Raheem Nelson

Fame, Fortune and Image

Welcome to my blog! In this post I discuss ideas on pursuing fame as an artist and what that means in today’s society.


I had a conversation a few weeks back on what it means to be famous in 2014 compared to how it used to be. There are countless people that have become famous for being famous. YouTube and Reality TV stars come to mind. It seems like just anyone can get famous whether they have actual talent or not.

I can’t deny that fame and fortune are things I desire as an artist but I don’t let that rule me. First and foremost I want to create amazing art that supports me but it would be nice to be recognized for it too. The Internet is great for artist exposure but the flip side of it is that everyone has the same idea. The question becomes how do you stand out?

Aside from the iPad my niche is that I teach art techniques to my audience. Also, knowing how to market myself and conduct business has been paramount. I know artists personally that would rather create art and let someone else market it. There’s nothing wrong with that. I just prefer to wear both hats. My business cards reflect this and so does the way I dress. Not only do I enjoy wearing suits but I understand how powerful they are.

My art combined with how I present myself has opened more doors than I ever thought possible. At the end of the day I am a brand and I’m building an iconic image for myself. With a little luck and a lot of networking I know I’ll achieve my goals.

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