Thought for the Day: Publicity

I’ve been surrounded with issues of publicity this weekend: A multi-artist show (of which I was a part); NPR issues on garnering publicity for illegal acts in the White House; and inane submissions to local newspapers for self-promotion.

Upon commenting on news submissions, my friend Jeanne had this to say:

The way I look at it—we all had better become lobbyists for ourselves—no one is going to do it for us.😉 Wouldn’t it be so great if there wasn’t enough bad news and they had to fill up the paper with something and they just interviewed artists?

Yeah, wouldn’t it be nice to fill our days with good news? More importantly, we must become lobbyists for ourselves -no one is going to do that for us.

My recommendation is to survey a number of artists that you admire and stalk them. Read their news (from PR to blogs) to see what they’re up to. You might learn something that you adapt to fit your personal agenda. That’s right, you can admit that outloud. Repeat after me:

I-have-a-personal-agenda.

Excellent! Doesn’t that feel good to get that out in the open? The first step to becoming a working artist is to acknowledge that you are one.

When did you experience your first acknowledgement? Let me know!

3 thoughts on “Thought for the Day: Publicity

  1. Janey in Minnesota says:

    Lisa, I am both a miniature maker and a flute player, and an e-mail friend of Jeanne’s. I can not strongly enough support the idea of acknowledging ourselves FIRST, as working artists. Having said it outloud, it then sparks response from those around us, who can view us as artists. Guess that’s the trick to it anyway, to put out what we want back.
    It was the realization of one of my “flute dreams” to play before an audience on stage, IN PUBLIC, with recognized musicians. Having made the acknowledgement to myself that I am a working artist (flutist), it got me the feedback that others – the audience and the group I played with – view me as such. What a hoot!

    Janey in Minnesota

  2. Jeanne Rhea says:

    Janey, I am so proud of you for learning to play the flute. Anything like that is even harder the older we get—because you are out there—in front of everyone. Not like a painting that you can have someone hang and then never show your face. So what you have done is even braver and probably harder.

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