What would it be like to earn a living from your creativity?
I’m not talking about getting paid here and there for small projects. I’m talking about making a full-time living from projects alone.
Today, we talk to Mauricio Ramirez, a visual artist who went from funding his own art projects to building a legit full-time business.
He has plenty of experience and advice for his fellow artists.
If you’re not an artist, that’s okay because the principles we talk about are transferable to any career you’re in.
Mauricio specializes in painting contemporary murals throughout the US. His art is epic and recognizable because of its style and focus.
He paints murals highlighting Mexican cultural figures. The icons he chooses to highlight connect with the neighborhood where the mural will live.
The technical art style in which he paints is called “low poly”. Low poly art consists of images broken into triangles and polygons. It resembles pixilation except instead of squares, he uses triangles.
His art is colorful, bright, and what I call “Instagrammable”.
Mauricio has made a name for himself. His murals are scattered throughout the US and he’s built a legit full-time business by leveraging his creativity.
In this episode, we talk about:
- Why every artist should have a conversation with an accountant
- How going through reps shouldn’t feel like work — at least not initially.
- Why involving the community is key for making art
- How saying no to projects can elevate your worth