How to get your name out there as an Artist

Becoming an artist can be a daunting challenge. Most fear ending up like Van Gogh, who only sold one painting in his entire life. But in this modern era, there are so many ways to be discovered as an artist.
  1. Instagram
    Instagram is one of my most favorite platforms to display my art because of how easy it is to use. Most of you already have an IG account, so why not add a few paintings or pieces of art to it? Hint: Make sure to have an open account, that way people can view your art without having to request to follow you.
  2. Facebook
    Honestly, I still haven't gotten the hang of this one, but what I like about it is that you can link Instgram to it, so whatever you post on IG shows up on Facebook! Easy peasy!
  3. Business cards
    Another great way to get your name out there is to purchase business cards. Add your name, phone number, website and Email if you'd like! Pass them out to your friends or leave them at a local library or restaurant (Obviously with permission of the managers)
  4. Word of mouth
    This one I have used the most and it has worked wonders for me! When talking to your friends... mention it casually. If they find it interesting keep the conversation going. Make sure to let them know what your goals are. For example, my goal is to sell paintings and to direct art classes. I told one of my friends this and she offered to host an art class at her home, she even got a small group together for me! Now my first art class is on April 20th!
    Make sure to connect with people on a more personal level.
    Don't try to sell your art to everyone. Find the viewers who really care for your pieces, the ones who are wowed by them and talk to them, get to know them. That way you can better understand their points of view and create more pieces that speak to your potential costumers.
  5. Personal Website
    Having a personal website helps others to know you not only as an artist, but as a human being. What your likes/dislikes are. What interests you and what sets your soul on fire.
Don't be afraid of being an artist. Don't be afraid to share your work with the world. Many people decide not to follow their dreams because of fearing what others will say or think about their goals, dreams or pieces. Don't let that be you.
I must say it was not easy for me to decide to follow my dreams of becoming an artist, all because so many people out there viewed it as an unattainable dream. They truly believed, and still do, that I will never be able to make it as an artist. But I have proved them wrong. I have sold several paintings already, I will have my first freelance art class in April, and work as an art teacher at a local arts school.
My advice to you: Don't ever give up on your dreams, just to settle for someone else's reality. Follow them with all your heart (but don't forget to take your brain with you.) I cannot assure you it will be easy, but it will be worth it.