Why Artists Have a Natural Edge as Entrepreneurs

Hey, hey Superstar!

You probably noticed that I’ve been doing a lot of guest appearances lately. What can I say? I simply can’t help myself!

Each time I meet a new business owner, their story and their passion gets me revved up. I can’t help but see their heart and hard work and be inspired.

So thank you Superstar, you are the reason I have this business. You are my motivation to keep going and to create more great content for you.

That motivation is something my latest inspiration shares. Her name is Jar Brown and she runs Fioreme, a new beauty and culture magazine. Jar calls this magazine her flower.

“Fiore means flower in Italian, and me is Jar… This new magazine Fioreme will bring you all the flowers you need!”

But Jar really hooked me when she said,

“Everyone deserves to see, feel, smell, and receive their flowers while they’re still breathing… I hope to inspire and reach out to as many as I can through words of inspiration, motivation and passion.”

How I could I say no to that?

Fioreme is now doing a very special interview series. They’re reaching out to poets, painters, and artists at heart to talk about entrepreneurship and business. It’s a great interview series and highly encourage you to check it out.

I was invited because of my expertise on that nasty Starving Artist Mentality. Jar and I talked art and business, overcoming money monsters, and how staying organized can make you more money. Along the way, I outlined reasons why Artists have a natural edge as Entrepreneurs.

Please enjoy your sneak peak of my Fioreme interview. Afterwards, read the full interview here.

First, let me say that too many people spend too much time trying to define “true artists.” They obsess about classifying and separating Art with a capital A from mass produced drivel and for the most part I think these people are full of it. You do not have to work in a particular field or produce a particular kind of product to be an artist. An artist is simply someone who dreams of a better future. That’s why they’re driven to create. They want to leave the world a more beautiful place than they found it.

For this reason, artistry and business go hand in hand. Not only do artists make natural entrepreneurs, but creatives provide an incredibly valuable service. They create beauty, and in doing so they organize a chaotic world. 

An artist is simply someone who dreams of a better future. That's why they're driven to create.

Remember, you’re not just a photographer. You’re a historian here to document the most important moment in your client’s life. You don’t sell watercolors. You create attractive treasures to brighten hearths and homes and you don’t just make handmade jewelry. You create unique and beautiful pieces to magnify the uniqueness and beauty of those who wear them. Hone in on this value, market it, and you’ll have a successful business in no time.

That’s why the tagline for BKA is Championing Artistry in Business. I love what artists do and I want to further their creative edge in the entrepreneurial world. Unfortunately, too many of us undervalue ourselves by buying into that Starving Artist Mentality.

The Starving Artist Mindset tells you that creativity and business don’t go together. It says you’ll never be rich as an artist, so why bother trying? Why bothering budgeting, saving, or planning for the future when you can’t expect a good outcome? People trapped by this mindset glorify “true artists” who accept their downtrodden place in life and nobly suffer for the sake of their creation.

The result is a lot of unhappy creatives with money problems. They work like mad, and yet they can’t survive those lean months between jobs. They live paycheck to paycheck, and are desperate for their next gig because they don’t know how they’ll survive until it comes along.

Unfortunately, you don’t have to be an artist to find yourself in a similar situation. Too many people are plagued by similar money monsters. The Starving Artist Monster happens to glamorize a particular lifestyle in a particular industry, but you can find people from all walks of life telling you stories about the greedy, grubby, nasty rich people who ruin everything for the “little guys.”


The Starving Artist Mindset tells you that creativity and business don't go together.

It’s not all bad, however. This tough lifestyle does make artists perfect candidates for entrepreneurship. After all, artists are extremely hardworking and passionate. They are used to scrimping and saving as they chase their dream. Most important of all, they are used to the word telling them their dream isn’t good enough. They are used to hearing the word no.

Everything about this description makes artists natural entrepreneurs. Every successful business owner I know has a similar abundance of heart, discipline, and an unwillingness to take no for an answer. That’s why I see artists and entrepreneurs as two sides of the same coin. Both groups are just crazy enough to think they can change the world.

Fortunately, they can and many artistic entrepreneurs do with a healthier money mindset. Because money is not evil. Money is freedom. It gives you the freedom to move to a better house or get a better job and putting your money to work as a entrepreneur is how you build a better life for yourself. It is how artists can invest in their own future.

Anyone who tells you otherwise is trapped by a money monster of their own and would rather you stay trapped too than leave them behind. I particularly hate it when I see this behavior from fellow creatives who are plagued by the Starving Artist Monster. Instead of honing in on their unique value, they undervalue their unique talents and cheat themselves. Every single one of them could become comfortably successful as CEOs of their own creative empires if they just believed they could.

That’s why I love what I do. I love teaching creative entrepreneurs to think and act like money-savvy CEOs. The financial expertise I provide, however, merely supports individuals who already had the heart, the originality, and the drive to be successful in business.

So please don’t feel intimidated by all this money and tax stuff. All the fancy jargon and all the traditional “business” stuff can all be taught to you. Head over to my blog or get in touch to find out how. No, what I most want you to take away from this interview is that you already have the traits necessary to succeed in business. You already have the creativity and resilience of an artist. If you can hold onto that, there are plenty of people who, like me, will champion your success.