Creative Thursday

Artist Success Stories from Courage to Consistency with Heather Harrington, Joanna Smith and Marissa Parsons

Artist Success Stories from Courage to Consistency with Heather Harrington, Joanna Smith and Marissa Parsons

Get excited! welcome to another favorite edition of Artist Success Stories.


In this episode I'm joined by three of our Alumni; Heather Harrington, Joanna Smith, and Marissa Parsons sharing

  • how they first decided to follow their passion
  • what's helped them find and keep the courage to pursue the professional Artist life
  • how they show up with consistency
  • the value of self-discovery + authenticity in the art-selling process
  • the benefits of personalized mentorship
  • the significance of community and support in building an art business
  • why it's so important to celebrate accomplishments and stay grateful for the process
  • and the transformative effects of choosing to join us in Artful Selling


Hip Hip Hooray! It's here! Only Open Once a Year!

Doors to Artful Selling are OPEN starting now through Tuesday, January 23 @ 11:59 pm PST


🎨 Transform Your Art Business:

Craft your Art Sales + Marketing Plan for 2024 and beyond. Make more art, sell more art, and turn your dreams into reality.


💡 Get Clarity and Achieve Your Dreams:

This time, it's about follow-through! Having a Sales and Marketing Plan is the most effective way to confidently and consistently sell to your Ideal Collectors online. Let's build a thriving business that supports a life you love.


📆 Your 12-Month Product Launch Plan:

Know what you're creating, when you're launching it, and how to price it for PROFIT.


📱 Create Your Social Media Plan:

Unlock the secrets to impactful social media strategies.


📧 Create Your Email Marketing Plan:

Learn the art of email marketing for successful art promotion.


🌟 Ready to Make Selling Your Art Easy?


We can't wait to welcome you!


Join us!


You can find all things

Heather Harrington @lifeandwhim on instagram

Joanna Smith @joanna.smith.5876 on facebook

Marissa Parsons @marissaparsonsstudio on instagram


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Favorite Organization Tools for Social Media Planning + Project Management

Favorite Organization Tools for Social Media Planning + Project Management

Spontaneous creation or being prepared ahead of time with your content? which do you prefer?


Continuing on with our series, part 3, of answering your Time Management questions; I'm opening this episode with a few more social media creation tips, specifically for video, while also sharing more tools to help you get and stay organized with your assets, marketing plan and project management.


  • what and when I record behind the scenes to use in my social media marketing
  • app recommendations for video editing
  • my favorite project management tools and how I use them specifically for my social media planning



Yay! it's almost go time!

We start Monday, January 15

Join the Profitable Artist Planning Challenge + Coaching Week


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Best Practices + Tips for Organizing your Social Media Imagery

Best Practices + Tips for Organizing your Social Media Imagery

Be honest: how's your 2024 Social Media plan looking?


Are you feeling ready with a big picture strategy in place, or are you reading this thinking, Marisa what are you talking about "ready", I barely know what to post tomorrow let alone the rest of 2024


Would you like to feel more prepared when it comes to your marketing?


What if this is the year you could change the hamster wheel approach of: overwhelm + procrastinate = now I feel behind so why bother with any sort of plan at all ~

to breathing easier because you feel clear and excited about what you're creating and sharing with the wonderful people who can't wait to see (and collect) what you're working on.


On this first Creative Thursday of the new year, the energy of clarity that comes with a clean slate is on your side which is why I'm excited to welcome you to part 2 of the Time Management series where I'm continuing to answer your questions and sharing tips on how to organize your social media content so that you're not constantly trying to figure out "what to post" and wondering whether what you post will actually help you reach your people and grow your Art business.


When I find myself getting overloaded by a long list of to dos, a simple practice of physical and/or digital organization is the best place to start to catch my breath and clear my head.


With that approach in mind let's get into some practical tips to help you get organized.


In this episode, I share:

  • what tools and apps I use to organize and back-up my assets
  • how I organize my photos and social media images so that they're easy to find
  • what apps I use to enhance and elevate my photography


It's getting close now...let's kick off the new year, with an inspiring planning session together.

We start Monday, January 15

Join the Profitable Artist Planning Challenge + Coaching Week


Join the Artful Selling Waitlist

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Mastering the Energy of Selling Your Art (part 3)

Mastering the Energy of Selling Your Art (part 3)

Did you get a chance to listen to episode 317 (part 1) and 318 (part 2)


WARNING: Don't listen to part 3 until you've listened to parts 1 and 2 in order.

I kid, and yet I don't.


I'm guessing you're a freedom seeker like me and you like to do things your way, and I get that.


I can't make you listen to these episodes in order. You are free to listen to them, however, whenever you like. But if you really want to get the most from tuning into this series of episodes, listen to them, and journal your honest answers to the prompts in order.


Ok, I've said my peace. On with part 3! :)


So you've been doing "all the things" to sell your work and you're still not having the success you want?

You're trying to make changes in your "Mindset" but the changes aren't sticking? WHY?

