I have noticed that it seems as if the only people who ask me about my work, or talk to me about what I do, are other artists. I’m not entirely sure why. Could it be they don’t know what to ask? This started a whole conversation in my head about how to talk to an artist. What do you ask an artist about their work, hobby, or craft, when you can’t relate to what they do?
Here are a few questions that might kick-start that conversation for you:
- What’s happening with your art these days?
- Where do you think your creativity comes from?
- What are you working on currently that excites you?
- Are you inspired by anything new?
- What kind of art is unappealing to you?
- What art movement or artist would you say influences your work most?
- If their were one dead artist that you could hang out with for a day, who would that be?
- If there were a magic power you could use in your art making, what would it be?
- What are your thoughts on being an artist in today’s world?
- If we were going to talk about your art, where would you want to start?
The basic idea is to ask about their life as an artist, what inspires them, what they are working on, and anything that may engage their imagination. Stay away from questions that are about equating selling with success.
Opening the conversation with your artist friends will likely make them feel closer to you. Depending on who you’re talking to, you might find a reservoir of surprises. I hope you do.