Arts Smarts

Is it time to make your art into a business? Image: Shutterstock
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Can your arts skills pay the bills? The questions to ask to find out whether you can turn a hobby into a career.
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The Big Idea Editor
Works by Mike Langford (left) and Jackie Ranken (right) capture Jackson Bay Wharf, from their Symbiosis II exhibition.
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Mary de Ruyter talks to two artists and asks them how they made it to the point of an enviable creative life.
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Mary de Ruyter
Callum Campbell (right) is the founder of Discholars, which offers music lessons using digital and electronic instruments in a new way.
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Got a brilliant idea for a creative product or service, but need help taking it to the next level? Massey’s Master of Creative Enterprise could be for you.
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The Big Idea Editor
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There can be internal or external pressure to "pick one thing" in our careers, but several arts professionals share how they embraced multiple passions, paths and creative pursuits.
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The Big Idea Editor
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Passionate about a creative pursuit, but too scared to turn it into a full-time career? Here’s some expert advice to help you make the leap.
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Kate Powell
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Its the time of the year that we review what's working. Arts industry figures share their stories about knowing when it's time to seek the next challenge, and how to handle the process of moving on.
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The Big Idea Editor
Jon Toogood. Supplied.
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Thinking about returning to university after a long gap, or for the first time as an adult student? Shihad’s Jon Toogood has been there, done that, and has some advice.
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Steff Green
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If you work in the arts, at some point you’re bound to experience the dreaded rut. Kathryn Burnett has some top tips for moving forward the next time your creative juices stop flowing.
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The Big Idea Editor
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.
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For writers, performers and other artists, social media can be both fertile and frightening. ABC’s Osman Faruqi shares some tips on looking after yourself online.
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The Big Idea Editor
Photo by Caleb Jones on Unsplash.
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Embracing failure is one of the hardest challenges we face as professionals. How to use those failures is a lesson all arts organisations need to learn.
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The Big Idea Editor