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Ballsy: It takes balls to sell art.

Ballsy: It takes balls to sell art.

By Kolodny

Welcome to Ballsy, the podcast where I interview successful artists and creators on how they got the balls to sell their art, and turn their art practice into profitable businesses.

As a former entrepreneur turned artist, I realized that being an artist is basically like running a small startup, and you, the artist, are the CEO. I talk to artists and talk about their businesses, talk real numbers, growth hacks, tools and tricks and how they were ballsy enough to make art their career
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Episode 7 Marcus Aitken
Episode 7 Marcus Aitken
Welcome to Episode 7 of Ballsy with Marcus Aitken.  Marcus is a contemporary artist living and working in South London. Known for his gestural paintings, Marcus uses a combination of layering, distressing and blending to present a multifaceted surface to his work. His background in design has developed his artistic style creating cutting-edge abstract works.  He has shown in exhibitions internationally and has collectors around the globe. His work has been featured by various publications including Schön! Magazine, Art Plugged, Saatchi Online, Soft Punk Magazine, High Snobiety, Trebuchet, Condé Nast, and Culture Trip. He was also named as one of Saatchi Art's top 20 emerging artists to watch in 2020. He makes more than art, doing lots of interesting fashion Colabs, and we get deep into the way he approaches his business.  Really great interview.   You can find him on instagram  @marcusaitken_ And on his website  https://www.marcusaitken.com/
45:11
November 24, 2022
Ballsy Episode 6 - Curt Hammerly
Ballsy Episode 6 - Curt Hammerly
Welcome to Episode 6 of Ballsy with Curt Hammerly.  Curt is Ballsy, and turned his art practice into a successful business.    Taking technical 3d printed designs and slip casting them in porcelin, he creates shapes and forms not seen anywhere else.  He has built a huge and loyal following on instagram, with over 250k fans.   He creates amazing content and even more amazing art.  Working with celebs like Seth Rogan and some of the best designers in the world.  He is growing Hammerly ceramics into an indy powerhouse.    You can find him on instagram @hammerlyceramics  and at his website of the same name  http://hammerlyceramics.com
01:02:59
November 17, 2022
Episode 4 - Easy Sunday Club - Cathy Zhang
Episode 4 - Easy Sunday Club - Cathy Zhang
On this weeks episode, we chat with Cath Zhang from Easy Sunday Club.   We discuss turning her art into a successful products business.   It's a great convo. You can find her at  https://www.instagram.com/easysundayclub/ and  www.easysundayclub.com/pages/welcome and  https://www.youtube.com/c/easysundayclub About your host: Kolodny My journey from Hospitality guru to Artist was met with many unforeseen challenges.  What I realized, is being an artist is basically like running a small startup, where the artist is CEO, CMO, CFO, assistant, production lead… well you get the point.   Hopefully by listening to our mistakes and successes you can avoid some of the pitfalls that have lengthened our journey.   I interview successful artists, gallerists, collectors, and learn how these artists overcame “startup” challenges to become as successful as you want to be.  Hopefully listening to them will teach us a trick or two
59:25
December 08, 2021
Episode 5 - Jared Schwalb
Episode 5 - Jared Schwalb
On this weeks episode, we chat with financier turned pop artist Jared Schwalb.  This week is a special episode with The most Famous Artist (matty mo) as a Co-Host.  We talk about finding customers, sales, how to deal with galleries, plus a lot more It's a great convo.  Have a listen  You can find his work https://www.instagram.com/vehement_art/ And www.vehementart.com About your host: Kolodny My journey from Hospitality guru to Artist was met with many unforeseen challenges.  What I realized, is being an artist is basically like running a small startup, where the artist is CEO, CMO, CFO, assistant, production lead… well you get the point.   Hopefully by listening to our mistakes and successes you can avoid some of the pitfalls that have lengthened our journey.   I interview successful artists, gallerists, collectors, and learn how these artists overcame “startup” challenges to become as successful as you want to be.  Hopefully listening to them will teach us a trick or two
01:21:06
December 08, 2021
Episode 3 - Javier Martin
Episode 3 - Javier Martin
