Living As An Artist – Day 44

As I reflect on the last 44 days, I think what I’ve learned making the transition to living as an artist is confronting fear. Most of my time has been stabilizing my income with part-time work. I’m still really working 5 days a week, and not bringing any income in from my art, but now I have three days to really work on focusing on my art and bringing in income. When I started, I had no idea how I was going to get my income, but ending the month in June today, I was able to come up with my rent, monthly expenses and financial commitments.

Yesterday, I broke a jogging record.

Sport: Running
Distance: 3.60 mi
Duration: 47 minutes 10 seconds
At: 6/29/13, 7:41 AM

View my session at http://www.runtastic.com/sport-sessions/89349540.
To see what I’ve worked out in the past go to http://www.runtastic.com/users/13375837.

Distance Jogging Chart 6-29-2013
Distance Jogging Chart 6-29-2013

 

Time Jogging Chart 6-30-2013
Time Jogging Chart 6-30-2013

I’ve learned that I have to stay focused on what I want to accomplish. I need to set some goals, be willing to fail at hosting an event.

GOALS for July 2013

  1. Host profitable networking event 
  2. Average 5 miles jogging
  3. Weigh under 200 lbs.

 

 

Living As An Artist – Day 35

Here are my running stats for today. Best day this year.

Sport: Running
Distance: 2.97 mi
Duration: 38 minutes 33 seconds
At: 6/21/13, 8:21 AM

View my session at http://www.runtastic.com/sport-sessions/86098862.
To see what I’ve worked out in the past go to http://www.runtastic.com/users/13375837.

Today, I started a new MeetUp group. Chicago Skill-Sharing Meetup. I have 10 days to sell 8 tickets.

I’m starting my internship at Chicago Actor’s Studio at 1:00 p.m. Got a lot going on.

Social Media Marketing Blog

Here is what I did to market the event.

  1. Post a Craigslist ad
  2. Post to my Facebook networking

Nikon 5100 Camera Functions

I decided after listening to one suggestion on how to make money in event photography was to know your camera (he’s absolutely correct) was to challenge myself to learn all the functions of my Nikon 5100 camera.

Surprisingly, Linda.com had a video lesson on the entire camera. But after watching, I still wasn’t completely confident. So, I thought I would blog about about all the function as the best way to learn it. So, let me get started.

 

Nikon 5100 Playback Button

Nikon 5100 Playback button

 

  1. Hitting the playback button allows you to see the last picture on the monitor.
  2. Hitting the playback button 2x brings up the Information Display

 

Nikon 5100 Diopter Control Button

Nikon Diopter Adjustment Button
Nikon Diopter Adjustment Button

Explanation of Diopter adjustment control 

Nikon 5100 Thumbnail / Playback Zoom Out Button

Thumbnail:Playback Zoom Out button

 

Terms to learn

 

Favorite Nikon Resources

Living As An Artist – Day 32

Today I made a major breakthrough in my jogging. But more importantly, I made breakthrough mentally.  Here are my results. But, I want to note that mentally, I think I’m at exactly where I was when I started my magazine, Music Contacts two decades ago.

port: Running
Distance: 2.93 mi
Duration: 36 minutes 4 seconds
At: 6/18/13, 9:27 AM

View my session at http://www.runtastic.com/sport-sessions/85031409.
To see what I’ve worked out in the past go to http://www.runtastic.com/users/13375837.

THIS WEEK

Activities 2

Distance 8.12 km

Duration 01:02:36

Calories 916 kcal

THIS MONTH

Activities 7

Distance 21.38 km

Duration0 2:48:01

Calories 2441 kcal

THIS YEAR

Activities 7
Distance 21.38 km
Duration 02:48:01
Calories 2441 kcal

OVERALL

Activities 7

Distance 21.38 km

Duration 02:48:01

Calories 2441 kcal

6-18-2013 Weight 211 lbs.

Jogging Time ChartJogging Time Chart

Living As An Artist – Day 31

It’s been an entire month since I began my journey living as an artist. Right now it’s 3:00 a.m. in the morning and I can’t sleep. My mind is spinning with ideas and thoughts, so I decided to get up and blog.

Here are my stats for income playing on the streets as a musician.

June 2013 - 6 days
June 2013 – 6 days

My total for the month is $14.25. Now at first look, one my think that those number are discouraging. However, I see progress.

What I learned Friday playing was that I really need a large number of songs to play as I need to play for different audiences (even on the street). A guy came up to me and asked me to play something. My confidence had me play the only song I knew I could play all the way through (memorized) and that was Harlem, by Bill Withers. The guy was with his girlfriend. When I started playing they really got into the music. He wound up giving me $2.00. I started playing another blues song and it wasn’t really appropriate being that they were together as a couple because the song I played next was It Hurts Me Too. The song is about how this guy is in love with this woman who’s man treats her wrong. Even though I broke my day record, I retreated back home. I wanted to learn some Beatles songs. Hope to go out at least Tuesday.

