Help! I Am Artist Podcast



A podcast helping artists create with confidence, work with impact and understand the business of art.


  • Turning Passion into a Profession

    26/05/2021 Duración: 39min

    From a young age Dido had 2 big passions. Music & Art! In this episode, Dutch Artist, Dido de Beer shares her journey of how she turned these passions into a budding art profession. Dido found her niche. Take a listen and discover how getting really specific about her style helped her build her business and connect with the right art buyers. Find out what inspires her and what hot tips she has for all those creatives wanting to turn their hobby into the life of a working artist. BONUS: Dido has a special gift for all the Help I Am Artist Podcast Listeners.  Head over to to access 2 of Dido’s favorite pop icon wallpapers which you can download as a musical background for your mobile device. 

  • Making Art Your Business

    06/04/2021 Duración: 47min

    When his parents celebrated their wedding anniversary Ramon surprised them with a special gift. He turned a block of plaster into his very first piece of sculpture. He loved the process so much that he simply kept making and creating. After being rejected by the art academy Ramon found his way and now tests the limits of his materials in his studio in The Netherlands where he makes personalized sculptures for private & business commissions both locally and around the globe. In this episode Award-Winning Dutch Sculptor Ramon Schalkx shares more about his artist story and what motivates him to make his art. This episode is filled to the brim with practical tips and valuable insights into how artists can successfully win and complete art commissions. As promised Ramon has prepared a special worksheet for artists looking to work on commissions. In this valuable document, Ramon explains the 4 steps that you can use to turn those often nerve-racking commissions into memorable occasions.  Head over to my website

  • Interview with Contemporary Landscape Painter Rachel Teannalach

    21/01/2021 Duración: 51min

    A few years ago, a mutual friend introduced me to working artist, Rachel Teannalach.  Rachel is a contemporary landscape painter based in Boise, Idaho.  In this episode, she shares more about her artistic journey.  For as long as she can remember Rachel has loved to paint. She has turned her passion for painting into daily practices that have fuelled so much of her success.  Her work is characterized by bold, gestural brushstrokes and her ability to evoke the emotional quality of the places she paints. Rachels work is guided by the belief that the observation of nature revives our recognition of beauty and restores our sense of belonging in the natural world. Her work inspires viewers to become more conscious of their surroundings and take time to stop and take notice. Besides original works, Rachel has found clever ways to turn her art into reproductions which in turn has become a major source of her income.  Her focus over the last several years has been collaborations with conservation organizations, suppo

  • Surviving as a Freelance Illustrator

    08/01/2021 Duración: 32min

    Cristian Aluas is a Romanian-born, Canadian living in New York where he works as a full-time artist, author, and educator. In this episode, Cristian tells his artist's story of finding his way in the competitive art world. He shares tips and practical insights on how you can earn a living as an illustrator, winning commissions, and finding those precious clients to purchase your art. Cristian shares his expertise as an illustrator and art entrepreneur in online courses and he has authored a book ‘It’s a living - Surviving as a freelancer in the 21st century.’ If you have ever wondered how you can earn a living as a freelance illustrator, what steps you must take to prepare to work on commissions or how you go about getting those happy clients?  Well then stay tuned! Happy listening.  

  • Become a Full-Time Working Artist

    10/12/2020 Duración: 26min

    If you want to grow in your art and start to make a living as an artist then you need to take ACTION. If you're tired of making your art, only to have it sitting around your studio collecting dust then take a listen! If you're frustrated that all your social posting and your artist website is giving you little to no results and you want to move forward but you don’t know where to start.... then this podcast is for you.  Are you ready to make 2021 your best year ever? In this episode I break down your artist's success path into manageable, doable steps. To help you on your journey I’ve created a framework, a clear map for you to follow.   This framework is based on these 3 main areas: Who you are as an artist, What kind of art are you making, How are you going to connect that with an art audience?   When you get clear about these 3 things you will start to make your art with more confidence, promote it with more clarity and sell your art with more connection. In this episode I break these crucial parts so th

  • 5 Life Hacks to Improve Your Creative Productivity

    11/11/2020 Duración: 20min

    While the pandemic is real and continues to keep us in it’s grip there is a still larger enemy lurking in the shadows. Whether you are aware of it or not there is a battle commencing.  The fight is for your attention.  1000’s of impulses nudges, pokes and pitches are thrown at you every minute begging you to stop and take notice.  This is without a doubt the biggest battle of our time. Those that scream the loudest, poke the hardest, come up as winners. Their prize is not only your attention but they plunder all that your 'attention' stands for. They steal your talents, rob your dreams, snuff out your passions and will hold your future ransom. All those distractions are costing you dearly. If you want to build that enjoyable, sustainable art business it’s important to detect who you are giving your attention to. Your time is precious. You may not have control over the rate those minutes, hours or days whiz by but you do have control over HOW you spend your time. When you become aware HOW and to WHOM you are g

  • What Artists Need to Know When Working with a Gallery - Gallerist David van der Linden

