Attend as many local events as possible.
Whether it be a music show, art gallery, pop-up shop, or party, try your best to make an appearance at as many gatherings held by the community you are looking to find an influence in. The art scene is all connected, there’s no true isolation of different art mediums. So, even if your artistry is visually exclusive, attending music events is still vital in connecting with the right people.
Be as social as you can.
It takes more than simply attending events to leave your mark. Talking to people and sharing thoughts and ideas is just as important. It may take a few appearances to feel comfortable coming out of your shell, but if there’s anything that I’ve learned about the art community in any city, people generally want to connect with new people just as much as you do- because that’s the point of art.
Be a friend before you try to collaborate.
No one likes that guy who shows up just to talk about his latest project and how cool it is. Artists want to collaborate with people that they know share a certain mindset with. Sure, compatible taste and a similar style is important, but collaboration is mostly about shared values and ideals held on a foundation of genuine friendship.
Dress to impress.
It’s obviously important to be comfortable and dress like yourself, but having a unique style will show people your personality and can help people remember you. Fashion is a huge part of every art scene and its subcategories. Look out for trends in your community and try to put your own spin on them. A mixture of trendy apparel and individuality is the key to sticking in people’s minds.
Understand exactly what you want out of a collaboration.
If you simply enjoy someone’s work yet have no direction for how yours could complement it, you’ll end up experiencing creative differences that can make things awkward. Have a set idea of what you believe will best mesh with your work. There will obviously have to be improvisation but plan as much as possible.
Don’t be flaky.
If you do commit to collaborating with someone, make sure to follow through with plans to meet up and deadlines for work completion. Don’t promise more than you can actually handle. It may feel right to ‘wow’ someone when first spitballing ideas, but be realistic with delegating your time. Inconsistency will lead people to trail off and veer away from wanting to work with you, and since the community is close-knit, others will find out that you’re not a good partner and avoid working with you in the future.
Be open to suggestions and new ideas.
Trying to completely control the creative process should be reserved for personal projects. The point of linking and building is to expand upon each other’s ideas and form something new that you can both agree on. When you put an idea out there, be clear that you won’t be hurt if they have an opposition. You should also feel comfortable being open with them about your alternate suggestions.
8.Download Spots to meet artists in your area and across the country.
Spots is a platform designed for artists to communicate and share ideas, events, and their work via public group chats and profiles. It’s location-based, which means that you can chat within your local scene while also having access to the community chats in other cities across the country. If you meet a fellow artist in a different city that you’d like to collab with, Spots also serves as a home-sharing platform, so you can find a cheap place to stay in order to properly link up! Use the app to discover models, photographers, painters, musicians, designers and so much more so you can grow your influence together.
9. Have fun with it!
If you find yourself stressing out about your project far more often than you feel fulfilled by it, you should probably change something. It’s not necessary to quit completely, but changing things up so that they feel more free-form and natural will help. Art is about free expression. So if you find yourself trying to create something with someone that you don’t truly feel passionately about, you may have to reconsider the project or possibly even your collaborator.