Have you ever wondered what the schedule of an artist would look like? Well…I told you I would show you my schedule. I don’t know if you’re ready for this, because seriously, if you want to be an artist on the internet, be ready to be really freaking tired. Like, all the time. Take a look at my average weekly to-dos, and let me know, are you ready for the schedule of an artist?
I get up at 7am, take a shower, pack my lunch, make breakfast, take out the dog, do my hair and makeup and get ready for a work day. I pack up a laptop bag with me with something specific to work on. Usually blog or editing. I get to work and I work on blog posts throughout the day when I have downtime. This helps me to get ahead, and it makes me look busier than I am at work so that I’m not yelled at. Yay! During my lunch break, at 11am, I will work on editing a video or on writing responses online. Sometimes I will set up Facebook posts ahead of time, or I will work on Instagram, it all depends on what I have the prep work done for. I get a 45 minute lunch this day, which allows for me to watch Baylee Jae and Drawing Wiff Waffles on my break without going over. After lunch I usually will get busy at work and will have to focus on job tasks. I leave work at 515pm, so I send any work that I’ve achieved to my personal email, and get ready to head to the Panera down the street. I meet Frances Albatross from 530pm to 930pm to have a focused work session and get through as much as possible. Usually I focus on working through things that need to be planned, set up my planner for the week, type up descriptions for Etsy items that will be released later in the week, reply to emails, and start planning my advertisements for the month. She and I both get tired midway through, usually, so we help keep each other motivated. After I leave there, I will head home, have a spot of dinner with my husband, snuggle my puppy and get ready for bed. I try to be in bed by 11pm, but chatting with my hubby sometimes gets me in bed a little later.
I get up early today. I have meetings in the morning and have to be at work 45 minutes early, so I get up at 630. I do not shower in the morning on Tuesdays since I go every other day, and this allows me to have time to take Wally for a walk in the morning before I get dressed and ready to head to work. I grab my laptop bag, which is still packed from the previous day, and head off to work. I am there from 8am to 5pm, and I do the same thing on my lunch as Monday, work work work! I head straight home tonight. When I get in the door I change into comfy clothes and get Wally strapped up for his walk. We will walk for about an hour until 645, and I will play Pokemon Go while we are out on our walk. I get home around 7 when my husband gets there and he and I will start doing some cleaning around the house. Usually I focus on dishes and he will work on vacuuming and general tidying in the kitchen and den. Around 8pm I will head upstairs to my office and start getting to work on commissions. I will work until 1030pm and my husband will bring me some dinner at some point while I’m up there. There’s not usually a plan for that. Then, I head downstairs again, and get ready for bed.
Wednesday is Instagram day. I usually take pictures through the weekend and the first two days of the week to start posting items on Wednesday for the upcoming week. I use an app called Later which allows me to schedule posts on Instagram ahead of time, so on Wednesdays I will work through my day to do these posts, get them scheduled and research hashtags. I also use my lunch break for this. Wednesdays are to start gearing up for the YouTube release of the week, and now that I’m blogging I will start to advertise that I have these going up on Sundays to help draw up some extra attention. My after work schedule is a bit different on Wednesdays since I meet up with my commissioners and give them their work on Wednesdays. It depends if they are local whether or not I need to meet them face to face or if I need to send it to them in an email format. If it is face to face it is usually near my job or my home to make the traveling a little bit easier for me. When I get home around 645, I take Wally on a little quick walk, and by the time I get home, Lee has been there for a little bit, so he’s already started dinner and is waiting to hang out. We will eat dinner together and then I will head upstairs to work on editing my YouTube video for the week. I go to bed around 11pm.
The panic has begun to set in. I know that I need to have a video done for Saturday and at this point it is for sure not done. I get dressed and ready as usual, and I get to work at the usual time. I work through the day on blogging and prep work for the ensuing chaos of the night. I text my husband, and he orders pizza for this night. He will need to pick up the slack from me tonight. When I finally get home, I head straight up to my office. Wally gets no walk tonight unless my husband takes him, and honestly, I have no idea if he does or doesn’t, because I will be upstairs all night. Thursday night I will have to finish editing my video, get it uploaded, make a thumbnail for it, create the description and social posts for it, get it scheduled to go up on Saturday afternoon, and create advertisements for the video for the different social platforms that I use. Often, this night is a late night. We eat pizza, and my husband comes up to cheer me on when I start to burn out.
Ah. Sweet, sweet Friday. I go to work at the normal time, but I have to stay late these nights. I work until 530 and then drive home. Wally and I do our walk and then I leave for the office. Tonight is catchup night. Anything that was abandoned through the week is taken care of tonight, and I usually hit the hay around 230am. I do dishes, vacuuming, laundry, de-cluttering, editing, drawing, commissions, whatever still needs to get done to be ready for the next day or so. I also add new Etsy listings this night, so whatever needs to be added to the shop will be added before I get to run to bed.
I usually get up around 10am, and then Lee and I go out to breakfast/lunch. Today I know that I will get to spend some quality time with him. Most everything that I’ve been working for all week will go live today and I will get to see how well everything is performing. The Etsy is updated, the video goes live, and all my adverts and social media will happen. I try not to watch in the moment. Sometimes, its very depressing. Other times, it is awesome! When we get home, I go up to my office and I work on responding to comments and sketching my next video design out. This is also a late night because I want to have the sketch laid down, and the inking either done or mostly done. If I can get the inking done fast, then I get to go downstairs and spend time with Lee and watch TV.
This is fun-day. Lee makes a big breakfast and we watch TV in the morning to wake up. Usually around noon I will head up to my office and get started on my coloring for the day. If I get it done on time, then I will go downstairs and start my meal planning for the week, if I don’t then it gets pushed back until Monday on my lunch break. I import all of my video files and scan in the original piece. I immediately frame my finished work so that it is ready when it’s time to use it in a show. Before bed I will hang out with Lee and watch TV, but I usually answer comments while I’m watching.
So, as you can see, the schedule of an artist is so busy. An artist business owner doesn’t have time to themselves very often. And any time that we add in a new project or something that we would LIKE to do, or an art show or anything like that, it will completely change the time allotted to other things in our weeks, which are already completely jam-packed with things to do. Thank God for my husband, who is there to pick up the pieces when I’m not able. Also, remember that the first couple of years, you probably won’t turn a profit unless you are able to not have a day job, and are able to take out a small business loan in order to fund your projects. Editing software and business cards and all of that costs money. So, you are doing all of this in the hopes that you will one day be able to reap the rewards, but at the beginning, you are working 70+ hours a week, and 30+ of that is unpaid.
Good luck, artists! We’re gonna need it. I’ll see you next Sunday, but in the meantime, what are you doing to prepare for the Holidays for your art business? Leave a comment, and let’s get the conversation started! TTFN!