There is the famous quote by Andy Warhol:
"Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art."
@auniakahn is an artist and an entrepreneur. She makes beautiful things and busts her ass so that people can see them AND has a podcast that she runs to show you how to do the same. To quote Randy: "A man's gotta eat."
Questions With Aunia Kahn
Time management! It’s a problem I have that I’m sure many on ello do as well. You’ve got your art, social media, a gallery (and probably a few other things I’m not listing) to keep you busy. What’s your advice for staying focused and working on what needs to get done and also leaving time for your creative work? If you’ve touched on this in one of your podcasts, also give me a link!
Great question and no I have not touched on this in a Podcast however, this is an import topic to discuss - so I look forward to doing a Podcast on this in the future. Time management is difficult today with how fast-paced the world is. Each day I am honored to be able to go to work doing what I love, but not everyone has that luxury so they need to find time to do things they enjoy. We are supposed to hold a job, pay bills and take care of responsibilities, raise families (even fur-kid families) and still enjoy life. Even though I do enjoy my line of work, it’s still work so I have to schedule activities outside of this because even doing too much of what you love can cause burn out and artist/writers/creative blocks.
Overall, I plan out weekly and monthly goals according to what I want and need to accomplish, and then create space for downtime. I am not good at being idle too long, so I must plan with a little force. My advice for staying focused is to start your day getting some of the things you don’t want to do out of the way, so the later part of your day can be more exciting. I also love to listen to some good music to keep me going and take a walk in the middle of my day to refresh.
We all love but that doesn’t mean many of us here don’t also use other social media. Your Facebook page has an insane number of likes and great user activity. I find social media marketing - and artists need to market to sell their work - a hard nut to crack, especially the “big two” Facebook and Twitter. What advice do you have for us artists who would like to grow our social media footprint to help drive sales? Also, is FB worth it in your opinion?
Social media is ever changing and can be frustrating to creatives and small business. Even just this week, IG for example, changed how #hash-tagging works and has caused issues for collectives and feeds that are out there to re-share content. Then you have FB which no one is blind to and the changes and effects it has had recently on creatives and small businesses. A quick tip is to not get discouraged and numbers don’t always mean anything, but a good social reach is important.
A good way to keep making your footprint known in social media is to put out good, consistent and interesting content. Another good tip is to be active often. However, this does not mean posting 20 times day, but 1-2 times a day or a couple times a week helps people see you’re invested in what you're doing and you have things happening for you. We live in a world, like I said earlier, that is fast paced and people need to be able to keep interested in what you’re doing, you need to keep them interested and entertained - people get bored very quickly! As for, is FB worth it? I think all social media platforms have something positive to utilize.
I’ve examined your work - albeit in nothing more than the most cursory fashion for the sake of this question - and I’ve noticed something. No men. What drives you to focus on female subjects and forms exclusively?
Oh females! Don’t get me wrong, I adore men but my work has been more autobiographical and as I look at my human today, I am pretty sure I am female. Almost all the pieces, until very recently, showcased myself as the subject as I was working through some very personal and hard times in the last decade of my life. Art has been a form of police and therapy that has changed my life, without it I am not sure I would have any clue where I would be.