    29/10/2020 Duración: 31min

    Exhibiting your art is one of the most exciting and important aspects of a working artists life.  For many artists, the validation and exposure of working with a gallery, is something they dream of and is often seen as the pinnacle of their artistic success.  But is this realistic? How does the gallery world work? There are many ways that you can exhibit your work and whether you choose a gallery or plan to only exhibit your own work, understanding gallery representation will help you find your best fit, plan ahead and make the best smart moves for your art and business. I had the privilege to interview Dutch gallerist, David van der Linden for this episode. David lifts the curtain to the world behind the gallery door and shares what artists need to know and understand when considering gallery representation.  Find out more about David and his gallery here: In this episode David mentions these amazing artists, go & check them out: Tania Rivilis Mitzy Renooy Keimpe van der K

  • Why you can Make the Coolest Art but Still not Earn a Dime

    17/10/2020 Duración: 36min

    There is a reason why many parents discourage their children to attend art school. They have simply seen too few examples of happy, healthy, working artists. Statistic tell us that being a working artist, earning a living with your creativity, is the most difficult profession to be successful in.  Why is it so difficult to make living with your creativity? In this episode we will be looking at the economics behind the art business. The more understanding you have of the art market, the better prepared you are to make the necessary changes, so that you can do what you love to do and get paid for it! You can make the coolest art but this doesn't guarantee an income. If you're wanting to generate a revenue stream with your creativity you must be willing to be more than an artist. You need to adopt a business frame of mind. Building an art business is not a passive thing. Setting up those structures around your creativity takes intentional thought, strategic steps and bold, brave moves. Discover which of these 5

  • Reclaim your Artistic Success with Smart Goals you can actually still Achieve this Year

    10/10/2020 Duración: 19min

    WHY WAIT FOR THE NEW YEAR TO SEE MORE ARTISTIC SUCCESS WHEN THERE IS SOMETHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT TODAY! Take a listen. Find out how you can reclaim your art success with plans & goals you can still achieve this year! Start to take really smart art steps by downloading the free worksheet. This practical worksheet is here to help you breakdown your art dreams into manageable do-able steps: In this episode you will: Find out what a Smart Art goal is, Combine big & small goals to achieve more art success,  Reverse engineer your art plans into tasks you can do today, Find out what you need to achieve your art goals, Get control over your art career and steer it towards more artistic success. To access the WORKSHEET head over to for your free copy.  

  • 8 Things to Consider when Making Art your Job

    16/09/2020 Duración: 27min

    Many artists struggle to make that transition of creating art as a hobby and becoming a happy, thriving working artist.  Making art use to be fun and something you did for pleasure. But now that you are venturing out, to turn your art into a job and a revenue stream, you need to consider things you never had to deal with before. The more prepared you are for this exciting transition, turning your creativity into a job, the easier it will be to keep your joy and get your art made. In this episode we'll be looking at the 8 things you need to consider when turning your creativity into a revenue stream. FIND OUT HOW READY YOU ARE TO BE A FULL-TIME WORKING ARTIST Download this insightful resource to access the areas you need to focus on to make that smooth transition to become a better working artist.   In this CHECKLIST you'll discover: If you are in the right headspace to transition from creating as a hobby to be a happy working artist, If you have what it takes to turn your creativity into a consistent revenue

  • A Fresh Take on Social Media - Artist Strategies that will Surprise You

    08/09/2020 Duración: 47min

    The Internet has changed everything.  There has never been a more exciting time for artists to share and sell their work online. Even in these extraordinary times the internet has made it possible for artists to stay in business, connecting what they love to do with a receptive art audience willing to pay it’s worth.   ‘I work with artists that have sold more in the pandemic than any other time in their careers.’    Encouraging words from today’s special guest.  For many years this enterprising young woman helped international brands make the transition from the offline to the online space.  When the pandemic hit Stefanie Idrobo decided to help her artist friends and use all her marketing insights and online expertise to get their art seen and heard!  She created a platform that not only showcases inspiring, emerging artists but informs collectors how they can best invest in art.   Stefanie joined me from a beautiful location in Quito, Ecuador where she shares valuable tips and online strategies for artists,

  • 10 Smart Ways to Elevate your Art

    02/09/2020 Duración: 22min

    With 1000's of artists making fabulous art it's hard to stand out and get noticed.  In this episode we will be looking at 10 ways in which you can raise the bar and your visibility, by taking these smart steps.

  • Building Meaningful Art Connections

    26/08/2020 Duración: 19min

    'Your art and your art business is only as strong as your ability to connect that what you are making with others.' If you have chosen that bold step to take your creativity seriously and transform your art into revenue streams, you know better than anybody else that your creative endeavours start and end with you.  If you don't get going and make the work, your art will simply not get done! With 7.8 billion people on the planet, each with unique traits and personalities, it's safe to say we are all different. Not one single human is the same. We all have specific needs and wants. Are you clear about your artistic needs? Do you know why your art is important and what drives you to make it? Many creatives head straight into a burn-out because their inner needs don't align with their outer goals. The more you feel connected with yourself, the better you will understand of what you need to stay motivated, inspired and productive. In this podcast we will be looking at 3 specific area's in which artists can build

  • Why you should be listening to this podcast!

