Everything I Know About the Art Business I Learned While Being a Delivery Boy
As a young boy, one of my first summer jobs was being a delivery boy for a small local meat market.
The meat market was located in Bay Head, New Jersey. By Head is a summer resort, on the New
Jersey shore. It was a seasonal job that ran from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend. But to me it
was the most important job that there was, since it was my first real job!
What I learned about business from that small little job is important as it became the basis for how I
conducted myself in business and especially the art business for the rest of my life.
Whether you want to believe it or not, an artist is a small business. In order to be successful, an artist
needs to think, act and conduct their “art business” in a professional and business like manner. Here
are some valuable lessons that any artist can benefit from my experience as a delivery boy:
Show Up – The meat market needed me there for morning deliveries and afternoon deliveries.
There were to be no excuses, like it was a nice beach day or that I had something else to do. They
needed me and expected me to be there and on time, to make my deliveries. Why is that? It is
because their clients expected their meat and groceries to be delivered at certain times, no excuses.
As an artist, when you are told that you are needed at a certain time, a piece of art needs to be
delivered by a certain date or that an appointment will be at “such and such” time, you need to be
there. Sometimes artists seem to be in their own world and some artists are inclined to be on their
own time, as if nothing else exists. This is not a good trait to have. Return that telephone call when
you promised that you would do. Show up at that appointment on time. Be available and on time
when you said that you would. It is a common courtesy and the other person’s time is valuable to
Shut Up – When you do show up, shut up. No one wants to hear of your