Being Creative

Now moving forward, we still have about two hundred words to do today to moving forward so we are going to give you some very useful secrets of the creative process.

The biggest secret of all is that creativity is actually not something to worry about. You are always creative even if you don’t think you are. Just think of all the parts that make up you.

You are walking around and doing what you do daily, and all the while you have a thought process. This thought process, if pointed at your creative goals, will enable you to make creative choices. Very simple, indeed.

So why not try it right now. Or maybe don’t actually do the physical chunk about to be unfolded. Imagine it instead.

Let’s imagine that you are writing an eBook as we are right now. What topic would make sense for you next. Think through the kinds of topics you have had in your lifetime. Pick one that you like. Now look at what you are intending to write about. See if you can meld your idea of a topic and what you are bout to write about, Get an image for it now. We are thinking that we want to cheer you on. So maybe some cheerleading image would be appropriate. Let’s explore usplash.com for some ideas.

A New Marketing eBook that We Just Read the Preview of

Profitable for Your Business

Last time we took a look at what it takes to create an eBook, so it made sense that this go around we explore an actual eBook product that is soon to hit the marketplace. The eBook is entitled “Create Profitable Marketing” and as the title implies it is about how to create marketing that is profitable for your business.

Worth the Investment

We saw aspects of what we liked and what we didn’t like. For example one thumbs down was the organization of it. It seemed like it had been thrown together, thrown together passionately though. Despite its shortcomings, even if you get just one little marketing gem, Create Profitable Marketing is well worth the investment.

Three Steps

And we believe you will find something in these pages that will be useful to you. It is clear that a real marketer wrote it, a marketer who may not be much of an other but one who gives a lot in the eBook’s pages. And it is a good fit for being reviewed on this website because like Artist Steps where we are always looking for step by step, Create Profitable often comes back to this concept. Specifically the “thesis” if you will is that much of the books lessons come down to just three steps!

Steps to Create Your Own Nonfiction eBook Product

What are the steps to creating your own nonfiction eBook?

  1.  Know your material or do research.
  2. Figure out a writing schedule and stick to it.
  3. When completed it is not over yet, get it edited.
  4. Make sure your selected images are relevant.
  5. Either find a website that sells your type of book or sell it yourself.
  6. Track sales.
  7. Marketing. Marketing. Marketing

So as you can see it is not a difficult series of steps, so why haven’t you done it yet?!

Steps to Create and Promote Your Blog

Do You Want to Increase the Power of Your Blog?

As you’ve probably noticed we are big on steps when it comes to this website. Hence the name ArtistSteps.org. A nice example of steps in action can be found on one of our favorite websites as of late. It is called DIYdigi and they have an article from today that clearly lays out the process to create and promote your blog.

Areas Explored

Do you have a blog? Do you want a blog? Both of these areas are explored in the post.

Offers

Just to let you know, they do mention their own products and services that are available, but there is enough information of value that this concern falls by the wayside. Or who knows, maybe you’ll want what they offer!

Another Way to Look at Achieving What You Desire

Looking at How Others Did It

Sometimes it is helpful to look to great leaders of the past and analyze how they achieved what they did in their lifetimes.

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” – Nelson Mandela

Chances are that none of us are going to attain what Nelson Mandela did in his lifetime. You’d have to be superhuman to do so. But one can look at the conviction and focus that he had as well as the steps he took.

Consider Rekindling

Even if you gave up on your dream long ago, you can still rekindle it, maybe even in a different way. Without diminishing your original desire, there might be a new way of looking at what you want. Maybe there is an aspect of your original pursuit that you are better fit for now.

Insights Can Help

For more insights to help you along, please take a look at a post on the DIYdigi website. Here’s another important Mandela quote to live by:

It always seems impossible until it is done. – Nelson Mandela

Artists Can Climb the Steps to the Sky

Climb the Steps

It’s never been easier for artists to succeed here in New York City. On the one hand the city is burning up due the looting, rioting and protesting that is going on in our beloved NYC, but on the other hand it provides inspiration for artists to utilize when climbing their steps to the sky.

Integrate It

Think about it. Some of the best work of creators has come from important events and changes of the culture and more of the big cities. You can be a part of that now and integrate it into your work.

Creative Message

Look, current events are not fodder for all artists, but is surely an opportunity for those who want to climb the artists steps. Here is your chance to interpret what is going on and to make it a part of your creative message.

Take Your Artist Steps to a New Consciousness

Not a Straight Line

Here’s a little secret you may not know about. In the mind, steps don’t always have to be linear. Although we use steps to symbolize the ones you take, they don’t actually have to be in a straight line.

Keep Growing

You do though need to take those steps to a new consciousness. At every stage of your artist steps you should be refreshing and redefining what your belief system is. In other words you need to keep growing or you won’t make it to the next step.

