Artists must remain open to great opportunities which come knocking at their doors.
If you’re an artist, then you don’t need a tech blog to tell you that commissions are good ways to keep yourself financially healthy. This is especially true if you happen to be a family man or woman who supports the family through art. Given this, commissions are really the way to go if you want to attract good money.
However, let’s face the bittersweet truth: some artists are not great negotiators or business-minded, and art commissions that start off optimistic can sometimes turn into a sour experience. Nevertheless it’s always good to keep an open mind still, guided by the following tips. These tips will help you maintain good clients, manage their expectations, and produce work with integrity.
Tips for Artists in Commissions
First tip: timing is key. If there’s a random person who expresses that they like one of your works but can’t afford it at the moment, don’t shut them away. Instead, take down their contact info and follow up with them by the end of the day/event. Most people who buy art don’t “need” it. It’s a luxury item that is often an impulse buy – they fall in love with the art and have to have it. But if you wait too long, the infatuation can fade or even transfer to another item.
Second tip: don’t you ever be too shy or timid to state your terms. It’s always wise to have an artist’s agreement signed by both parties to protect you from unwarranted situations. That being said, when things get a little messy and tension-filled in the course of the project, you can always go back to that little piece of paper that protects both you and your client.
Third tip: know exactly what you’re being asked to do. Some clients may be a little vague in their desired output, while others are pretty clear and specific. Nevertheless, it’s still best to know what their expectations are. (You don’t like promo codes when you don’t know what they’re for, do you?) The same principle applies to your commission – always ask what it’s for.
Who knows? The next commission you accept just might be your one big break. With that, just cross your fingers and hope for the best.