How do you define success?
Here's how I define it:
You are successful when you are able to take full control of your life instead of waiting for unseen circumstances to bring success to you.
Marketing yourself as an artist or photographer is about letting go of the notions that luck will bring you money and fame and that you can take charge of your own financial destiny.
Ensure that specific success points will happen in your business because of your actions, your decisions, and your personal abilities.
You have the power to decide TODAY that you will make things happen. You're not going to wait for something to happen someday. You're going to take control of your life and your business now!
Success will come to you when you take full control.
There are sacrifices along the way.
That's just part of making your dreams come true.
You'll sacrifice some of the time you would otherwise be creating your art. Or making photographs.
This time will be spent on marketing your work and selling prints or services.
Of course, it should also be noted, you'll spend more time doing administrative duties tied to your business like accounting, ordering supplies, fulfilling orders, etc.
But those are the marks of success!
It's about choices.
Know what you really want to do.
But make no mistake, you won't be able to spend all of your time creating art. People have to be able to find it. You have to be able to sell it. You have to put time into marketing.
If you really want something you can achieve it. But you have to make sacrifices along the way.