Conquering the Cliche of Starving Artist

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Lessons Learned 

Local artist, Christie Snelson of Art by Christie Snelson talks openly about what it's like to make the transition from part- to full-time artist. She discusses the learning curve she faced when figuring out the "business side of art" and how to best divide her time between painting, administrative work, marketing, and community work. She also shares how payment plans keep money coming in while giving her goals to work toward, keeping her on track financially and deadline-wise. Her thoughts on the term "starving artist"--hopefully if you work hard you won't starve, but day jobs are strongly encouraged. Her advice to those wishing to step out on their own is to work hard, continue to learn, push yourself, and stay focused.