On this weeks episode, we chat with Javier Martin.  Famed Artist Javier Martin known for his mixed media neon works, and has made it in both the gallery and museum world.  He is getting ready to launch a new exhibition, and  In this podcast we talk about his career, how he built his following, global appeal and gallery connections It's a great convo. TimeStamps 1:00 A bit about his work 4:50 6:35  Creation of neon 8:15  How he started - Interior design 8:40  winning best young artist of spain 12:30 - Interior designer put work in a home, then into a mag then off to a gallery 16:00 Growing career first 17:30 Blindness series - What we are missing 19:35  Appropriation 22:30 Saw opportunity in smaller market (Korea) and moved there 25:45 Moving to wynwood (miami) 27:00  Galleries were the only way when he started. People werent selling art online 31:00   Building a strong community of collectors 31:45  Selling directly - Pro tip  Dont have global representation 35:15  what social he uses 36:30 On not having full time team 37:30  Sales channels 39:00  On doing his own work 41:00  Commissions 43:00  Pricing 43:45 Inventory 48:45 NFTs 51:45 Concept first then business 55:30  Press About your host: Kolodny My journey from Hospitality guru to Artist was met with many unforeseen challenges.  What I realized, is being an artist is basically like running a small startup, where the artist is CEO, CMO, CFO, assistant, production lead… well you get the point.   Hopefully by listening to our mistakes and successes you can avoid some of the pitfalls that have lengthened our journey.   I interview successful artists, gallerists, collectors, and learn how these artists overcame “startup” challenges to become as successful as you want to be.  Hopefully listening to them will teach us a trick or two
01:02:38
October 26, 2021
Episode 2 - Eddie Gangland
Episode 2 - Eddie Gangland
On this weeks episode, we chat with Eddie Gangland. An OG NFT artist and early adopter of the Metaverse. He is known for his Gangland Skulls series is  highly sought after.  He is on track to become an NFT superstar. In this podcast we talk about his career, how he built his influence in the NFT space, some interesting growth hacks, and of course the Metaverse.   It's a great convo.  You can find Eddie's works on open sea You can find Eddie's works on open sea https://opensea.io/collection/gangland-skulls  Ganglandskulls.com TimeStamps  4:00Entrance to NFTs 4:50 Gangland Skulls 7:00  Shout out to his wife  11:35 Physical vs digital 13:50 Growth Hack - Timed Drops 15:00 Secondary market sales ‘ 15:45  First collector.  Mondoir 16 :15 Pricing 20:30   clubhouse - 8-10 hour days           X 22:30 Meteverse 24:45  Growth Hack  25:25  How to - the metaverse 42: Matty from TMFA   46:30 Citizen T 48:30  Growing the team 54:00 Targeted Traffic in metaverse / Real world About your host: Kolodny My journey from Hospitality guru to Artist was met with many unforeseen challenges.  What I realized, is being an artist is basically like running a small startup, where the artist is CEO, CMO, CFO, assistant, production lead… well you get the point.   Hopefully by listening to our mistakes and successes you can avoid some of the pitfalls that have lengthened our journey.   I interview successful artists, gallerists, collectors, and learn how these artists overcame “startup” challenges to become as successful as you want to be.  Hopefully listening to them will teach us a trick or two
57:08
October 18, 2021
Episode 1 Jojo Anvim
Episode 1 Jojo Anvim
So welcome to Ballsy: It takes balls to sell art.  This is episode number 1 I am Kolodny, your host.  This week we have a very successful and prolific artist Jojo Anavim. You can find Jojos work here  https://www.jojoanavim.com/ Blurring the line between mass consumerism and fine art, New York City based artist Jojo Anavim has established his body of work stemming from a background in graphic design and brand development. Previously a creative consultant for brands such as W Hotels, and Universal Music Group, Anavim crossed over full-time to fine art in 2013. His work continually employs bold color palettes, acrylic paint, oil stick, collage scraps, found items and advertisements Anavim has been collecting since his childhood. He is known for elevating the mundane by transforming everyday items into objects of transcendence. The paintings oscillate freely between playful and subversive. Triggered by his fascination with a child-like consciousness, Anavim challenges the viewer to not only see something beautiful but feel something as well.
56:42
October 08, 2021