How to use your artistic talent to travel around the world?

How to use your artistic talent to travel around the world?

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If you are an artist and dream of going around the world and travel without setting a date for your return, but you don’t know how to save the necessary money, here you will find some ideas.  Perhaps your first mistake is to think that you need to have a wallet or savings account full of money to travel.  It is easy to always go to the image in which traveling means an expensive cruise, cocktails at the beach and malls to go shopping.  However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be like that.  In all the time I have spent searching for information about alternative ways to travel, I have learned that traveling can be cheaper than staying at home, and you can even generate money from the trip.  How to do that?  The ways are almost endless, but here are some ideas that you can use based on your talent.

  • If you love music and want to take it everywhere.  

Traveling while making music is the dream of many amateurs.  The good news is that you can!  Traveling with this gift is like having your own ATM!  Music is universal and it will always attract people.  Don’t waste your time thinking on how to make money before you go on a trip; just make money while you travel.

Globetrotter musicians have many possibilities that go far beyond than just playing the guitar in the tunnels of the subway or at parks.  You must dare to think out of the box.  There are many people who have had awesome journeys throughout different continents playing their music at parties, social events, weddings, and bars or coffee shops.  There are some others that don’t only play an instrument but also dance and have a show on their own.

  • If you have the talent to paint or transform spaces through art.  

You can contact people or organizations interested in having an artistic intervention on a wall or mural and get an invitation to visit them.  This invitation might save you some expenses as your contact person might sponsor your trip or provide you with the names of artists willing to have you over for a few days.  Additionally, it is even possible that you get paid for your art.  Let’s take Julien Malland, also known as Seth Globepainter, as an example.  He paints large murals on any building at any time.  His art has been described as often colorful and cheerful, and represents children playing.  Malland also collaborates with local artists; they use art to drive away any territorial war that may arise.  He has been painting all over the world since the 90s.  He is also an illustrator, graphic designer and publishing director, among other things.  You can find information about his experience in several books he has published.  The last one, called Extramuros, documents three years of painting in countries such as India, China, Mexico, Indonesia and Vietnam. This is inspiring, don’t you think?

Image courtesy of Edith Soto at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of Edith Soto at Flickr.com
  • If you are a craftsman and want to make the most of your creative soul.  

Do you know how to use your hands to create a piece of art?  Just do it and try to sell it!  Bracelets, necklaces, earrings, paintings, postcards, t-shirts, souvenirs and everything you can think of  Although this is not as popular in other continents, there have been thousands of travelers who have visited many places in Latin America producing and selling handicrafts.  Besides traveling, you will be learning how to use local materials to create, adapt and improve your designs.  You will have the chance to notice that everything you and other craft people produce is bought, sold or collected.  However, please bear in mind that the craftsmen who are doing really well are experienced and have innovative designs.  So if this is your passion and gift, don’t hesitate to follow your dream!

  • If you make people laugh easily; if you can be a mime for hours or play an instrument while you dance with a hula; if you can do magic, giant soap bubbles or if you have any other skill.

You can assemble your own street show.  But before, you need to know that this is not suitable for shy people, although it can be really entertaining, fun and give you a lot of satisfaction.  It is advisable that you check the law of the country where you are because street performances may be prohibited.  Good thing: you do not need a college degree; you just need to have a unique artistic talent.  Tearing guitar on the street is not going to call a crowd, but if you play the guitar divinely while dancing and playing the harmonica, then you might have a considerable audience.

Conclusion

Working as a street artist can be very rewarding, it depends on what you do and the area you choose to show your talent.  Always keep in mind that what sells is your ability to generate empathy and have people participate in your challenge.  Getting off the system makes you an art entrepreneur.  You could even make more money than with a regular job.  Do not close the door to this adventure, and be attentive to opportunities which sometimes have unexpected ways to show up.

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