A New Way to Fund Your Art Career?

The title is tongue in cheek…
Should artists get others to find their career? Has the idea of working for your living gone out of style? Has the trend towards entitlement run amok?
This was a topic in one of my LinkedIn groups and I thought I might get your take on it…
On LinkedIn the title was “Words Fail Me” but I am certainly not at a loss for words..how about you?
Let me know your thoughts and I will certainly let you know mine



  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrenton6 months ago

    Well, it could work, but all the legal issues to it would need to be figured out. There are the commerce taxes, IRS, and whatever issues of receiving money over the internet are???
    Lots of questions here.

  • Ann this looks too much like greed to me…why should other people pay for her personal studio?

    – © Janis Zroback

  • evon ski
    evon ski6 months ago

    Hi Janis. I think KickStarter is a good possibility for fund raising. I have been meaning to look into it deeper. We have the choice to support or not and some projects seem more worthy than others. I think it is probably a one shot deal though, friends and family may be on board for one project . . . I think you need to think out the parameters very well. I don’t know how successful this is and what kinds of projects are most likely to be supported. My guess would be that projects that benefit /give back to many are more likely to be greatly supported than some of the more personal ones.

  • I don’t like the trend of feeling you’re entitled to something and that other people should pay for something that would benefit only one person…I certainly agree with raising funds for charity or for something that would benefit society at large but not a personal studio…there are many artists who are working and saving towards their own studios…she should do the same…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrenton6 months ago

    You are absolutely right, why should any one pay for her studio! Many are abusing the use of the internet. It sounded good, but thinking more clearly, it is really ripping off others. (more freebies in America.)

  • It’s that feeling that many have that they are entitled to anything they want without working for it…it took me 20 years to get my personal studio and I paid for every bit of it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstone6 months ago

    I say “good grief,” however I’ve seen this process used to fund other art projects successfully. Other art projects that would have previously been funded by the artist, (or a backer,) with a view to recovering their costs plus profits if their marketing is effective.

    I suspect a successful outcome has a lot to do with having enough of a following to make it work, using the internet to its fullest potential by spreading the word through all the channels possible. The successful ones would also offer reasonable returns, after all, the backers would like to think they’re not being scammed!

    I don’t think the above example looks to be a fair deal….so I’ll go with “good grief, again.”

  • I don’t think it’s a fair deal as it offers very few sound returns and appears to be self serving…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • scallyart
    scallyart6 months ago

    Interesting topic Janis. Wish someone would support me while I paint. Crowd sourcing for projects seems to be getting more and more popular, but usually to fundraise for sick kids. I would like a home studio as well, but guess I will stick with my shop as it is quite cheap rent, so I am lucky to have it. Oh well maybe a lotto win. I don’t think I would put money in for someone to build/buy themselves a studio. Regards Kerry

  • I wouldn’t either Kerry…fund raising for a studio for a group of artists who are going to give back to the community in tangible ways, yes, but not for personal gain..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • metriognome
    metriognome6 months ago

    Fine if you can pull it off. Hopefully in a world of markets people will support it if they like the work (or maybe just the idea of benefaction) and won’t if they don’t. So ‘suck it and see’ as they say in the classics.
    If you don’t like the idea don’t support it, but I don’t see any inherent reason why she shouldn’t be able to give it a go.

  • Must be nice to get strangers to pay for your personal studio, but frankly I think people should work for their money…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Pamela Hubbard
    Pamela Hubbard6 months ago

    Love your artwork, love your character! Been reading your posts for a long time and appreciate how hard you’ve worked to get where you are today. I feel that entitlement is a fantasy drenched in selfishness and narcissism and laziness. I believe you to be all of the opposite. I have learned a lot from you.
    Cheers, Pam

  • Thanks so much Pam..lovely of you to say so…..it is why I really cannot understand this idea that others have to pay for our wants, I don’t say needs when we’re perfectly able to do it ourselves…it took me many years of hard work to earn my studio…what is this young woman offering in return?
    Even the wealthiest of people these days are telling their kids to work hard and don’t expect big legacies…I won’t go as far as that since what I have is for my son, but where is the feeling of satisfaction that you did it all yourself?
    Over in the other group most people’s objections were based on the fact that the proposal was poorly written, not that she was begging in the first place…that I found also shocking..
    All the hopefuls that appear on t.v hoping for free trips, free makeovers, free this and that…it’s endemic…what do they offer in return…nothing..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Les Boucher
    Les Boucher6 months ago

    Playing a little Devils Advocate here. I think it might work as a CO-OP situation and she already has some pledges for money according to her site. BUT, as an individual project for the advancement of just one person I would have my doubts. As I started to type this my mind wandered towards what return do you get on your investment or, do all profits go to the artist?

    You can’t blame her for trying and, if it works, I would like some more photographic equipment. So if there are any big hearted “RICH” people out there that want to part with say $10,000 and invest in an old fart who is trying to kick start his hobby please feel free to contact me ASAP. Come to think about it you had better make that $20,000 as I have just found a camera that will cost me $8,000. What do you get for your money? I’ll send you a copy of one of my prints free of charge. ;~)

  • Lol Les…this appears to be a single minded appeal for money and that kind of thing does not appeal to me at all…I give money to benefit society or if someone is in need…this is neither…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackel6 months ago

    Some good comments. Some individual artists just want a shortcut. (Instead of working hard to improve, produce something, and learn to market themselves.) There could be good uses for it but didn’t get that impression in the example. I fund my own dreams and pay my own bills, by making, promoting, and selling my art.

  • So do I and it sets us back in our fight for proper recognition when individuals start begging for themselves…I can see it done for an art centre that all can use, or a place for disabled artists to use but not for just one person…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Les Boucher
    Les Boucher6 months ago

    Ok damn it! I’ll even autograph the photo but for my signature we will have to boost it up to say $50,000 … LOL

    After rereading what the “artist” has had to say I keep getting the feeling that it is much like the kid who, on leaving school, takes his / her first job in K-Mart or Walmart and can’t understand why it is they are sweeping floors instead of managing the place. This feeling of “ENTITLEMENT” is rife in society and the reason that SOME people are out of work. They expect every thing to be handed to them on a platter without having to work to reach a goal.

    Ok I’ll climb down off my soap box….for now ;~)

  • You have said exactly what I think….it is why people get robbed everyday …why work for it if you can hold someone up and take it from them?…

    – © Janis Zroback