The Thriving Christian Artist

The Thriving Christian Artist

The official podcast of internationally recognized artist, speaker, author and mentor Matt Tommey. The Thriving Christian Artist Podcast is for artists who want to bust through roadblocks that have held them back for years, create the art they love and live the life the they know God created them to live as an artist in His Kingdom.

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July 29, 2021 6 min

“Your prices are too low!”  they say.  “You need to raise them!”  But that’s easier said than done! 

In today’s episode of 5-Minute Mentoring, I’m sharing some clues you can look for to know when - and how - to raise your prices to ensure that you’re building in profit so you can sustain and grow your art business.

Are you an artist struggling to price your art in a way that feels authentic to you but still returns a profit?  Check ...

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As we’ve talked about in the last few episodes of the podcast, pricing your artwork can be a real pain in the derriere.  

It’s a common frustration I hear from followers and students alike, and one I experienced as I developed my art business, too…

...until I finally discovered the formula and strategy that allowed me to price my work easily and competently with profit in mind. 🙌  

That’s why on today’s podcast, I’m sharing so...

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Selling your art on commission, consignment, or wholesale can be a great way to expose new potential customers to your art and grow your client base and revenue. However, when you first start selling your art, all the terminology can be overwhelming. 

Never fear!  In this episode of the Thriving Christian Artist podcast, I’m breaking down exactly what it means to create and sell art on commission, consignment, or wholesale.

The key...

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One of the things that’s closest to the Lord’s heart is generational impact, that the work of our hearts and hands doesn't end with us - that it will continue to the next generation.  

That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to Mary, Christine, and Caitlin, three talented artists who have created a multigenerational art business that has blessed customers, clients, and other artists for 30 years now.

It’s amazing all the power...

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Some people just love to haggle.? They enjoy the thrill of the hunt for a great deal.? They LOVE getting a discount.? They’ll ask for discounts on everything - just in case the answer is yes!

A lot of artists think that they have to offer a discount to get someone to buy their art - but it’s not true, and it’s not good for your business!? Remember, a discount takes money right out of your pocket - and that makes your job as a busine...

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When I received my commission from the Lord back in 2009 to raise up an army of artists all over the world, one of the things that He told me I would be doing was bringing the master artists and emerging artists together to learn from and walk with each other.  

That’s why I’m delighted to introduce you to my friend Scott Stearman, a master sculptor, consummate encourager, and passionate storyteller who loves to use his creative gif...

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When I first started my art business, I was in “hustle mode.”  I was working 6-7 days a week, burning the midnight oil, and creating art that was selling - but that wasn’t bringing me any joy.
 
It wasn’t until I realized that I needed to make my business work for me - and not the other way around - that I finally discovered the life God meant for me to live.

On this episode of 5-Minute Mentoring, we’re talking about how to avoid let...

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Ever heard that saying, “It is what it is?”  It’s often said in the context of something that we can’t change, something that feels too big for us to tackle.  My guest this week, Justin McRoberts, is determined to change this sentiment from “It is what it is” to “It is what you make of it.” 

In this episode of The Thriving Christian Artist podcast, Justin and I talk about how when we’re tempted to throw up our hands and say “It is ...

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Do you grapple with the tension of being creatively authentic and actually making a living from your art?  Can creative authenticity and profit actually live together in harmony? 

They absolutely can - and they should!  Profit is one of the most powerful things you can build and grow in your art business today.

That’s why on today’s episode of 5-Minute Mentoring, we’re talking about the three benefits that profit brings to your busi...

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One of the biggest misconceptions that a lot of artists carry is the idea that creativity is outside the realm of God’s Kingdom, that it’s “extra” or ancillary.  But here’s the thing:  creativity is what manifests God’s Kingdom - not the other way around.  It’s how we connect with the abundant life that Jesus designed for us, and it’s how we see the transformative power of God begin to flow in and through our lives.

In today’s episo...

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Have you ever wondered what it means to prophesy with your art, to create with the Holy Spirit, and to see God use your art in powerful ways to touch others?

We’re going to explore this and give you some answers on how you can begin to see transformation, healing, and peace released to others through your talents here in this episode of 5-Minute Mentoring.

Want to learn more? Check out my free teaching on What is Prophetic art on my ...

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Ever thought about writing a book?  Today on the podcast, I’m talking with my friend Michelle Kulp, a paralegal-turned-bestselling author who helps people tap into and write their story and share it with the world.

Even if you think “But Matt, I’m an artist, not a writer!  I couldn’t write a book!,” take a listen to my conversation with Michelle.  Michelle and I share our tips, our process, and our lessons learned along our own book...

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Quite simply, prophetic art is "creating art with God."  It's this beautiful dance where, as artists, we do the thing that God has put on our hearts through our creative process. 

He flows through us by the power of the Holy Spirit in order to inspire us, bring fulfillment to us in our unique design, and release His transformative nature through us to touch the world around us.  

Prophetic art isn’t about integrating cros...

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I’m privileged to work with so many artists who are new to their art journey, still figuring things out as they decide how they can best glorify God through their artistic gifts.

But whether you’re just getting started or have been a professional artist for years, you NEED to listen to this week’s podcast as I chat with Jen Brandon!

Jen Brandon is an oil painter and children’s book illustrator specializing in horse, dog, and equestri...

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We know that God created the heavens and the earth...but what do art and being an artist have to do with the Kingdom of God? Is art actually a gift from God?  If so, what are we doing with it?

In this episode of 5-Minute Mentoring, we’re talking about the gift of art and our responsibility - and privilege - to honor and glorify Him and His Kingdom.
 
Want to learn more about prophetic art?  be sure to check out the free resources on ...

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Over the years, I've learned that content marketing is one of the most cost-effective ways to drive traffic to your website. Creating content that communicates who you are draws people into your world, allowing you to connect with clients and referral partners in ways that hopefully results in sales.  

I'm joined by one of the leading voices in content marketing in today's episode, Pamela Wilson. As you listen to this in...

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Have you ever wondered what it means to be called by God as an artist to do those things that you do creatively?

We’re going to jump into this in today’s episode of 5-Minute Mentoring, where I give you an incredible Kingdom insight right out of Exodus 31 that will show you exactly what it means to be called as an artist.

You can read my entire teaching series on What is Prophetic art on my website at www.matttommeymentoring.com/what-...

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One of the things that I love doing as an artist and an entrepreneur is learning from people who are not artists, especially in the business realm. I've learned over the years that learning from other people's experiences and tapping into their wealth of knowledge helps give me a different perspective on what God's called me to do as an artist and as a creative.

My guest today, Don Long, not only has a great understandin...

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Have you been wondering how to use Reels on Instagram® or even what you would put on a Reel to get started? 

We’ll be talking about all things “Reel” as I give you some great ideas on how best to use the Instagram® feature that’s getting a lot of attention here in this episode of 5-Minute Mentoring.

Connect with Matt online at https://www.matttommeymentoring.com or on Instagram and Facebook @thethrivingchristianartist

Get encourag...

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In this Thriving Christian Artist podcast episode, I’m joined by my great friend, Adleyn Scott. ? Not only is she a great painter, teacher, and inspirer of painters, but she’s also a world-class pianist, organist, and educator for many years.? And if that’s not enough, Adleyn is one of the few people that has known me my entire life.?

Adleyn shares a bit of her journey with us in this episode, where we talk about everything from the...

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