Sunday, December 7, 2008

Surviving Financial Imbroglios

Everyone by now feels the sting of the financial panic brought down around your ears by our great financial solons at the various banks, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan, et al. The great blame game of who did what to whom is in full swing. Also the geat scions of our economy that brought about this mess now are crying for their handouts. All of this is of relatively little importance unless you have been thrown out of work or in some other way are affected.

If you have been affected, what do you do to counteract it? If you are self-employed, you have had some experience with thinking creatively on how to make money. If you have worked for other people all your working life, it could be a hard cruel time.

If you are self employed, you probably wont starve but life will be interesting. For instance, here at WSG Gallery, we are working hard to expand our business into closely allied fields. Jody is making videos of artists, musicians, and lawyers. You can see her work at: The videos are a way for videoee (coined a new word) to reach out to a new market via YouTube, and other video websites. These are also good for the Facebooks, etc of the world.

On the other hand, I am working up a seminar on teaching budding artists how to turn their art education into a paying gig. With 20 years of being an artist, I have some very good things to show artists. Particularly along the line of "how not to do this....". Have to wait and see how this develops. Nice thing about the seminar is that I really enjoy speaking to groups. With the students, it will be small groups under 50 I would suspect.

If you have some ways of making a living in tough time, that are a little different, feel free to email me and I will post the best ones. There are a lot of people that would like see how creative you can be in a recession/financial panic/depression/whatever.

Having a positive attitude helps. If you can't manage that, at least a non-wrist slitting attitude is helpful.

One way to buck up your attitude is remember that on January 20th, the lame duck leaves and a new president comes in. New can be better we hope.
copyright 2008 Carl Wright

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