In the follow-on book, Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered, Austin Kleon talks about the art-stealing process in reverse. Doing the giving rather than stealing. Here are my reflections on the topic in the book.
“Even the Renaissance Had to be Funded”
Art is not always free. Artists invest time and energy into their craft, so receiving financial compensation in exchange is only natural and logical.
As a fan, celebrate your favorite artists’ successes regardless.
“Pass Around the Hat”
Selling your art for money is not a sin – people do that all the time. It also does not cheapen the value of the art.
Selling your work does take a value-add mindset. Do not be discouraged if some people do not wish to pay.
Work on your art and make it so much better to a point where people would pay for it.
“Keep a Mailing List”
Consider this simple model:
Give away great stuff on the website. Collect people’s emails with their permission.
When you have something remarkable to share or sell, send an email.
“Make More Work for Yourself”
Do good work and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.
Creativity is all about change—moving forward, taking chances, exploring new frontiers. Meanwhile, the real risk is in not changing.
Kleon said, “Be ambitious. Keep yourself busy. Think bigger. Expand your audience. If an opportunity comes along that will allow you to do more of the kind of work you want to do, say Yes. If an opportunity comes along that would mean more money, but less of the kind of work you want to do, say No.”
“Pay it Forward.”
Within reason, create opportunities for others.
In the end, “You just have to be as generous as you can, but selfish enough to get your work done,” said Kleon.