May
12
2010

Looking by Valerie (Valry) Drake

I will be attending Surtex in New York City this spring. Surtex is an art licensing trade show. The exhibitors will be artists who license their work and artist's agents. Surtex is held in conjunction with The National Stationery Show and my ticket to Surtex also gets me into NSS. NSS has exhibitors who are (predictably) stationery manufacturers - a large market for art licensing. There are also several seminars offered at the shows which sound extremely valuable.If you are not familiar with the term, licensing is when artwork is used on manufactured products and the artist receives a percentage based on how many of those items sold. Think ab... [More]
May
12
2010

Single Mom Artists - The Power of Self Made Money by M Theresa Brown

Single mothers are everywhere. They are from every race, every religion and every nationality. They are so common that no one gives them a second thought. Single moms come from every financial strata. But their challenges are the same and their desire to nurture and protect their children are the same. The discrimination they face is the same. Single mom artists face another series of challenges. The main challenge is how they can use their artistic skills to bring home additional money. What can you create to stretch that ridiculous child support check? How can you pay for luxuries when you can barely afford the necessities? How do you break... [More]
May
12
2010

Importance of Grabbing the Right Domain Name by M Theresa Brown

I am sharing a couple of questions from artists who have emailed me with concerns about domain names. This is a great opportunity to share these discussions with other artists as the importance of grabbing and owning the right domain name cannot be underestimated! I have selected two questions that I feel are of major interest to other artists. Question One (edited):I use my name for one of my domain names as well as the other with my first two initials and last name. The problem with the first name is that when clients do a search, it leads to an undesirable site. The other, with the initials, simply causes confusion with my clients. What wo... [More]

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