas intimidate you?
If so, then Lift Off Art is here for you!
Creating art is hard. Creating art for a living is even harder. Artists and creatives are weighed down by crippling self-doubt, fear of rejection, and impostor syndrome. Add on a lack of solid business advice for artists and even less information about what it's like to be a professional artist, and even attempting to make it as a creative professional can seem like a Herculean effort. No wonder people believe in the myth of the Starving Artist.
Despite these obstacles and the downturn of the economy, in 2007, Rick Kitagawa and Eve Skylar made the best decision of their lives and decided to go pursue art as a career. After meeting each other at UC Berkeley at a theater club (Rick was studying Biology and Asian American studies, Eve was studying Narrative Theory and Acting), the two graduated and promptly decided to enroll in art school. While in school, they started vending at local art and craft fairs as Monkey + Seal. To keep in touch with fans, they started blogging.
At first, the blog was mainly about their art, but as they developed as artists and professionals, the content evolved to the emotional hurdles that plagued them as creatives. From artist's block to business mistakes, from fear of failure to the fear of the blank canvas, Rick and Eve began to shed light into the challenges and obstacles faced by artists trying to create and live off their craft.
Fast-forward to 2015. Although he couldn't paint when he started art school, Rick holds down sponsorship deals from multiple art material companies, paints for gallery shows, runs a successful screen printing business, and teaches business and entrepreneurship at universities across California. Taking inspiration from the animated films of her youth, Eve's artistic talent bloomed as a successful visual development artist, working in both the game and film industry with clients such as Paramount Pictures, SEGA, and Nightwheel Pictures to help create award-winning, internationally acclaimed films.
After unfortunately taking time off from blogging to build their careers, this dynamic duo is back. While there are many venues to learn the technical aspects of creating art, Rick and Eve found an absence in solid, research-based, tactical advice on dealing with the psychological demons that prevent artists from being their best selves. Just as sparse was any specific, tactical advice for breaking in and making it in the art world and how to present oneself to the industry.
After mixing first-hand experience with research in business, psychology, biology, and personal development, and sprinkling in an emphasis on intersectionality, identity politics, and empathy, Lift Off Art was born. We honestly believe that everyone is an artist at heart, and whether you want to create more or if you want to be a professional artist, we're here to help guide you. So join up today and let's change the world with your art.
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There is nothing wrong with being ignorant.
So as we close out 2013, I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year (go 2014!). Also, I should remind you all that there are still seats left in our upcoming January classes.
Anyway, if you’re the type to go about making New Years resolutions, I just wanted to encourage all of you to make them realistic and easy. Big, lofty, super-high goals (going from painting once a month to every day, going from making jewelry as a side hobby to making $60k in three months), while noble, are the kind that most easily fall through. Unless your plan is super detailed and well-prepared and organized, these are the types of goals that leave you a)feeling defeated, b)super burned-out if you do make them and/or c)all of the above.
If you keep your resolutions manageable and bite-sized, you’re more likely to follow through. Remember, often times KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid, not the rock band) is better advice than we’d like to think.
If you want to paint every day, resolve to make a single paint mark on your surface instead.
If you want to start a business, resolve to create a business plan.
If you want a solo show, resolve to research potential galleries you’d want to show in.
If you want to write three novels, resolve to write a word a day.
By taking your resolutions and making them digestible, what you’ll find is that you can always go above and beyond. If you’re up for it, write a sentence instead of just one word. Paint a whole branch rather than make a single mark. Quests of a lifetime start with a single step, of even a minute of looking at a map. Pace yourself, as art is a marathon, not a sprint.
So what moves are you going to make in 2014 to realize your dreams?