How To Become A Freelance Artist (With Pictures)


Natasha Dikareva, MFA

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This article was co-authored by Natasha Dikareva, MFA. Natasha Dikareva is a San Francisco, California based sculptor and installation artist. With over 25 years of experience in ceramics, sculpture, and installation, Natasha also teaches a ceramic sculpture workshop called “Adventures in Clay,” covering concept development, hand-formation techniques, texturing, and glazing techniques. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, the Abrams Claghorn Gallery, the Bloomington Center for the Arts, the Maria Kravetz Gallery, and the American Museum of Ceramic Art. He has taught at the University of Minnesota and the American Indian OIC School. He has been awarded the Prize of Excellence at the 1st World Teapot Competition, Best in Show at the 4th Clay & Glass Biennial, and a Grand Prize at the American Museum of Ceramic Art. Natasha holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a BFA from Kiev Fine Arts College. This article has been viewed 129,206 times.

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Being a freelance artist gives you control over your work and commissions without being tied to a single client. However, you have to manage your time and your income can be unstable. It’s generally a good idea to get experience working for others or start building an impressive portfolio before you find clients. Then, you’ll need to register as a business, as you’ll be in charge of your own finances. If you don’t have the right tools and techniques, such as paints, pencils, and drawing tablets, you’ll need to purchase those as well. Since you’ll be working for yourself, you’ll also need studio space in your home or in a rented office space. For more tips, including how to find clients as a freelance artist, read on!

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