I created the Artist’s Contract sometime in 2013-2014.  I was looking for some way to keep myself accountable, and it seemed like my best option at the time.

I’m a little stunned to read it now, given my ADHD diagnosis.  Planning, prioritizing, and following through on goals are some of the casualties of having executive dysfunction issues.  It’s clear from this document that I was struggling with these problems, though I didn’t have the words or the knowledge to understand that at the time.

This would explain why my offer to share this with fellow artists was met with a blank stare.

“…what is this… supposed… to do…?”

Now I know.


If creating art was a day job, most artists would have been fired already.The Artist Contract is, simply, the terms of agreement for a sustainable, productive career as a professional artist.  The working conditions, the expected results, and a mini-code of conduct.  Just like you’d have at any other job.  Because, in the end, that’s what being a professional artist is.

Special thanks to Doc Waller for his assistance with the graphics, and his suggestions on expanding the scope to encompass artists of all kinds.

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