Senior Pro Prac Recap: Diane Scott and Danny Orendorff

Seniors! We are off to a great start this semester in Professional Practice. So far we have invited Diane Scott, Director of Artist Inc, an artist/entrepreneurial workshop, and Danny Orendorff, Charlotte Street Foundation’s Curator-in-Residence.

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Diane talked to students about what works for artists. Just like traditional small business owners, artists can find this to be a daunting task. How do some artists make the leap to sustainable and profitable artistic practices?  Through their work with over 400 artists (from musicians, to writers, to painters, to filmmakers), the Artist INC team has identified the common behaviors of successful artist entrepreneurs.

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Artist Inc’s tips for a successful career:

  1.  Do not limit yourself and your choices because of finances or debt.
  2. Know where you are going. What is the ultimate goal for your career and where do you want to live?
  3. Portfolio careers work for artists because they are generating income from multiple revenues.
  4. Tell people what you are doing!
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask for things.
  6. Always be prepared. Have you resume, website and portfolio updated!
  7. Be a good and professional person to work with.
  8. Details matter.
  9. You can’t make everybody love you, but it’s going to take meeting a lot of people to find the ones who do.
  10. Do the research. Don’t apply to something unless you know it’s right for you and your projects!
  11. Find peer networks to discuss your progress and encourage you.
  12. The worst thing you can do is do NOTHING!

Diane also provided an AMAZING Resource Guide of local opportunities for artists. Check it out!

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This week we welcomed, Danny Ordendorff, the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Curator in Residence for 2013-2014. Danny is a testament to the ‘portfolio career’ Diane explained. He generates an income from writing for Art in America, Bad at Sports, and Dolan Geiman. He is also a curator, educator, activist and assists with making medical grade sex toys for Tulip, a feminist erotic boutique in Chicago. Danny shared his journey from aspiring curator recently out of undergrad in the Bay area to a prolific midwest curator.

The most important things students can take away from Danny’s talk would have to be:

  1. Be true to yourself!
  2. Introduce yourself to the people who you aspire to be. If you want to work with them someday, tell them you love what they do and how could you get involved? You may get a surprising and uplifting relationship in the result.
  3. Don’t define yourself as one kind of artist. Diversify the ways you get your work out there (and more importantly ways that it can bring you an income)

Be sure to see Danny’s exhibitions this year at La Esquina, 1000 West 25th Street KCMO 64108! Danny also shared is journey through several links listed below.


– Small Institutions

– Talk about experience interning for SMOCA / BAM / The Backroom

Learning to Love You More :

Shotgun Review :

Bad at Sports :

Temporary Art Review :

Dolan Geiman :


Reform School:


ETSY Success / LABS:

:::::::::::STALK PEOPLE::::::::::

Tanya Aguiniga :

Quimby’s – Small Press / Editions / Art Prints :

Designing an MBA :

Alison Wade – Dan Devening project :–

Small Grants

Sunday Soup :


Threewalls CSA :

Chances Dances Critical Fierceness Grant :

Charlotte Street Foundation :


Other Opps:

MDW Fair :

emerge art fair :


Ox-Bow :

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