Then the next few scrolls will make you a very happy person.
“I give up, I’m just going to paint in obscurity. The art market is bullshit anyway.”
“Wow, I’ve made it. I’m thriving as an internationally successful artist!” in as little as ONE year (WITHOUT sacrificing your integrity as an artist, pandering to the market and doing “business stuff” 24/7).
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I have a Google Drive that is full to the brim with real life success stories and unsolicited testimonials like this.
The good news is that none of these people are “special”.
No special education.
No special connections or friends in the Art World.
No special secret advantage.
Listen to their stories and ask yourself, “Are these people an entirely different breed of artist?”
Your answer will be a big, resounding NO. If they can make it in the Art World, so can you.
So read what students are saying (taken right from the classroom comments where you will meet many artists, including the ones below)...
And when you’re finished, just click enroll and take the first step on the journey toward a thriving art career!
" I received $1000 today"
- Alexander Vlachos, Musician, Artist
"More good news: A collector who has collected my work in the past, responded to my letter asking him to invest in my dream to create a new body of work by purchasing $2100 worth of works from the studio rather than simply donating money towards my project. I'm excited. That means I've raised a total of $7,175 since starting the course last month.
Thank you for the motivation and pragmatic advice, Brainard!"
- Gabrielle Senza, Artist
"I was out of town for a few weeks but when I came back yesterday I was pleasantly surprised to see 2 checks waiting for me. I am thrilled 😁"
- Alison Wells, Artist
"I'm happy to report that I've raised $1805 towards my $15k goal! Not bad for my first mailing, if I do say so myself."
- Rob Hessler, Artist
"Received my first donation of $150 today!"
- Stina Aleah, Artist
"Today has been a whirlwind type of day. I have lots I want to share with all of you but the details are not finalized yet. but, I will tell you my project was completely funded by one patron today. All $17,600! I still have the other $1600 coming in the mail this week. I still can't believe it!
Thank you Brainard Carey for teaching this class and I want to thank all of you that nudged me to jump in and do it!"
- Barry L. Wingard, Artist
"I got 400 in donations and sold a drawing for 225! Now off to write more letters!"
- Ianthe Jackson, Artist
"I just received a Paypal donation of $250 from a patron! Thanks, Brainard. "
- Dawn Boyer, Artist
"This is magic! I raised 80% of my goal in just one week. It's amazing how generous people are if you just ask! Thanks Brainard Carey!"
- Kim Faler, Artist
"OMG! I just got back my first SASE with a check for $2,000--which covers 2/3 of my funding goal for the project!!!!!!!!!!!!😄😃😄😃😄😃😍"
- Holly Tempo, Artist
"So, I'm completing the course at a GLACIAL pace, because it's a busy producing season for me - but, EXCITING NEWS...
My dance company has the opportunity to put roots down in a little studio space in a prime location. It was a time sensitive offer and we do not have money in the bank. I've been cultivating donors with a collaborator to make this happen, but still hadn't made that solo ask. Well, yesterday I was chatting with someone and it organically happened! She made a $1337 dollar donation to pay for a month's operating expenses! SO PUMPED and feeling less afraid.!"
- Sarah Duclos, Dancer, Artistic Director at Neoteric Dance Collabortive
"After taking Brainard's course on sponsors and patrons, I mustered up the courage and asked a patron and received a check for $5,000 to aid my studio practice.
- Karen Hampton, Artist
"I just got my first PayPal donation!!"
- Tim DeChristopher, Artist
"Hi Brainard! Sent out my first letter (email) the other day and was promised $1500 by October. "
- Vasia Markides, Artist
"...My neighbor made it down the mountain this afternoon on a quest for a new heat tape - but none existed. He picked up my mail…brought it to my studio where I was working and offered me a ride down to my truck now that the road was plowed enough to get it back home. I poured through the mail, my tummy flip-flopped when I found an envelope marked "Cla-------k." After your advise to Google (name withheld) I decided that being the sole patron of the Bison Bench was unlikely since he doesn't make as much $ as I thought. I had quietly settled on a wished-for number in my mind for the check to be….knowing that it could be anything and afraid to be disappointed but right in my hand was a check written for the wished-for number……………….$10,000.00…!!!!!!
