How important would you say social media and self-promotion are to your work?
Having just warned of the dangers of social media, its importance cannot be underestimated; it is a fundamental part of being an artist in the 21st century. It is not only a useful tool for self promotion but also to build a network with other like-minded people.
I have made many professional relationships using social media. Its redeeming characteristic is its ability to create a community not limited by geography. This is a privilege that no generation before has had access to, but it’s important to remember that everything you see should be taken with a pinch of salt.
What have been your greatest learnings with making money and supporting yourself as a creative?
The financial aspect is important, but never a driving factor. This being said, I am a professional and as everyone knows, you need money to survive.
The easy trap to fall into is to give it [work] away because you love doing it, and that devalues what you do. Pricing your work is really hard to do but, if you want it to become your career, it is just the reality. Stay true to the price you think it is worth and just remember, the more work you sell, the less you have to enter open calls, competitions and exhibitions. A part-time pub job can also really help!