An Artist’s Chances in this Economy

US unemployment is presently at 9.3% at the time of writing this. That is a bleak figure that is made even more disturbing when one realizes this percentage is not taking into account the large number of people who have stopped actively looking for work, who have left the job market, believing there are simply no jobs to be had.

We see a trend when our economy dumps like this:

  • People go back to school to re-equip themselves with new skills and tools   and
  • People start creating their own opportunities by going into business for themselves.

Sometimes, where you stumble, there your treasure is. What does this mean? Sometimes hardship has a way of waking us up, of encouraging us to venture outside of our comfort zones, to reinvent, by necessity. Difficulty has a way of challenging us, of pushing us, enabling us to grow and evolve.

Have you thought about running your own business, of being the driving force behind your career and financial opportunities? Have you thought about returning to school? Have you thought about re-equipping yourself in this unstable economy?

Are you an artist? If so, did you receive formal training? If yes, do you feel that your educational institution prepared you for the rigors of the market? Did they not only teach you how to create a work of art, but also how to make a living from your art?

If you answered “No” to this last question, you are not alone.

The vast majority of arts education institutions are not serving the bleak statistic above, but are adding to the unemployment rate. The extreme majority of our arts education institutions do a huge disservice to artists in training, as they do not adequately prepare them for the rigors and realities of the market. They train artists in arts technique only, with little to nothing in way of business skill. Worse, the educational institutions know what they are doing and choose to do little or nothing about it. As long as artists are lining up for training, they are not going to fix what they do not perceive as being broken…a.k.a. their bottom line.

It is time for a change.

At Austin Conservatory of Professional Arts and The International Theatre Academy Norway, we train artists through a unique approach combining BOTH artistic technique AND entrepreneurial and business skills. This gives our graduates a competitive advantage.

Our artists learn how to create opportunities themselves, how to perceive and fill cultural gaps, to create a niche in the market and dramatically increase their chances of making a living. Our students learn to lead–not just others, but themselves. Most importantly, we teach our artists in training how to teach themselves, for this is the most important tool a student can have. The benefit of this tool? If one knows how to teach themselves, they are in a constant state of learning and, consequently, personal betterment.

Is it time to return to school?

Is it time to re-tool, to re-equip?

Apply today for Austin Conservatory of Professional Arts or The International Theatre Academy Norway. Both conservatories are accepting applications now.

I invite you to explore our websites and this blog, The Hart Technique. See what makes us unique. Discover what we believe is destined to be the future of arts education–entrepreneurial arts training. Why is this modality of education the future? It is a system that creates jobs–with artists creating them, themselves.

Jim Hart is the founder of Austin Conservatory of Professional Arts and The International Theatre Academy Norway.


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