Four Tips to building your name in the NFT community (and selling your #NFTart)
Beeple made waves in late 2020 when he became an overnight success. At the time he broke NFT records passing $3.5million on the exclusive platform Nifty Gateway. The thing many people don’t know is that it took a long time for Beeple (real name Mike Winkelmann) to become an overnight success.
Beeple has spent over 5,000 days creating “Everydays.” These pieces of are have been posted on his social media for many years. The art community has been following him for years. In fact, he has nearly 2 million followers on instagram alone. The point is, it took a ton of passion, dedication, artistry, and maybe just a little bit of luck for Beeple to get where he is. (This article wont even cover the fact that he’s also worked with icons like Louis Vuitton, Nike, and others.)
It starts with the NFT community
Art is all about the community. It’s about making something beautiful for the sake of making something beautiful. Artists need to support eachother on social media, NFT platforms, and discord. Social media can be a great way to connect with other artists who share the same interests as you, and sometimes people just want to talk about art in real time.
Participate in the NFT art community. It’s important that you support the artists that are around you, and that you actively participate in the community by searching for artists to follow and by commenting on their work. When you’re building a community around your art and brand, it’s crucial to comment on the artist feeds of other people. Artists are looking for interaction and they’ll engage with you if you interact with them first.
Don’t copy or steal
There are a lot of great artists out there who you should be looking to learn from and learn from their work. It’s important to never steal work or ideas from others, because it will only end in disaster. Granted there are a lot of topics that are trendy in the NFT community (Skulls, NEON, Cyberpunk, Erotic images). There are also common tropes around landscapes, trading cards, and others. Some overlap is inevitable, but try to do something unique. Use your individual style to create a new interpretation and create something beautiful.
Create Badass Work, and only share your best NFTs.
Never underestimate the power of a good image. Images are one of the most powerful ways to get people’s attention and they can help you stand out from your competitors. If you mail in your art creation it will show. If you put a lot of time and effort into an artwork, do yourself a favour and make sure you have the best quality print available.
The best way to improve your work is to practice and get better at it. The only way you can get better is to spend time practicing, and the only way you’re going to practice is if you have something to work towards.
Don’t be afraid to take risks. Someone who is in the artistic community said, “If you mail your art creation it will show.”
When you’re creating a piece of art, it’s important to add the extra polish to it. In other words, don’t try to rush your final piece.
When you’re developing your brand, get rid of all the bad work. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter about the quality of your work if you don’t want to put it out there. If you want to create an NFTart, you should think about the time it will take to create it. It’s important to always keep quality in mind when you’re creating art, whether it’s for the public or your personal collection.
Stick with it. Make engaging in the NFT community a habit
Nothing is going to happen overnight, you’re going to have ups and downs but stick with it. You can’t build social proof over night. The most important thing to understand about being an artist is that you’re not the only one who feels this way. You can find similar artists by joining communities online and then commenting on other artists’ work. It’s important to create a schedule for blogging and make sure you get at least 20 minutes to an hour every day on engaging with others.
When you’re focusing “in the business” (creating your art) you aren’t focusing “on the business” you need to spend time promoting yourself, learning from others, helping other artists, and being an ambassador for our amazing community.
At the end of the day, it’s about having a community, whether that’s a hobby or job. Art is about sharing with others and creating something from nothing. Social media is a great way to build your brand, as well as connect with other artists.