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This week, I have been talking about how to start a Sanpo-Yoshi business, and yesterday, I wrote about making your business Urite-Yoshi, the seller is happy. One aspect of making your business Urite-Yoshi is to make it profitable. Another aspect is to conduct a business based on what you like doing.
Nonetheless, when we think of something we like doing, a lot of us say oh, I like music, or I like writing, or I like painting. Does making our business Urite-Yoshi mean we can pursue these artistic careers?
In today’s post, I will answer this question.
Yes, in some ways, they can be Urite-Yoshi businesses if you really feel passionate about them. However, you need to be aware that these creative fields are much more competitive than any other fields, and you need to put tremendous amount of time and energy to improve your crafts as well as promoting them. Sometimes we strive for 10 to 20 years, yet not getting anywhere.
Another word, it is very difficult to make them profitable.
Besides, in order to truly enjoy your artistic activities, sometimes it is better to do them as hobbies. You may not know this, but something you love doing may not be as enjoyable as you think when you do it professionally. Whether it is the music industry, the film industry, or the publishing industry, it all works on the same principle as in other businesses. It is still based on the globalized capitalistic system. People in those industries treat your artistic works as mere products and judge them based on their profitability.
By doing your creative work as a hobby, you can genuinely prioritize your artistic element over the commercial element. Separating your artistic activities from work may be a way to go.
If you still want to engage in your artistic activity as a business, you need to make it profitable and to do it; you need to look into the aspect of Kaite-Yoshi, the buyer is happy.
Another word, if there is demand or not, or whether your work satisfies the needs of customers. You need to be able to think as the business owner, not as the artist to assess your product objectively, and see if it matches the quality demanded by customers.
Or you can find a way to capitalize on your passion. For example, if you are passionate about singing but you are good at cooking, you can combine the two by starting a restaurant business that has karaoke in the evening, and you can give some singing lessons as well. I know of a person in Boulder Colorado who opened a sushi bar and had a special program where the chefs gave a live Rock ‘n’ Roll performance.
Combining your passion with something you are good at is a clever way because it helps your business grow and at the same time gives you a chance to practice what you love. You may not think this is the way you want to succeed, but what I find in successful people is that they are often clever enough to be able to adjust their talent slightly so that they can meet the demand.
If you love painting, you can start a restaurant business that displays your paintings on the walls. Again, I don’t think it is a compromise, because that is how art functioned in the past. If you think the only way to be successful as an artist is to be the cream of the crop and mass produce your work, you are conditioned by the system. That mentality is the same as the mentality of the franchise business. By making your artwork small and local, you may find yourself having a face to face deeper connection with your customers through your work, which can be more enriching than being labeled as a mass producing artist.
What is your purpose of being an artist anyway? What is the goal of art?
For me, art is something that creates beauty in our life. It is something enriches our life and society. If the art is bought into the capitalistic system and doesn’t function as it should anymore, I am happy not to be part of it; I don’t feel I am a loser at all. I mean who decides winners and losers? The people in the system, and do you think they know what they are talking about?
I am a writer, but writing isn’t everything. For me, growing vegetables is as much art as writing and so are a relationship with my family and community building. I find a suitable role for my writing within my whole activities for it to best serve its original purpose.
The bottom line is, you want to be creative and come up with a business that will capitalize on your talent and not be conditioned by conventional ways of thinking.
Anyway, whether you choose art as your business or not, in order to come up with a Sanpo-Yoshi business, you need to look further into the aspect of Kaite-Yoshi.