And the defeat you're feeling is starting to get you down and making you question whether this Artist life is actually meant for you?


What can you do about it?


While we have access to a lot of education around the practical steps to selling your Art + Creations, there aren't enough conversations around this very important piece to selling your work ~ mastering your ENERGY.


Let's keep the conversation going with part 3, the final installment of a 3-part series.


In today's episode, I'm sharing how to change the habits that may be holding you back from finding consistent success + sales with your Creative Work.


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What to do when You're not Feeling Your Art (or Your Art Business)?

What to do when You're not Feeling Your Art (or Your Art Business)?

What do you do when your creative spirit is missing?


We don't often talk about this as Artists ~ but the thing about turning your passion into your business, is that lines can get blurred and you need to find ways of staying connected to your passion to have long lasting success in your career.


And when seasons of life can feel like too much all at once, making Art might feel like the last thing you want to do ~ yet without your Art there is no business...


As Professional Creatives we need tools at the ready to give ourselves grace, while also helping us to find our way back to center and inspiration again.


In today's episode I'm offering a possible solution:

  • I talk about how I navigate social media for my creative businesswhen I don't feel like sharing
  • The boundaries I set for myself when it comes to engaging with social media
  • A variety of tools I use to help find my way back to my center + peace + creative inspiration


- and inviting you to join me for #30daysofsketchwithmarisa if you feel inspired to!

Join the list to follow along here


and use this hashtag #30daysofsketchwithmarisa on Instagram to participate with your own sketches.


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Want to be an Overnight Success?

Want to be an Overnight Success?

Are you making progress at a pace you're pleased with?


Or does it feel like everyone's journey to success is going a whole lot faster than yours?


In this episode, we're talking about time and timing

  • is Overnight Success actually a thing that's possible today
  • and if so is it what you want
  • what timing is right for you
  • how long does it take to grow a successful Art business
  • are you going after your definition of success or someone else's


Join us for the Sell A Piece of Art Challenge starting Monday, June 19!


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Are you an Impostor?

Are you an Impostor?

Have you ever wondered if you're not really ready for your dream? Or what if your dream actually isn't right for you?


Of is it that self-doubt and fear have momentarily gotten the best of you...


With all this talk of Impostor Syndrome, I thought it was time for a deeper dive into what this phenomenon is all bout ~ especially because when using this term as it applies to Artists + Creatives there's a lot of grey area.


In today's episode, I talk about

  • when the concept of Impostor Syndrome originated, it's actual definition, and who it was describing
  • how does it apply to Artists
  • how to know if you're an Impostor or just think you are
  • the questions to ask to help you let it go once and for all



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15 Ways to Profit from Your Art (part 2)

15 Ways to Profit from Your Art (part 2)

Ready to dream + explore more possibilities of how to profit from your Creative Gifts!


Welcome to part 2 of last week's episode no. 308 (you can listen to part 1 right here) where I walk you through 8 more ideas for generating revenue with your Art.


Everything I'm listing in this episode and the one last week are all proven ways I've generated revenue in Creative Thursday over the past 16 years.


It's a well-known fact that for a business owner to have peace of mind, you want to have multiple revenue streams, some more passive than active, and what I'm emphasizing today is to have recurring revenue built into (at least 1, if not more) of those streams too.


I've been talking about my friend and business coach Stu McLaren's workshop over the last couple of weeks.

If you're seriously considering starting your own membership, product or knowledge focused, and you're reading this TODAY! You're in luck because Stu just opened the doors to TME - The Membership Experience this week and TODAY is the very LAST DAY to join the 2023 session.


So don't let another year pass you by and miss out on this amazing opportunity.

Click here to join TME


I can't recommend this program enough. One of the best, and only courses I've completed from start to finish, I'm thankful everyday I came across Stu in 2019 and jumped into TME.


I've been working with Stu ever since and my business continues to grow with more clarity, efficiency, and profit than ever before.


Join TME here

(proud to be a partner of Stu's. When you join through my link I'll be coaching a group of you through the program, in a more intimate setting to get your questions answered, brainstorm ideas and have the opportunity to dive a little deeper into what you're learning so you can implement it successfully right away.)


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A simple tip to help you focus

A simple tip to help you focus

Are you someone who writes down your goals for the year or do you question if this ritual actually gets you the results you want?


How about writing down your "word for the year"?


Do these practices really make a difference or are they just busy work to remind us what we didn't accomplish since last year?

Do they only make sense at the beginning of a new year or can they still make a difference in any month you choose?


I'll be honest, I was skeptical for a long time about whether this kind of specificity around my goals and intentions was actually helpful, then I gave it a try and realized it's a game changer.


In today's episode, I share with you why I decided to not only choose a word for the year but to share it publicly.


I talk about

  • how these simple practices can help you gain clarity year after year, no matter when you implement them
  • how that clarity can help you know exactly what to focus on next
  • the powerful intentions a single word can cultivate for you and what mine are for the word I choose this year


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