I agree with Suzanne Wades response to this topic. It’s an
interesting question that I’ve been thinking alot about lately. I’ve
been making jewelry for the last 9 years trying out all the various
way to make a real living and enjoy what I do. Last year I went back
to art school to finish my BFA and it really gives me perspective on
what students just starting out may be going through.
Just because someone is an artist doesn't automatically mean they
are an entrepreneur. I think all art courses should include an
"Action Plan" class where students can discuss their options and
motivations. Do they want to be self employed? Do they what a steady
full time job? Do they want to save the world? Most importantly,
what does it really mean to be an entrepreneur (risk,falure…)?
Most artists I know supplement their income by other means like
teaching, writing, running a gallery, selling tools or related
goods. These are viable options. I think your students will benefit
the most from discussing these options and thier individual paths.
If they are dead set on doing it solo, send them to a business
planning class. There’s a great one in San Francisco here:
http://www.rencenter.org I imagine there are others!
Amy O’Connell Jewelry