 Jogging Stats

Sport: Running
Distance: 2.12 mi
Duration: 26 minutes 32 seconds
At: 6/17/13, 9:52 AM

View my session at http://www.runtastic.com/sport-sessions/84614640.
To see what I’ve worked out in the past go to http://www.runtastic.com/users/13375837.

Distance: 2.12 mi Duration: 26 minutes 32 seconds
Distance: 2.12 mi
Duration: 26 minutes 32 seconds

Average Distance Jogging Chart

THIS WEEK

Activities 1

Distance 3.41 km

Duration 00:26:32

Calories387 kcal

THIS MONTH

Activities 6

Distance 16.67 km

Duration0 2:11:56

Calories 1912 kcal

THIS YEAR

Activities 6

Distance 16.67 km

Duration 02:11:56

Calories 1912 kcal

OVERALL

Activities6

Distance 16.67 km

Duration0 2:11:56

Calories 1912 k cal

I came up with an idea last night that I thought I would address in my blog. That is state goals for the week and problems to solve.

Problems:

1) Turning monthly membership of loft space $80.00 into a profit.

2) Gaining confidence as an event photographer

3) Getting website for photography jobs

 

 Photography Job Challenge

I watched this YouTube video to try and help me make money with Event Photography. While it was a good video with a lot of content, I thought I would post it here and try and work on the ideas suggested.

1) Know your camera. I use a Nikon 5100. This is one of the challenges I have, especially shooting events. I’m going set a goal and learn all the functions of my camera.

Living As an Artist – Day 28

I went out and played on the streets yesterday. I earned $3.40. I homeless guy was the first person to put money in my guitar case. He had a bunch of pennies in his hand. I think he was the one who put me over the my record for $3.25 for money earned in one day.

$3.40

 

I just finished a workout with runtastic iPhone app and challenge you to beat my time.

Sport: Running
Distance: 1.78 mi
Duration: 24 minutes 12 seconds
At: 6/14/13, 8:21 AM

View my session at http://www.runtastic.com/sport-sessions/83456185.
To see what I’ve worked out in the past go to http://www.runtastic.com/users/13375837.

Living As An Artist – Day 27

I have one more day until my 3 day bus pass expires. I’m not sure what I’m going to do about food. I have no more oatmeal, no more hot dogs, just a bag of brown rice.

Current Book: The Rules of Money – Richard Templar

I thought I would start reading books on money since that is where I want to improve my life. So, I’m reading, The Rules of Money by Richard Templar.

This is the quote from Rule #2 –

If we don’t have a definition, how can we monitor or judge success? If we don’t do this, how will you know if this book as been helpful to you?

That’s a great question. So, I’m going to put set a personal goal of earning $100.00 a day as an artist.

Street Musician 

I plan on going out to play tommorow.

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Running Diary

Sport: Running
Distance: 1.91 mi
Duration: 26 minutes
At: 6/13/13, 10:23 AM

View my session at http://www.runtastic.com/sport-sessions/83197530.
To see what I’ve worked out in the past go to http://www.runtastic.com/users/13375837.

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 Running Distance Chart

Running Time Chart

$3.40

Living As an Artist – Day 26

I’m down to my last $5.00. I’m still waiting for my restitution check from the city to come, if I even get it. I’m afraid the I.R.S. may get their hands because I received a lien letter two days ago. Great timing.

I’m faced with a decision of playing on the streets or trying to figure out how to eat. I was out last night at midnight, hungry with $2.00 in my pocket. The only thing I could afford was a pound cake which I bought from the gas station.

Mentally, I don’t even want to run this morning. But I think I will.

10:00 a.m.

There are days like this where I feel like throwing in my cards and submit to going back into the work force. I would be miserable, but I wouldn’t be worrying about paying my bills.

Living as An Artist – Day 25

Yesterday, I worked a Task Rabbit job for 6 hours. I was dead tired when I came home. Natalie came over to be apart of my class that I wanted to teach. Looks as if I don’t really want to teach this class as if falls into self improvement.

Sport: Running
Distance: 1.80 mi
Duration: 22 minutes 36 seconds
At: 6/11/13, 9:08 AM

View my session at http://www.runtastic.com/sport-sessions/82229705.
To see what I’ve worked out in the past go to http://www.runtastic.com/users/13375837.

Get the runtastic iPhone App for free http://www.runtastic.com/apps/iphone.