Making Career Goals For The Part-Time And Full-Time Artist

It’s important to set goals that are both realistic and ambitious.

What is realistically possible for you to achieve in one year? And what would you consider a stretch as an artist?

The time that you will have available to devote to your art career by 2024 will determine what a good baseline goal is. When writing your goals, be as specific and detailed as you can. Use some of your January studio time to research the deadlines for the five residencies you wish to apply to. Make a note of any specific requirements.

How To Set Goals for Part-Time Artists

The US government considers you a hobbyist if you spend less than 10 hours per week on your art. You’ll need to balance your career goals with your commitments.

Setting 10-12 career goals is possible, especially if you have other jobs that require your time. (Roughly one goal per month). A helpful tip is to categorize your goals. You can apply for 12 opportunities over the year, or you can distribute the 12 goals into seven opportunities and five one-time tasks. One-time tasks can include cleaning your studio, taking part in a local art fair, documenting the work you do, attending a residence, or learning a new technique related to your practice.

Keep your 2024 career goals apart from personal goals, like running a full marathon.

Setting goals and applications for artists who work 15-20 hours per week

If you spend 15-20 hours per week as an artist, then you should set 15-18 goals for the entire year. Or one goal for each 50 hours you dedicate to practicing. Include both one-time tasks and opportunity applications.

When it comes to your application, focus on quality rather than quantity.

You should only apply for ten positions if they are a good fit with your practice. Spend the time necessary to create a strong application. Include one task that you dislike, such as updating your site. Set a deadline for the beginning of the year, such as March 1, so you feel relieved when you complete it.

Setting ambitious goals for artists with over 20 weekly hours

If you work as an artist for more than 20 hours per week, you may want to consider applying or working toward 30 or more job applications or tasks that are one-time in 2024.

Include tasks that will support your mental or physical health, as these goals can help you maintain your full-time work in the studio. Some examples of objectives for those who are more than half-time artists include creating an exhibition catalog to accompany a single show, applying for a grant or fellowship, such as the Pollock-Krasner Fellowship, and attending 50 yoga classes in a local studio.

By taking the time to create your road map, you can eliminate the guesswork of achieving your goals. You can also schedule a weekly or monthly check-in with a friend to help you stay accountable.