Charging for Your Art

Charging for Your Art

by Pamelah Landers
Artist, Hand Analyst and Intuitive

This is the third in a series on expressing yourself creatively.

Another aspect of creativity is, "Do I charge, am paid for my creative endeavors?” Here is a partial excerpt from the book Unleashing Your Inner Artist, available September 9 on Amazon.

One of the challenges I’ve heard creative people share is not knowing how to value their expressions. I completely get this. Many have grown up with the attitude of “starving artist” as a concept in the U.S. Art that used to be integral in schools has been removed in some places when budgets were cut. So culturally we have been told that art isn’t valuable. Or if there are art classes, at some level it may be “graded” and compared to others.

When I was in 10th grade, I took a drama class. Never cast in anything but the chorus, I told myself I wasn’t good at acting. I joined a local musical theater group in my 20s and was in the chorus or a quartet. In my 50s I took improv classes and learned more about acting and applied it to public speaking. I can see how I let that influence from a teacher impact my choices. Probably she was accurate. The two people I recall who did get leading roles in high school turned to acting and singing as careers.

I get it. It’s going to require some mind-chatter change to feel like your art is valuable to receive money for it if you so desire. It could require recognizing that the input we received in the earlier part of our lives may not still be true. The bigger picture is also not putting “all art” into the category of invaluable. As I share below, I get paid for some and not for others.

Another impediment to owning artistry is attaching money to it. You may think that it’s a hobby and thus not legitimate. If being an artist requires being paid for your expressions, and you aren’t making money, do you still get to “be an artist?” Is your art expression legitimate? Is it enough to say, “I’m an artist” if you plan extensive holiday gatherings and don’t receive money? Or volunteer for the creative projects at church summer camp? Or how about sewing your children’s clothes for school? Many of my artistic endeavors are things I am never paid for yet I still consider them to be artistic expressions.

(As a side note: In 2017 I updated my book on heart lines, Your Love Design. For each person who purchased the book I mailed a personal thank you card. This is an example. I was paid for the book but not the card, both of which are my artistic expressions.)

I’ve sold some of my art: written books in physical and e-book form as well as audios I’ve created. I’ve received payment for paintings and cards I make. Regularly I am paid for my artistic expression of reading hands, teaching classes and mentoring clients with leadership, using my intuitive skills for creative solutions. Monetary remuneration has been provided for directing choirs or singing in a quartet.

I’ve never been paid for blankets I crochet (twice people have paid for the yarn but not the labor), anything I’ve sewn, meals I’ve prepared or for doing jigsaw puzzles, all of which I consider as forms of my creative expression.

By the way, if you do choose to sell art, it will help so much if you are aligned with actually receiving payment for it. If you go into an endeavor with doubt, that will be in the field and be part of the buyer’s feelings. The Law of Attraction reminder is whatever you focus on, vibrationally, you get more of that. If you are afraid to be paid, concerned, not feeling deserving, that aligns with the art you are desiring to sell. I know. I’ve been there.

Every time I introduce a new product in any form, it requires me to be completely confident before I can send out a marketing email. If I am questioning if people want this, or wonder why they might buy it, that energy is in the marketing email. Being detached from the outcome – they either buy it or they don’t – is freeing for me.

I've spent many hours recording songs in a studio. It is one of my very favorite things to do - I don't get paid for the hours in the studio yet I have sold a few of the songs I've recorded. I have tracks that I've used many times where I sing in a class I'm teaching/leading and am paid for.