Don’t Trip

The way to do this is to have an open mind and know that you don’t know everything but still keep the confidence to believe in yourself. If you do not believe in yourself then you have a problem. Don’t let yourself trip and fall down the stairs.

New Steps Could Be a New Show

Something You May Not Have Considered

This site is, needless to say, all about steps that artists can take in order to be more successful. Steps you may not have considered is becoming a creator of your own online show. This can take a lot of work but can also be quite rewarding.

You Can Get a Form of “Writer’s Block”

Starting a show can be as easy or hard as just starting. Like many things in life starting can be hard. But also the reverse can be true. Not starting can cause anxiety because you can’t motivate yourself or maybe think you don’t have any new ideas.

Which “Pain” is Better?

So taking for a moment that the last paragraph is true, we would want to be on the side of anxiety over taking the steps rather than the anxiety from avoiding the steps. In other words, it is ultimately going to be more rewarding to “do” even if it is painful.

“USA How To” is a New Website that can be Used by Artists

USA How To Website Takes Flight

The recent introduction of the website USA How To has introduced marketing resources that although designed for small businesses, can also work for entrepreneurial artists or ArtisticPreneurs. The ArtisticPreneur family consists of elements that can help those using these components the opportunity to build their creative business.

The Nuance of Creativity

The USAhowto.com site has an interesting take on marketing, seeing it as something that needs to be intuitive. Although there is a page of specific marketing tools, the website itself is more subtle and nuanced when it comes to the promotion arts.

The Big Apple Awards

Also in the news is that although the National Magic Day Awards will be replacing them, The Big Apple Awards will continue to be a category.

 

Yianni Stamas Explores the Question: “How Do I Build if I Am an ArtisticPreneur?”


Know the Definition

Yianni Stamas asks the question “What is an ArtisticPreneur and what is its the defining factor?” He goes on to describe that the word entrepreneur comes from the French word “to undertake.” No, not a grave-digging undertaker, but a person who undertakes risk and initiative with the end goal of financial profit.

Money is Not the Primary Motive

ArtisticPreneurs are risk takers, not only because they take risks toward the goal of making financial profit, but also with their art itself. Making money is not the primary motivation for ArtisticPreneurs who hold on tightly to their desire to succeed as Performing Artists and other kinds of artists.

Create Something that Lasts Beyond You

Stamas goes on further to say that another defining factor of being an ArtisticPreneur is, is that ArtisticPreneurs are working toward achieving something on a business level that is its own entity and could ultimately be run without the ArtistiPreneur’s direct participation. In other words the ArtisticPreneur wants to create and artistic institution that can be run by someone delegated the undertaking, not depending on the ArtisticPreneur. This is kind of our goal with the Big Apple Awards as well as Bigfoot Zombie. The Big Apple Awards has now merged with the Platinum PIAs Awards and the cast of Bigfoot Zombie is evolving with guest spots filled by folks like the Stamas Bros.

Set Up Goals

ArtisticPreneurs generally rely quite heavily on the digital domain, most likely because this is a way to make their art to be known. Also, as mentioned, they are trying to create something that is bigger than they are. This is the key difference between an ArtisticPreneur and a freelancer. A freelancer is generally not concerned with building a business but whose goal is to get the next job as relates to their art form.

Build Something

Freelancers carry many of the same characteristics as ArtistiPreneurs but they aren’t building something that will eventually make a profit while they sleep, take a vacation, or leave for the day.

Taking Steps

So, what can you do to become an ArtisticPrneur? What are the STEPS toward becoming one? Because of the many types of ArtisticPreneurs, there are many different paths you can take. For example, the owner of a theater company wouldn’t take the exact same path as someone who owns an orchestra. But there are some similar steps all of them should take.

Here are some Artist Steps:

Step 1: Find Your Industry or Niche
Step 2: Research Your Market
Step 3: Educate Yourself
Step 4: Build Your Business Slowly Seeking Your Path

Looking at your own experiences in the world of artistic expression is a good place to seek out your path in terms of finding your industry or niche.

Creating an Organization

You should also research your market because you want to make sure that what you are creating as an ArtisticPreneur fills a need. You must pursue something that fills a need for others artistically to help ensure that you will be developing an organization that can survive without you.

Become Business

After you do the step of creating a business that fills a need you want to start to educate yourself as an artisticpreneur. Chances are that looking at your company through the lens of a business person is not something you may have embraced before. Therefore you want to become business savvy.

A Path of Lessons

And finally, building your business slowly is something you’ll want to do. Learning new things does not mean that you jump head on in without knowing how to swim. It is giving yourself the lessons you need take to develop your artisticpreneurial business.