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Be Smart About Art

This channel provides insight and inspiration to help you thrive in a changing art world. Headed up by our Founder Susan Mumford - an entrepreneur, speaker, author and art world specialist, we're kicking-off with a weekly podcast, in which episodes are based on our popular blog series (est. 2012). Each edition givers insider insight into the art world, including real-life stories, best practices and more. “Art is your life. Make it your living.”

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"Do you shy away from accepting compliments and talking about successes?" - with Susan J Mumford

This episode brings up the common temptation to deflect compliments and avoid telling others of success. This is doing yourself a disservice, so it’s time to make a change.        -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  “Art is your life. Make it your living.” We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

4mins

6 Jan 2019

Rank #1

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Exhibiting at an art fair? It’s about more than simply selling - with Susan J Mumford

This episode considers the value of fairs, not only immediately, but in the long-term.        -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  “Art is your life. Make it your living.” We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

5mins

1 Jul 2018

Rank #2

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Cursed by creative perfectionism? Learn when to pull the trigger - with Susan J Mumford

This episode provides insight into stopping yourself from working on something forever, as tempting as it might be to do so.     -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  “Art is your life. Make it your living.” We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

4mins

19 Aug 2018

Rank #3

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Artists who take a long-term view will have more - and happier, buyers- with Susan J Mumford

This episode provides insight into the relationship between artists and agents, with a focus on directing sales through the appropriate party.  -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  “Art is your life. Make it your living.” We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

4mins

28 Jan 2018

Rank #4

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"Opportunities strike when you least expect them..." - with Susan J Mumford

This episode gets you out of your comfort zone when it comes to showing others a perfect veneer, for in imperfection and getting sneak peeks behind the scenes comes opportunities…          -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

4mins

17 Feb 2019

Rank #5

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No business cards? No problem. Aim for something different - with Susan J Mumford

This week's episode provides ideas for exchanging details with other people when out and about, whether or not you have business cards to hand. -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  “Art is your life. Make it your living.” We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

4mins

24 Dec 2017

Rank #6

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How to be smart about... GDPR and PECR - for (micro and small) art world businesses - with Susan J Mumford

This episode provides seven key points for owners of micro and small art world businesses to consider in mind of becoming compliant with updated personal data protection of EU citizens.  -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  “Art is your life. Make it your living.” We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

17mins

25 May 2018

Rank #7

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"Guilty of email crimes?" - with Susan J Mumford

This episode addresses a common challenge today: ineffectively sticking people on a mailing list - as you’re short of time and keen to grow your list. Find out how to not be guilty of email crimes and help individuals be joyous to receive your marketing messages in this publication.           -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

5mins

24 Feb 2019

Rank #8

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"Yes, you may pick my brain... at a price" - with Susan J Mumford

This episode provides ideas for helping others who approach you for career input with value exchanges that are set to help everyone involved, including yourself.        -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

5mins

3 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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"Coping with awkward questions" - with Susan J Mumford

This episode highlights how to reframe awkward questions in your own head, as well as deal with them (however irritating they might be!).  -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  “Art is your life. Make it your living.” We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

4mins

25 Nov 2018

Rank #10

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Getting personal recommendations for trustworthy suppliers (your brand depends on it) - with Susan J Mumford

This episode considers how to find trustworthy suppliers for your business that match your values, using real-life examples that demonstrate the importance of testing and introductions.  -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  “Art is your life. Make it your living.” We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

3mins

2 Sep 2018

Rank #11

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Want funding for a show? You have to ask for it - with Susan J Mumford

This episode provides insight into getting private sponsorship, highlighting a real-life story.  -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  “Art is your life. Make it your living.” We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

5mins

4 Feb 2018

Rank #12

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"Are you chasing low value art sales?" - with Susan J Mumford

This episode is a reminder of how important it is to think about how you spend your time, and to do so wisely.  -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  “Art is your life. Make it your living.” We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

4mins

14 Oct 2018

Rank #13

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Are international opportunities really offering value? - with Susan J Mumford

This episode looks at international ‘opportunities’ that might be nothing but, highlighting how important it is to put on your objective business hat when making business decisions.  -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  “Art is your life. Make it your living.” We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

3mins

4 Mar 2018

Rank #14

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You won’t give your time or art for free? But, it’s for charity… - with Susan J Mumford

This episode not only reminds you to keep your priorities straight, it also provides several solutions for supporting charitable causes on your own terms.     -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  “Art is your life. Make it your living.” We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

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18 Feb 2018

Rank #15

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The art world... A champagne lifestyle? - with Susan J Mumford

This week's episode gives insight for appearing to take part in the social aspect of art events, while staying on top of your game. -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  “Art is your life. Make it your living.” We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

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17 Dec 2017

Rank #16

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Ooh la la! A chic Parisian cafe… An ideal location for updating a stock list?! - with Susan J Mumford

This episode highlights the importance of keeping updated stock records and having them backed up - key activities for professional artists and gallerists alike. -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  “Art is your life. Make it your living.” We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

4mins

25 Feb 2018

Rank #17

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"What to DO and NOT do when it comes to getting a gallery" - with Susan J Mumford

This episode gives two real-life stories, displaying what NOT to do, and what TO DO, when it comes to artists and galleries starting working relationships. -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  “Art is your life. Make it your living.” We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

5mins

28 Oct 2018

Rank #18

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"Finding internal peace when the buck stops with you"- with Susan J Mumford

This episode addresses one reality of being your own boss: ultimately being responsible, no matter what.  -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  “Art is your life. Make it your living.” We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

4mins

16 Dec 2018

Rank #19

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"Scared of being copied? Don't worry; copycats lack your originality and commitment" - with Susan J Mumford

This episode addresses the fear and reality of being copied, and how true creative beings are in a position of power.  -----------  This podcast is a Be Smart About Art Production.  “Art is your life. Make it your living.” We’re here to help you thrive in a changing art world. http://www.besmartaboutart.com

4mins

21 Oct 2018

Rank #20