My blue mood blew away with the same force of the snow flurries outside!!!
I am taking a treat to my neighbor right now before settling into my cozy cabin with running water and a grin.
I can hardly wait to continue my fundraising efforts tomorrow. I plan to make the goal of $20,000 before the end of the year (and shop for NEW tires ASAP)
- Amber-Jean, Artist
"OMG! Just received my first donation - $1000!"
"Came home to two more donations in the mail! Another $500, putting me well over the $4000 mark. Yay!"
- Amy WIlliams, Artist
"I just had my first studio visit and she took 6 paintings - Also A show in February"
- Ann Friedlander
"I just set up a coffee date with a professor from Italy to talk over the Light show you posted. Thanks for the info and inspiration to use info as a tool to make deeper connections within my community :D
"Excited to join the class and want to thank Brainard for being generous with resources. I applied to the Odessa Biennial that Brainard mentioned and got in! This will be my first international show and a homecoming to my native Ukraine. Much gratitude"
- Tatyana Ostapenko
"I have news to share and I hope this is an encouragement to all. I did the course work and first worked on fine tuning the website and bio. thanks to all that helped but this is really a shout out to Brainard's suggestions. THEY WORK. I am happy to share I just achieved my third gallery and each gallery is a step up in my career. Do what he says and it will work for you. THANK YOU Brainard for sharing your knowledge.
- Ct Cummins
"I took some of the things I learned in your class and applied them! I had a studio visit with the owner of a small gallery on the lower east side. She said that she was interested in working with me... Also, I had the visit today, she said she is booked until June (month long shows). We talked a little about designing a solo show, and that she would want to see what I had planned."
- Justin Cloud
"Your techniques and advice/support was very helpful. After a 2 day business trip to SF from LA and contacting 15 SF galleries and 4 curators for appointments I connected to the right one, and 2 weeks later she offered me a solo show for next month because her other artist needed more time and she had the slot open & knew I had the work. So again, thank you."
- Carole Silverstein
Brainard Carey has written five books for artists in between other books. His most famous best sellers are: Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, and The Art World Demystified. His most recent books are Fund Your Dreams like a Creative Genius and Sell Online like a Creative Genius as well as the forthcoming Succeed with Social Media like a Creative Genius.
He enjoys being an educator as well as a successful artist.
Carey grey up in New York City, and after going to SUNY Purchase for his BFA, the world became his masters degree and his love and passion developed for teaching other artists like himself the steps on how to navigate the mysterious art world, which inspired him to write more than five best sellers. Those books he wrote became his Phd.
Brainard believes in action. After college he opened a gallery and began publishing a print magazine as well. He ran both businesses for a decade. After 10 years of experience and in-depth learning of the business of selling art, he moved back to Manhattan and opened up his storefront studio on 10th Street. He started meeting many people in the industry which encouraged him to focus on his art full time.
When he got into his first major shows, The Whitney Biennial and The Greater New York show at PS1, he began to consult and help artists. He has always felt that it is important to help other artists and the best way to do so is to reveal your knowledge to fellow artists. Carey believes the more exhibiting artists there are in the world, the better the place we will all live in will be.
"Without successful artists on the planet we will all be missing so much beauty in so many different forms" Carey says. His goal is to be able to offer as much help as possible to artists to navigate the rocky waters of the art world so that the art can have its day and be shared.
Carey also interviews major and minor figures from all over the art world for his Yale University radio program, The Lives of the Artists. To date he has interviewed over 1000 artists, writers and curators and draws on those interviews for his courses designed to benefit artists careers.
Currently, he continues to co-direct Praxis Center with his wife Delia Carey as well as working professionally as a collaborative art making team that creates installations and interactive performances.