Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Celebrating My 2009 Accomplishments!
At the end of each year, Alyson Stanfield encourages her followers to write down their accomplishments for the past year. She suggests that you write in a journal or create a document on your computer so the list can be added to over the course of the year.
As Alyson states, on her December 14, 2009 Art Marketing Action Newsletter (http://www.artbizblog.com.), you need to give thanks for the work you did; the people you met; the exhibits you attended; the sales you made, etc...
I have compiled a list from the many inventory of questions the Alyson has thrown out there over the years. What started out as 12 questions has grown into approximately 45 questions that are professional or personal. I have picked the professional ones that worked this year for me.
1. How many works did I create?
2. What trips (local or far away) did I make to nourish my art?
3. What classes/seminars/workshops did I take (business or creative)?
4. What did you try that was completely new?
5. What did I invest in that will help me to run a more profitable or streamlined business?
6. Whom did I meet that has turned out to be a mentor?
7. Whom did I mentor, teach or help out?
8. What books or magazines did I read to help my career?
9. What resources did I discover?
10. How many names did I add to my mailing list?
11. How did I improve my studio habits or routines?
12. Where did my name or artwork appear in print?
13. What did I do to enhance my online presence, such as, my website, FB, twitter, linkedin...?
14. Did I create a new business card, portfolio or marketing piece?
15. Did I create an Artist Statement/Bio?
16. How did I promote my art?
17. What organizations did I join (local, state, national)
18. What worthy causes did I support in some way?
19. What art events, galleries, museums, or art fairs did I visit this year?
20. What exhibits/shows or contests did I submit to?
21. What was the single best thing that happened to your art career in 2009?
I use this list to take stock and see where I need to improve. I hope this list is helpful to you as much as it is to me. The single best thing that happened to me this past year was joining the gallery in my town and accomplishing the majority of my goal list.
I think I will celebrate!