7 Attributes of the Entrepreneurial Artist

Artists create for multiple reasons.

  • Some artists create for their own pleasure.
  • Some artists create for others.
  • Some artists create for profit, seeking to sell their work.

But there is one artist who creates for all those reasons and a myriad of others–this is the entrepreneurial artist.

the entrepreneurial artist
Photo Credit: Mark Mathosian

1. The entrepreneurial artist embraces obstacles as opportunities.

He knows that each challenge is an opportunity for breakthrough problem solving, leading to greater creativity, greater freedom and potentially greater profit.

2. The entrepreneurial artist fosters an environment of sustainability with his creativity.

She gives freely, charges freely, and shares freely.

3. The entrepreneurial artist believes that what he creates has value.

He knows his worth and therefore his work has worth as well.

4. The entrepreneurial artist believes business is not boring.

She flavors even the most mundane email or social media update with unique zest.

5. The entrepreneurial artist rebrands everything to the positive.

He masters positive spin. Where others would be negative, he always sees a positive (see #1).

6. The entrepreneurial artist serves others. (click here to tweet that)

She is self-confident without arrogance, knowing that any artist entrepreneur ultimately is a servant.

7. The entrepreneurial artist never gives up.

He never gives up. Ever.


Question: Artists: do you believe you’re an entrepreneur? Entrepreneurs: do you believe you are artists?

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Author: Andrew Zahn

I'm a son, husband, dad, business owner, actor and good sleeper/eater. On this blog, I pave a highway for creative growth by providing food, water, and shelter for those wishing to live, work, and play with creative zest.

  • Michael

    Excellent post. I will share this with my students this week.

  • This is absolutely awesome Andrew. Really love that quote! Do you think there is any difference between the artist, entrepreneur, and entrepreneurial artist?

    • It’s funny that you mention that, Jim–because we’re talking about that tonight on this Twitter chat: tinyurl.com/chgnfft

      To answer your question…I think many artists don’t realize they are actually entrepreneurs…that they must have some business savvy to survive (unless all they want to do it create and don’t want to sustain their creativity).

      • whats the specific Twitter Chat Andrew? That link was a bit funky…thanks!

        • Sorry about that…the hashtag is #handmadechat and it starts at 8 PM. Hop in if you can!