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At Pop Up Art we are all about ‘You have to be SEEN to be SOLD’.
This premise extends to YOU as an artist, as well as in the exhibition of your work.
Presenting yourself may be challenging but it will be easier to tackle when broken down into specific tasks.
This program provides a structure to assist you.
It’s a 6-week guide to building a portfolio of credentials that will allow you to maximize new opportunities.

Our focus is not on ‘how to’- it’s more about making the space and finding the motivation to tackle an achievable goal. In this sense, we hope to encourage the ‘will to’ do it.

The finished product will be a marketable snap shot of who you are, where you come from and where you are going.
Profile Building For Creatives encourages you to make the process fun, easy and ideally a celebration of you as an artist.

  • Unit 1 : About You – Writing a Short Biography 
  • Unit 2 : The Road Travelled – Writing a CV 
  • Unit 3 : Your Point of View – Artist Statement
  • Unit 4 : A Picture speaks a Thousand words – Biographical Photo
  • Unit 5 : Your Journey in Images – Historical Portfolio 
  • Unit 6 : Happening Now – Current Portfolio

To write a description of yourself as an individual and an artist.

If you are a movie, think of this as your trailer: give the reader a tasty glimpse of your artistic experience.

Write a summary of yourself (shorter than a biography but longer than a tag line) that reflects your special qualities both personally and professionally.
“Creativity is allowing your self to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” 
| Scott Adams
What are your unique qualities as a person? Note them as a private journal.

What characteristics are particular to you?
  - Ask a friend and take notes
  - Tell a friend and have them repeat back to you what you have said.
Explore your special strengths as a list. Add to it over a few days.

Why are you an artist? Discuss with another artist and take notes.

Review the links provided below.
Find a collaborator: Many successful people recognise that a strong support system is vital to success: we encourage you to undertake this program with a partner ( be it a friend, family member, spouse or colleague).
This may help keep you on task and inspired, as well as providing you with a partner for feedback, input and ideas.
A small group would also be ideal.
Set up a template: for all your professional written documents to include: full name, your best phone number ( or mobile no. ), email address, plus your web site and studio address if you feel these are useful to locating you.
Number and date each draft: as you write and edit your text. Sometimes going back to a previous document or paragraph is beneficial. Don’t ‘delete’ too quickly.
Word count: Manage this at between 100 – 120 words ( a paragraph )

Proof read: rewrite & keep documentation up to date.

Get Feedback: Read to others. Note their comments. Have them read it back to you. Listen for adjustment
  1. Think about who will read your bio and why you are writing it
  2. Start with your name.
  3. Write phrases and key words as they arrive ‘in your head’ these can be used or polished into prose later.
  4. Write in the 'third person'.
  5. Include career highlights
  6. Reflect in writing on your unique qualities as a person and as an artist.
  7. Demonstrate professionalism in the choice of your language.
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