The most important investment you can make is in yourself. — Warren Buffett, billionaire investor
“But what if I don’t have any money to invest in myself?”
First. Let’s examine this sentence. Is it really that you don’t have ANY money or is it that you are choosing to spend it instead of investing it?
Did you know that the government is willing to invest in you because even they know that investing in you will yield many dividends.
And guess what? Securing the investment doesn’t even require much.
Just a little bit of time and effort.
During this thriving artist profile I interview visual artist Nikki De Preist from Portland, Oregon.
Nikki is not a student; in fact I don’t really know her that well.
The reason that I interviewed Nikki was because she found a way to secure the funds to enroll in The MAKING Art Making MONEY Semester and she wrote me to tell me about it.
Nikki demonstrates exactly the kind of initiative that Artists Who THRIVE take.
Every arts council has a different name but every major county in the US and its territories has an arts council.
So if you live in the US they’re not hard to find. If you live outside of the US there may be an equivalent organization.
What did Nikki have to do?
It was surprisingly simple. In June 2015 she completed a one-page application and in December she was awarded a grant to enroll in the The MAKING Art Making MONEY Semester.
Nikkie said that the one-page application wasn’t that complicated.
I’ve spoken to several arts council’s who have reviewed the The MAKING Art Making MONEY Semester and they’ve confirmed that my program falls within the grant guidelines for “Professional Development Grants for Artists.”
The big take away is simply this, a bit of initiative and a little bit of paperwork could change your life.
If you really want something you’ll find a way, just like Nikki did.
Contact your county or state arts council now and see what resources are available to you.
It’s just a quick Google search away. Do it now.