Thrive or Die

Plants are affected by the environments in which they live. Too dry, too wet, too hot, too cold, these are all things that can cause damage to a plant if it isn’t prepared to deal with the conditions. An unusually warm fall can result in plants’ inability to acclimatize or harden off in time for winter temperatures leaving them vulnerable to cold injury. A plant that receives too much or not enough water can find itself unable to absorb the nutrients it needs to grow and thrive.

Artists are not unlike plants in many ways. As a rule, there is the need to acclimatize to life as a hustling, struggling artist working hard to make a career. The environment in which an artist lives can also affect their ability to succeed. A too saturated market or a vast chasm of emptiness will both result in failure to thrive. Not knowing where or how to promote oneself is a sure fire way to wither and fade.

Much like with plant care, knowing the ins and outs of building an art career is not something we are born with. It takes learning, trial and error, and a willingness to experiment to see what works and what doesn’t. You can stack the deck in your favor by knowing the tricks to get ahead in the industry much like you can increase your odds of a great garden by choosing plants that are hardy and well suited to your climate and landscape.

Cultivating your career is both precise and completely unscientific. While there are tried and true methods you can employ to ensure things are running smoothly, there is a certain amount of, well, art when it comes to knowing how to navigate the garden of the art world.

There are countless books, magazines, shows, podcasts, websites, and more directing gardeners in the art of helping their plants flourish. Consider this your go-to garden guide for everything you need to know to make your art career bloom and grow.

If landscapers are the answer to an enviable garden, then Praxis Center is the driving force behind more and more artists every day who are joining up, tuning in, and getting educated about what it is they need to do in order to develop a sustainable art career. One that changes with the seasons and remains perennial no matter where the trends and markets go. Don’t you think it’s time to sow the seeds of your own career?

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