February 12, 2018 at 4:54 pm #1837
Ralph SerpeParticipant3 #believe points
I know everyone here is busy, so I thank you in advance for reading and any advice that you can provide as I am in dire straits at the moment. I haven’t visited this forum for quite some time. Been really busy working on my dream and it has been a really tough road.
I am currently unemployed due to health problems. I do have an online side business, but I make very little money from it for reasons I don’t have time to go into. My art and music are all that l I have at the moment. For the past year or so, my financial situation has been so bad I haven’t been able to afford supplies, so I have been creating mostly digital art and music. I have my art and music on a number of sites currently: instagram, facebook, youtube, behance.net, and an online shop on society6. I don’t have a big following, but there are a handful of galleries and influential people from around the world following me which is great, but I am not in this for the popularity or the adulation. I am in this to make a living and feed my family. I am so tired and lost right now. I have no idea how to turn all of this into a business.
Here is my instagram page. It includes everything I am currently working on:
Any ideas, advice, etc. would be most helpful. Thank you so much!
February 13, 2018 at 12:27 pm #1838
MihovilKeymaster124 #believe points
Hey Ralph! Welcome back!
I’m so sad to hear about your situation but I’m happy that you remembered us during the hard times.
Considering everything I would say:
1. Go for what is cheapest to create and can be sold. In your case that would be digital art and music, right? Even if that is not what you want to focus on at the moment, if it sells, go for it.
2. Promote THAT work on your social media, invite followers to share it as well.
3. Find more people that would potentially be interested in buying or at least sharing your work. Perhaps some art blog authors would love to review your work?
“I am not in this for the popularity or the adulation. I am in this to make a living and feed my family.” – The more popular you are the more you will be able to sell and help your family. 🙂
Question, what is selling better, colorful artwork or portraits?
I love your portraits. Are you making them based on people’s photographs or live models? I can easily see people sending you their photographs and paying for you to create some awesome artwork based on that. 🙂
Hope this helps at least a little bit. 🙂
February 14, 2018 at 6:51 am #1840
JaimeParticipant77 #believe points
Ralph I really feel for you and you’re family and the tough health situation you’re in.
I have ME/CFS and have had multiple occasions that my health has forced me out of the workforce for multiple years at a time, so I feel like I know where you are coming from.
I can only speak to my own experience and it rang true for me when I read this line
I am in this to make a living and feed my family
To me the dream is good, and we should do everything to keep it alive, unfortunately sometimes reality of needing food and shelter means putting that into a secondary position to making money. It’s a very unfortunate reality.
You are clearly a very talented artist. I just watched this video and thought of you.
The title start freelancing if you’re broke. Obviously you need to make adjustments based on your health situation which you didn’t go into much detail about so can only guess. My head went straight to my own experience which was that of someone homebound and unable to go out into the world/workplace to drum up business.
If that’s the case for you, phone calls, and other electronic means would be my way and I’d be looking to create a freelancing gig out of your skills. You mention you have a side business but didn’t go in to what that was. Is it freelancing?
Anyway I hope at least that gives you something different to at least consider if it will work for you in your situation.
February 22, 2018 at 2:11 pm #1853
J-RyzeParticipant148 #believe points
Ralph, I’ve been evicted, homeless, broke, jailed, failed multiple art businesses etc. — I’m not saying I know what you’re going through, but I can share what got me through.
I let go. I gave up. I released the struggle. I surrendered. I just started laying around, and when I got bored, I got an impulse to share my advice on various forums, for free. And by sharing this for free, I got a lot of praise, and people took notice, and then hired me. Evan himself quit on his own business, and it was that moment, that letting go, that was a turning point for him too.
I believe every human being is valuable, has value inside them, and others somewhere in the world are eager to pay for it.
You are valuable. And your value is about to be rewarded. You’re at a turning point. Believe it.
Anyway, I’m glad you’re getting some love from others here, and I LOVE giving advice. I feel my advice is my art. I make it unique & tailored for the individual, and I #believe it’s why Evan is open to my counsel.
I dont recommend ‘panicked’, ‘desperate’ action as I’ve never seen it be effective or helpful, but if you DO need to take action you can offer art/music skills on fiverr.com , peopleperhour.com , or subreddits such as https://www.reddit.com/r/forhire/ , https://www.reddit.com/r/MusicInTheMaking/ , https://www.reddit.com/r/hireanartist/
February 23, 2018 at 1:21 pm #1856
MihovilKeymaster124 #believe points
I really didn’t take into consideration Ralph’s health factor like you did, @Jaime. Good point. 🙂
@j-ryze, you indeed went through hell and back! But it is interesting, many (or most?) successful people ryze after they have been knocked down badly. And I love the part of letting go. Sometimes we hold to something that is not serving us in the first place. Ego is a messed up thing when turned against ourselves. 🙂
February 23, 2018 at 2:53 pm #1857
Zach BucklerParticipant13 #believe points
Hi Ralph! Thank you so much for reaching out. I am part of a supportive freelance community via Lancebase.com. This community has a tips and tutorial section as well as a freelance classified section. I think you would like it there. Take care.
February 24, 2018 at 10:34 am #1869
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