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Why Every Artist Should be a Great Storyteller

 

Why Every Artist Should be a Great Storyteller

Expertly telling your story is the best kind of organic marketing you can do to promote your art because people care almost as deeply about how you create, as they do about the end product.

So you’re a visual artist and you rely on the visual element of your work to sell it and captivate viewers in a single glance. But while art does indeed speak for itself, it only tells part of your story. The other, often-overlooked part is “Who is the person behind the signature scribbled on this amazing piece?”

While it’s impossible to pinpoint a tangible career-elevating payoff to telling your story, there are clear benefits. In today’s competitive marketplace a good story can say things about your character that your art can’t, which can help give you an edge over similar

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Great Art Comes Only from Those Willing to be Vulnerable

“Great art comes from great pain.” A fully loaded and explosive statement if ever there was one, this is the primary proposition in Christopher Zara’s recent book Tortured Artists, a collection of forty-eight profiles on some of the most celebrated artists of the millennium—from Mozart to Woolf, Garland to Disney. What exactly, though, is Mr. Zara suggesting? According to the managing editor of Show Business himself, “I never claimed that art cannot be produced without suffering, only that art produced without suffering is not likely to be very good.”

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Indie Art: Writer/Musician Dao Strom Opens Her Circle to a New Audience

Dao Strom at Shore Acres State Park, Oregon, by Lincoln Meeker

“We Were Meant to Be a Gentle People” is a musical and literary project that combines an EP with illustrated chapbook to explore the history and culture of Vietnam. After her agent said her manuscript was “too literary” to market, writer and musician Dao Strom took the project to the Oregon Arts Commission and earned a Career Opportunity Grant. Now she seeks a new audience with an internet campaign at Indiegogo.com.

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