As most of you know, FUSION was a few weeks ago and the Foundation got a big boost from the show's popularity. I had spent some time with a bunch of kids prior to the show and they were able to produce over 100 little Mado's Artwork along with 4 collective pieces. Those items along with donations from the red carpet photo booth, helped bring in over $4,000 to the cause.
On September 14, I welcomed 800 guests at the Casino New Brunswick for the third annual Matt LeBlanc FUSION. If I can use one word to describe the sell out show, it would be MAGICAL!
I still can’t believe that my show is now taking place at the biggest and most modern venue available and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular shows of the region. It’s surreal to think that, a visual artist like myself can sellout his show in matter of days. It’s certainly a dream come true.
Is it better to strive for success as a self-representing artist or try to get your feet wet in the gallery world?
That is such a common question these days among artists. I truly believe that most artists will come to a cross road where they will have to decide on which route to take as it’s extremely hard to be successful in both worlds.
About six years ago, before starting my art career, I made sure to research the art market and ask myself that very same hard question. It was very apparent to me back then that the self-representing route was my true calling. After selling over 2,500 works worldwide and amassing a fan base of more then 25,000 fans in less than 6 years, I can definitely say that it was the best decision of my life. The past six years weren’t easy but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
I’m often asked why my work is not in galleries. For me it was really about being able to do my own things. I have nothing against galleries. I’m just a true entrepreneur at heart. I want to create my own strategies and my own marketing campaigns. I want to create my own destiny. I like to be my own boss.
I get almost daily emails from other artists asking for tips and strategies on how to be a successful self-representing artist. Before I get into a list of my top strategies to achieve success, you have to really ask yourself if your personality is right. Be really honest with yourself. Could you walk in a room full of business people and start at least four conversations? Can you sell yourself in 3-4 sentences by saying more then “I’m just an artist”? To be a self-representing artist, you have to be
a rocking entrepreneur.
Two recent projects with l’École Camille-Vautour of Saint-Antoine and the Dieppe Montessori School helped propel Mado’s Gift into the next level. The Foundation, which was only created about eight months ago, has now raised over $10,000. The focus of the Foundation is to raise funds to help children with cancer and other life threatening diseases.
In early May, I had the pleasure of hosting a evening in front of 225 parents, teachers, friends and family of grade 4 and 5 students from l’École Camille-Vautour. I spent many hours with the kids over the last year. We’ve created over 150 little Mado’s artworks and also painted a collective backdrop that became the focal point of the stage during the evening held at the Dieppe Art & Culture center.