Introduction To Becoming A Traveling Artist.


It’s been a plan of mine to start sharing with you my experiences as an artist and what it is like to travel and create for a living. Increasingly more of us want to be able to travel and work at the same time. So over the coming months I will bring you more on traveling as an artist and how to make a living doing what you love.

I have been traveling since October 2006, we started off in the US traveling east to west along the route 66 traveling on Harley’s, stopping in hotels catching up with work along the way. After our first two years of traveling, having fun living life on our terms, it became clearer that we did not want to come back home to the UK. Until December 2010 we spent 3 months a year in the US. We have lived on the road, in San Diego, Chicago, Orlando and St Petersburg. Besides Living in the US we have lived in Thailand, Philippines, and New Zealand. We have traveled to Vietnam, Hawaii, and India.

In the early days I really didn’t know how to earn a living while traveling, let alone go about it, or what I really wanted to do. All I knew was that art was in my soul and somehow I had to make it work, and find my path. To mix things up a little more, I also had to deal with living life completely differently, swapping our house for a suitcase, and leaving our family and friends behind, to having just the two of us. They say Traveling can either break you or make you, fortunately for us it made us stronger and I’m lucky to have my best friend and rock with me. Thanks to the internet it allows us to stay in touch with family and friends besides earning, enabling us to live life how we do.

Five and a half years on and today I live in Bangkok Thailand and have been now for the last 2years. Why? I here you say, well there are a few reasons for this.
• One being is the opportunity to live in another country learning about another culture, so much is learned by watching and stepping into another life seeing how people interact with each other. It’s humbling and allows you to think outside the box and broadens the mind.
• Two Thailand is a beautiful place, and the people are generally very happy.
• Three it’s very cheap and we can afford a good quality life here compared to the west. It’s no secret Asia is booming!
• Four which is the big one is TIME! It allows me the time to build on my business and really think about where I want to go in business and what I want to achieve. Time is the important key, far too many of us don’t have enough time to spend on the things we love, or don’t know where to start cause we are so wrapped up in life and we often don’t see ourselves. You are the most important person in your life so finding time is so important. Time is the only thing we have to experience life! So make it count! I could so write some more on this and give you the benefits, but I will create another blog for especially about you and your time ;)

I recon the next question on your lips will be how do you stay there for 3 years? For me it’s going to college for 4 hours a week. I go to a Thai language school where i am learning to speak, read and write Thai. What better way to connect to the country and it’s people than to learn and speak there language. I’m not fluent yet and it’s not the easiest of languages but the more I learn the better it gets. In Bangkok many Thai’s speak English so you don’t get to practice much, plus I have a western partner so I learn a little slower, but the main thing is the experience ;) As I write this post I’m holidaying in Hanoi Vietnam and its so frustrating that I can’t speak their language. lol

More to come about traveling and working as an artist for a living. Here’s a list of some of the topics that will show up in future blogs :)

• The best way to start and earn a living online.
• In the beginning and how I found it making a living? and what were my problems.
• Traveling and work? A total rethink of how do business while traveling.
• How to be a traveling artist and earn a living.
• Tools of my trade – must have items.
• Where do you buy your art supplies.
• Whats different being an traveling artist the good and the bad.
• Advertising and promotion.
• Meeting other artists.
• Social media sites
• Time how important is it to you and do we have enough?
• Living in a suitcase and what its like.
• Living with less verses more.
• Investing money and creating a security blanket.
• Opportunities!! the world opens up!! You only live once!
• Living outside the box and looking outwards?
• Whats important to you?
• I wonder what the next 10 years will be like?
• Looking into the future? Where would I like to be and why?

 

8 Responses to Introduction To Becoming A Traveling Artist.
  1. Monica Orosco
    January 20, 2012 | 6:48 pm

    I love your blog! I look forward to reading it too!! I adore the banner pic you chose!!! It tickles my fancy!! You have such VISION, such TASTE!! I love you Beautiful Flower!! xooxox

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    December 14, 2012 | 4:45 am

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  7. elle-je' freeheart
    May 26, 2014 | 5:43 pm

    Being a traveling artist has been a LONG time dream of mine, but now that it is a possibility I am finding myself wobbling. I usually have such clarity but am so afraid and undecided about taking this leap of faith… for two reasons: I am a single woman, and unfortunately navigationally challenged (yes I do have a smart phone with a GPS guidance system which I am certain will be a big help). I have been wondering if there are any traveling artist who move around together as a group…. that might be a way for me to start and get my traveling gypsy legs.
    Have you any advice and do you know of any such groups? I currently live in Ventura, California, USA. Thank you I love your blog.
    elle-je’ freeheart

  8. admin
    May 27, 2014 | 4:55 am

    Hi elle-je’ freeheart,
    Thank you for contacting me about traveling and art. I understand that being a traveling artist is your dream and thats great. I know how you feel about wobbling with it at first, I still do sometimes. Its not easy to travel and do art, cause we do need to be grounded when we create. In answer to your question on do I know of any groups who are traveling and do art? unfortunately I don’t. But there are places you can go to create art and learn more. If you do find any out, let me know ;) And if find any I will let you know.

    Traveling and Galleries.
    I haven’t done this yet, but I plan to, is to travel through exhibiting in Galleries. This could enable you to have a base and travel and meet people who are really interested in your work. You live in a great country where its so large you can travel to different states and showcase your work. And every state is so different. Sedona in AZ has a lot of artist meets ups, it would also be worth looking into Oregan and Santa Fe NM, cause they have great artsy communities. I would love to come back to the US one day and travel to these places. I have travelled the US a lot, but when I did I was just starting out, just getting used to traveling, back then I did’t really know what I was going to do, but my arty mind took mental notes. One thing about the US, if you have a wheels you can travel easily, and there is so much there that would really be easier to travel and see the country.

    New Zealand is another great place to go, although they often only cater for local artists on a whole. But there are galleries out there who take in international artists. And I know if your in Queenstown you can stay and sell your art there. If you or anyone are interested in this, I will put together a fact file with contact details and info ;)

    I hope this helps.

    Octavia

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