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I'm sharing the joys and trials of moving toward the holy grail of art licensing, and the resultant successes and personal growth experiences.
See you there!
It's been swell living here on my website with my blog and everything, but I think I need more flexibility, the ability to add pictures, offer webinars, run faster, jump higher !!!, and the ability to communicate with more ease with those of you who are hanging out with me here.
So we're moving!
I love that this requires NO boxes, NO packing tape! Whoopee!
Won't you come to the housewarming? Here's the address: www.artlicensingblog.wordpress.com.
By the way, I have started a Group Page on Facebook, "Freeing Ourselves Through Art", which you can find by going here: www.Facebook.com/Freedom.Through.Art. This isn't an art licensing page, but it is about sharing what art does for us: give us fun, insight, creativity, exploration. On that group page I've put a sample page of my upcoming art journal/personal growth coloring book there for everyone to download. I hope you'll join me there too. Say hi if you do, okay?
[By the way, if you haven't yet learned how to get a url for your Fan or Group pages on Facebook, head to this link: http://www.askdavetaylor.com/create_custom_url_for_facebook_fan_page.html. You'll be off and running in no time!]
So this is the last blog from this address, and I look forward to offering you some finger food and champagne when you arrive at www.artlicensingblog.wordpress.com! Thank you so much to those of you who have subscribed to this blog - I hope you will consider opening a new subscription at the new digs. Over time I may transfer some of the more popular blog entries to the new one - we'll see if time allows. Meanwhile, this one will still be here; I just won't be adding to it.
See you at the new place!
I just took a walk through a new art licensing website - mmacgregordesign.com - and I want to recommend it to you as a really fine example of how simply, beautifully and cleanly an art licensing website can be done.
Tara Reed suggests - and it makes great sense to me - that when offering an art licensing website, you stick to art licensing and put nothing else in that particular website. In other words, if you want to sell your products yourself in a non-licensing manner, don't put that information into your art licensing website.
Marilyn MacGregor has stuck to licensing, and done it beautifully. Take a look at her website - www.mmacgregordesign.com while I tell you why I not only think that this is a tremendous sample website, but why I removed pages from my own and streamlined it using some of the ideas from her outline - e.g., showing the icons that make up the pattern, and showing the pattern as well.
I know she inspired me reorganize and redesign my own, and as a result my website has really increased the professionalism of its look, reflecting self-confidence, capability and style. Thanks, Marilyn!
NOTE TO BLOG SUBSCRIBERS: Thank you for subscribing! I want to keep you with me, so I want you to know that I am considering making a move to Wordpress. If I follow through with that, you'll have to re-subscribe to keep the blog notifications rolling. So I wanted to give you a heads up and tell you that I will keep you posted!
Would you like to be on my email list? If so, let me know by sending your name and email address, and I'll send you a recording of my most popular blog - "It's All About You" - that you can play when you need to remember that competition is all in your head, and that you can change your thinking and get back on track. I am working on a workshop and an art journal, and I would love to keep you posted.
Cheers! Keep on keepin' on!
It's a new day. January 1, 2012. Time to get our licensing on!
I don't do New Year's Resolutions, but I am aware of a profound shift available to me as the old year walks off into the sunset, leaving me with all the green newness of the new year before me. So, what to create in this brand new year? What seeds to plant?
The two major seeds, this January 1? A day job, and licensing contracts. So, it's time to get practical. Since we can all use a little bit of organizational butt-kicking once in a while - and particularly after a holiday season, I'm thinking - I want to share with you my plans, beginning January 3rd (I'm still on vacation, so it'll wait, but only until 6:00AM, 1/3/12! I'm locked and loaded!).
I am going to start by using (1) A Daily Schedule, and (2) An Intentions List.
The Daily Schedule
The daily schedule is going to look like this (in theory, anyway, until the practice portion of our program shows me what adjustments need to be made):
6:00AM - Meditation
7:00AM - Food
8:00AM-Noon - Le Job Hunt! And email check (personal and business).
Noon-1:00PM - Food (see the repetitive pattern here? I do like to eat.). And a walk.
1:00-2:00 - Gather information on two, and only two, places to submit my work for that day,
2:00-3:00 - Do what I can to put my work into proper submission format for those two places.
3:00-4:00 - Submit! Mail! Email! Whatever it takes to make my new daily goal of 2 submissions.
4:00-5:00 - Draw
5:00-6:00 - Food (Yay!)
6:00-8:00 - Draw, Draw, Draw, and work on my business and marketing (Somewhere in there I'm supposed to be blogging, etc..., which brings up The Intentions List).
The Intentions List
Here's where the Daily Schedule takes a shot to the head, I'm afraid, because as I become more invested in growing my business, these intentions are going to impinge on and irrevocably alter my Daily Schedule! Here we go:
(1) Setting up webinars.
(2) Doing some marketing in regards to my blog, and looking into video and audio blogging.
(3) Communicating on a daily basis with my fellow artists - through LinkedIn, email, Skype, whatever it takes.
(4) Continuing to learn about licensing from Tara Reed, Joan Beiriger and others. And continuing to apply what I'm learning!
(5) Preparing art for Valentine's Day projects I've been invited to participate in.
(6) Continuing to work on my art collections so that I have 12 pieces for each collection; this is supposed to be the magic number.
(7) Continuing to create other artistic marketing tools that are not yet completed.
This is more organizational thinking than I've ever done in my life - at least for my own business. I've been an administrative type for too many years to count, and I've done the organizational bit for others' businesses. But for my own? Different! And now that I'm looking at the daily schedule and the intentions -uh - I'm gonna have to do my daily schedule over again. D'oh!
I will be having a talk with my cat, Thomas, to let him know that if my head explodes, he should just prop me up against my desk until I come to.
Oh yes...I forgot about the recording session I'm going to be doing on the 6th for my singing. Where does that fit in, exactly?
If anyone has any better organizational ideas, I am all ears!
Hi! I am a licensing artist, professional actor, and ardent lover of just about anything creative. My motto is "Enjoy! Succeed! Share!" This blog is a window into art licensing as well as my artwork and the creative process that feeds, delights and sometimes pummels us all. Here's to the artists!