Art makes the world a better place to live. Through music, poetry, painting, photography, and other forms, artists create this better world for us. But who creates a better world for artists? It is difficult to sustain a successful career in art for most artists. But few have managed to strike the delicate balance to build a thriving life as an artist, such as Marlon Holden.
A Fine Art photographer for over 30 years, Marlon is a self-taught artist and entrepreneur. Since childhood, Marlon found solace through artistic expression and hence endeavored to center his professional life around it. Today, he helps the world see the beauty in fine art through his lens. He also owns a renowned Fine art gallery in Laguna Beach. So we ventured to ask the secret of his success. And here are his 5 pro tips.
1. Keep innovating.
As the art grows, so does the artist. Always keep coming up and working on new ideas with the same passion.
2. Don’t give up in the face of failure.
Failure is a part of success. Even if it feels like things are not going the way you want them to, soldier on. Success is but one failure away.
3. Don’t just be an artist, be an entrepreneur.
While art needs to be emotional, be invested in it as a business too. Monetize the right channels and let your art sustain you.
4. Networking is key.
The right contacts will help you grow along the right paths. Collaborate with other artists and performers. In collaboration and not competition, will all artists find success?
5. Know and respect your audience.
Your audience will help you make it big. Know who your art strikes a chord with, and respect them through your work.
Marlon Holden has made a name for himself as an artist and an entrepreneur. His inspiring words have found an ear with many budding artists, and with these pro tips, he is sure to inspire a generation of successful artists in the coming years.
Author – Digital Nod