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:
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!