With apologies to Capital One, this is not a credit card offer. This is a serious question to all you artists reading this. What is in your wallet or purse?
Do you carry some of your business cards with you wherever you go? I tried a few years ago. Because I didn’t pass them out as often as I should have, they got stuck together. Not very professional, by any means. I bought a business card holder to keep them in shape, but somehow lost it. Now I keep about a dozen in my glove box. I pull a few out whenever I pull out my camera.
Are you a member of an art association, writers or painter’s guild, or other organization affiliated with your artistic endeavors? Currently I am a member of an arts association (Community Arts Council of Kankakee County
www.communityartscouncil.org) I received a card upon joining, but it never saw the inside of my wallet. If I belonged to a group that had a card, I could use for discounts say, I would carry it.
As an artist that participates in shows, I frequently get cards from other artists. They go in my wallet until I get home. They are then removed, the information recorded, and the cards filed.
What is in my wallet that I can show people and say, “Yes, I am an artist.”? Nothing. Does that make me less of an artist? No. I have the knowledge in my brain, the passion in my heart, and the tools in my hands.
So, my question to you is this: What is in your wallet or purse to show that you are an artist? Is it necessary?
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