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In other words, how to bypass the starving artist phase. Professional artist Jacklyn Laflamme shares tips on how to make ...
your portfolio stand out, as well as basic tips on what should be included and what first steps to take once your portfolio is put together.
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How to Become a Professional Artist
On behalf of TVLesson.com, my name is Jacklyn Laflamme and I'm a professional artist. Let's talk about how to become a professional artist. Everybody does a little bit differently. But in my case, I started off with of course, preparing a portfolio. A portfolio entails having nice, clean, clear, crisp prints or photographs or slides on this case, in these day and age, CDs of your artwork. You will also need to prepare an artist bio which would include where you're from, what your education is and so on and so forth and your experience.
Another important thing is to have a very clear artist statement. Now the artist statement is a very, very personal thing and it would depict what your work is really all about, what's going on in your work, what medium your work is and just really a clear statement. It doesn’t need to be long but it needs to be crystal clear what you're trying to present in the work.
Once you have your photographs or slide presentation or your work on CD as well as your informative bio, all about you and your crystal clear artist statement then you could start to put it all together in a nice little folder and you get copies of these folders and you start going around and doing presentations to galleries, museums, what have you.
Now you can mail these off and get a list of people or galleries that would be a really good fit for your particular artwork and just start approaching these galleries and see if they might be interested in showing your work, having an exhibition. There are other opportunities in the arts as well such as grand funded projects, etcetera. So there are many, many ways to get started in the art world. But it’s very, very important to have a very strong portfolio.