How to introduce yourself as an artist

[This is part of the Building Your Profile as an Artist series]

If you’re like most aspiring artists, then you’ve probably experienced that make-or-break moment when meeting someone new … I call it the “what do you do?” moment. It’s the moment when someone asks you what you do and you either tell them that you’re an artist of some form or you tell them about your day job.

And if you’re like most aspiring artists, you feel too guilty introducing yourself as the artist you truly are because you feel like you don’t really deserve to be called an artist. Whether you feel that way because you haven’t reached a professional level yet, because you aren’t spending a lot of time practicing your art, or because you’re not confident talking about your work yet is irrelevant … the point is you’re telling people about your day job.

People don’t want to here about your day job.

Day jobs are boring.

Talking about your day job makes you boring.

We often make the mistake in thinking “what do you do?” means “how do you make money?” … which is why some artists feel guilty calling themselves artists. The truth is, people are interested in learning more about you, so they ask “what do you do” … which you shouldn’t look at as “what do you do with the majority of your time (40 hours a week)?” but rather “who are you and what are you passionate about?”

As they say, first impressions are everything when it comes to building relationships — especially when you’re business depends on it, — so it’s important to you as an artist that your first impression with the people you meet is confident, interesting, and desirable.

This applies to your activity online as well – especially on your gallery or blog. If you don’t present yourself with these three qualities, chances are the visitor isn’t going to stick around.

Subscribe or check back throughout the week, as I’ll be posting about just that — being confident, interesting, and desirable.

cc image credit: patrickreza



  1. says

    Thanks for writing this, Christopher. Yes, I’ve felt this same self-doubt when I have to introduce myself to someone new. I’m passionate about blogging, but I feel like I can’t call myself a blogger until I’m earning a full-time income from it. Your messages frees me from that.

    Really nice work. I’ve been looking for a blog like this, with advice on how artists can harness the power of the Internet.

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