S1 E2: JULIET GILDEN - ARTIST
Juliet Gilden is a painter from Baltimore, MD, whose distinct style and free-form optimism began developing at a very early age. Her artist mother sold Juliet’s first piece when she was only 7 years old. (Great story…listen to the podcast!)
Our conversation with Juliet spans an amazing number of topics. From acrylics to current events, the merits of Justin Timberlake to marketing your art. Shocking epiphanies are uncovered, like the fact that “advertising is the fine arts of the business world” and Sean LOVES the term “unpack.”
Here are Three Big How’s direct from the mind of the uplifting and articulate Juliet Gilden:
THREE BIG HOW’S
THE FUN STUFF: TIME MANAGEMENT
Doing the logistical and business things to gain some traction for your art is extremely important. For example, Juliet has partnerships through which she sells prints of her art. This, in and of itself, entails reaching out to the partners to establish the business relationship, showing her art, making prints, and sometimes even handling the billing. That’s just a small nugget of what she shared.
DIVE RIGHT IN
Artists approach initial sketching in many ways, sometimes drawing thumbnails or sketching on a pad until the vision is crystallized. Juliet starts sketching directly on the canvas, quickly attacking her vision and bringing it to life. This doesn’t mean she always nails it right off the bat, but that initial start helps her get as close to the vision as possible quickly. (Of course, she also starts over completely sometimes.)
SOCIAL MEDIA’S ROLE IS … IMPORTANT
Juliet actually uses the reactions of her work on social media in a practical way. First, posting an image of a work helps here feel like she has finished the piece. Secondly, she believes that positive and negative reactions reinforce the power of her content. No reaction would obviously be bad, but even negative reactions give Juliet the feeling that she has clearly given an audience something compelling to react to.
There’s so much more in the episode. Please don’t miss this one! Juliet provides an honest, insightful look into the life of an artist and the decisions she’s made to make her passion her livelihood.