Of course, there are a number of ways to achieve this. However, the method that I’m using is this:
- Produce a number (as many as possible) of artworks of (what you think is) significant importance & value (again, defined by you.)
- Introduce these artworks to as many people as possible, via exhibitions, print, Internet & so forth.
- Repeat the process until it repeats itself.
I have not yet fully reached stage 3, but I think this method will hold true for many people. Also, if you are a musician or writer, or possibly a number of other professions, I think this is also a good philosophy. However, it depends on you. Sometimes people become famous overnight, for various reasons. For example, they do something so shocking that they receive immediate & widespread attention. I wouldn’t personally recommend that method, as it may lead to prosecution, or very large amounts of negative publicity, death threats, & so forth. Also, you may get lost in a sea of shockingness.
Some other points:
- Paying galleries etc. large amounts of money to be involved in an exhibition or similar is not a good idea. These tend to be easily recognized as vanity affairs & will not advance you very far. On the other hand, some galleries & so forth charge a modest fee for viewing your work, which I think may be fair enough, but again, it’s up to the individual to decide on that.
- I’d personally avoid trying to radically alter my artwork just to get it shown in a particular venue. However, this might be bad advice…
- It’s a good idea to start your career locally, if possible, and work outwards. However, if your work is picked up relatively early on by a nationally acclaimed venue, you should focus on that arena. I guess the point here is to be adaptable & to work with what comes along.
I hope the above has been helpful. Please feel free to comment & agree or disagree (politely) with what I have written.