    22/08/2020 Duración: 01min

    My name is Sonja Smalheer. I am an artist, art coach and course creator. When I graduated from the Art Academy I learnt how to paint, and how to draw but I had no idea how to earn a living with my creativity.  I was not prepared for a life as a working artist. This often left me quite frustrated.Sometimes on the verge of calling it quits, throwing away my brushes and giving it all up. But I am so glad I didn’t. After many failed attempts and valuable lessons learnt,  I discovered ways to turn my creative dream, of being a working artist, into a reality, now giving me the freedom to live the life I love. I created the Help! I Am Artist Podcast, because no matter where you are on your creative journey, whether you are just starting out or maybe you have been a working artist for a while, you too can take steps to turn your creative passions into a meaningful sustainable profession.  The Help! I Am Artist Podcast is filled with fresh inspiration, step by step practical insights and interviews with artists who ar

  • Setting up an Art Routine

    14/03/2020 Duración: 29min

    I hear artists say this all the time. 'If only I had a big break! If only I was so lucky.' Sure, sometimes circumstances work in our favour but generally we need to just show up and get to work for it. The sum of all the little things you do during your day will far outweigh the chances of a big break or a lucky strike to come your way. So instead of waiting for fortune to come knocking or some lightning bolt to boost your art career, it is far more effective to set a goal, make a plan and get to work. This starts by setting up an effective art routine. When you do something consistently, it will become second nature and overtime cost far less energy and effort. In this 2nd episode of the 'What Successful Artists get Right' Series I will be looking how setting up an art routine will help you build continuity which will become the driving force behind a successful art career. This episode comes with a free art resource and a worksheet including practical exercises to help you take your next steps toward making

  • Art choices that define you

    03/03/2020 Duración: 24min

    Some artists just seem to have it all. They are getting all the attention and their art seems to be selling like hot cakes.  What are they doing that makes them stand out and get noticed?  In this series I will be taking an inside look at what successful artists are doing right. Often fear, insecurities and the drive to be perfect keeps us captive. We are unable to move past them and create with the ease and freedom we so long for.  In part 1 of this series I will be highlighting 8 artist types that find it difficult to move forward to find their creative best. Take a listen and find out what you can do to move past those things that limit you so that you too can turn your passions into a meaningful profession. This episode comes with a free art resource and a worksheet including practical exercises to help you take your next steps toward making a living with your art and establishing an art career.    


    21/01/2020 Duración: 31min

    Artists can no longer ignore the amazing opportunities social media offers to promote and sell art. If done correctly artists can use the unique qualities of each platform to effectively connect with their art followers and start to build engaged art audiences. In this episode I share 10 tips how artists can use social media more effectively to stand out and get noticed. This episode comes with a special resource. If you want to find effective ways to use Instagram Stories to promote and sell your art then this resource is for you. Download your free guide on


    21/01/2020 Duración: 44min

    In today’s episode we draw back the curtain and take a look at the role and work of an art curator.  Aniko Ouweneel is my guest and shares how she uniquely weaves together her expertise as a cultural historian and her vast experience as an art curator.  She has co-organized and designed more than 30 exhibitions, she has juried showed, authored books, lectures at universities and writes a regular art blog. She is a member of the A. Toth Sander Art Foundation in which she treasures the art of her grandfather, A. Toth Sander; safeguarding the legacy of this world renown avant garde artist who exhibited with artists like Picasso and Leger. I can safely say that she is an expert in her field and has art rooted deep within her DNA.  Recently I had the privilege to work closely with her when she commissioned one of my textile installations for an exhibition celebrating the 700th year of city rights of Culemborg in The Netherlands. I experienced first hand how the roles of curator, artist and themes intertwine to com


    21/01/2020 Duración: 29min

    Is your Artist Website working for you? Your website is the first impression many art buyers, curators, gallery owners or workshop students will have of you....long before they meet you in person. In this busy online world it is imperative to have a website that represents the best you have to offer. If you craft your website correctly you can use your online space to stand out and get noticed. To showcase your art and personality does NOT mean you have to fill your website with everything you have ever said or done. Using just the right images or arranging carefully picked words brings clarity and helps visitors quickly grasp who you are and what you are all about. In this episode I highlight 10 practical tips you can do today to take your artist website to the next level. Download the Artist Checklist and find out how effective your artist website really is.  

  • Artist Success Story - Dutch Master Painter Mitzy Renooy

    11/01/2020 Duración: 40min

    Her collectors call her refreshing, her teachers tenacious and her students inspiring. In this episode Dutch Master Painter, Mitzy Renooy shares her personal artist journey. What I love about her story is that at age 49, Mitzy went back to school and committed to study 5 years at the Classical Art Academy in The Netherlands.   She has since graduated and all that hard work is paying off. Her first solo exhibition was a huge success and I am convinced we will be hearing a lot more from this gentle, big-hearted artist.  In this podcast Mitzy shares insightful tips and practical advice for artists wanting to exchange their hobby for a life as a full-time artist. This episode comes with a Free Artist Resource You can download it on  

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