011: Art Business Q&A with Maria Brophy

with host artist Miriam Schulman

Today,  we’re doing a “free coaching” segment which we sometimes do here on the Inspiration Place podcast and I’ve invited consultant and artist agent, Maria Brophy to help me.

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In this podcast, you will discover…

  • Which is more profitable– selling in person or online
  • How to brainstorm unique angles for your next press release
  • AND The best ways to build your email list

I also wanted to tell you about today’s freebie offer. If you’ve been wondering how to skyrocket your success as a professional artist, step-by-step and Ready to start investing in your art career, You’re in the right place. I’ve done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too. My specialty is on making the tech simple, attracting high end portrait commissions, building your social media following, email marketing and online classes.

I only coach a few select clients at a time and it’s by application only. If you want to apply for a complimentary 15 minute session with me to see if working with me is the right fit for you —- go to http://www.schulmanart.com/apply

Links Mentioned

Art, Money, Success by Maria Brophy

> Find it on Amazon


About Maria

Maria Brophy is author of ART, MONEY & SUCCESS, a book that guides artists to earn a living with their art. Maria has created a lifestyle of selling art and traveling the world for nearly twenty years. Her expertise is on art marketing, sales and licensing. She acts as agent to her artist husband, Drew Brophy, and also consults other artists on the business of art.



About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and M.I.T, I initially pursued finance but after witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and my story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. My forthcoming book with HarperCollins Leadership on how to make it as an artist is scheduled to be released January 31, 2023. When I’m not in the studio, you can find me hanging out with my husband, adult kids, and a tuxedo cat named Ebony. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies



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“Wow! There is a LOT of info here. I think I’ll need to listen several times to really absorb it all. There is a lot that I don’t really understand about Instagram, social media, stories, etc. So I love that I can replay and replay as often as I want! Thank you both for such an interesting and informative talk.”

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5 thoughts on “011: Art Business Q&A with Maria Brophy”

  1. The rigid teaching that is sometimes seen in schools hurts the creative thinking of all ages. I think it is quite common for children to get more self conscious with age. At 5 my youngest grandson would sing his favorite gospel song for just about any one. He took violin lessons for a bit and would show anyone who was visiting how he played (trouble was that was most to the practicing he would do). His aunt was the one who took him for lessons, he had a break when starting Kindergarten and his parents didn’t do enough to encourage him to continue (maybe sometime). I never hear him sing now he is 7.

  2. Hi Miriam,
    Thank you for the podcast featuring Maria Brophy. I have her book, but hearing her voice and your interchange of ideas with her was super inspiring. You gave me an idea for marketing my work. I’ve been doing house portraits in our little historic community and giving them to their owners for free (yes, I’ve gotten a few commissions from that). Many of the houses in our neighborhood, have a story and years ago one of our residents (Mike Parker) wrote a book about each house and its past. He’s a friend, and with his permission, I’m going to find a few of the best stories of certain homes here, paint the house portrait to go along with it and then present it to our local Annapolis magazine. What do you think?

  3. Wonderful information and practical real life ideas of what to do next for getting my Art out there. Thanks Maria & Miriam!

  4. Hi Miriam, I’m a new member of the Inspiration Place and this was the first podcast I’ve listened to. I loved it.
    I was a small business owner years ago and had trouble keeping up with emails, posting online and trying to find time to paint. So I agree. No you can’t do it all yourself.
    I think it would have been beneficial if I had used a program to handle my website as well as emails.
    Also In my opinion, I think it’s more profitable to sell in person, not just selling online.
    Not only do you get to meet other artists, you also get to see what others are doing and get new ideas as well.

  5. I have an Exhibit coming up in February 2019. I have questions on signing my Acrylic Art Pours. Hopefully I can ask this question. Can’t wait!


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I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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