017: Making Connections in the Art World with Michael Roderick

with host artist Miriam Schulman

Today,  I’m chatting with Michael Roderick, an expert in how to build your network whether that means meeting more artists, gallery directors, members of the press, interior decorators, or social media influencers. Michael helps thoughtful givers become thought leaders through the same methodology he used to go from being a high school English teacher to a Broadway producer in just under two years.


In this podcast, you will discover…

  • The four myths of success so you can figure out which mindset is holding you back
  • What the TCM index is and how it can help you sell more art  or find more time to create it.
  • What is the difference between networkers and connectors and which one you want to be
  • You’ll also discover  the best way to communicate and also apps that will help you do that (hint: it’s not Facebook messenger)

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About Michael

Michael Roderick is the founder of Small Pond Enterprises, a company that works at the intersection of relationship building and thought leadership. He helps thoughtful givers become thought leaders through the same methodology he used to go from being a high school English teacher to a Broadway producer in under two years. He is also the founder of ConnectorCon as well as the host of the podcast Access to Anyone.

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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Listener Shout Out of the Week!

“I love all your podcasts. This episode reminded me to get back to journaling. My life has been a crazy rollercoaster ride for the past few months with little or no time to create or let go. I have not been journaling at all either. After listening to today’s podcast, I am reminded how much journaling has helped me for years. Thank you so much Miriam for all the hard work and dedication you put into these podcasts every week. Each episode is priceless.”


1 thought on “017: Making Connections in the Art World with Michael Roderick”

  1. Miriam, Michael,
    This podcast was eye-opening for me. The four myths of success were really compelling. I recently participated in a local Studio Tour believing that it would be an amazing success to my art career. (Myth of Deus Ex Machina). I did the work and found that while I was thrilled to see friends come by for support, sales were disappointing. After listening to this podcast, I realized that I was falling prey to the Myth of Deus Ex Machina, that this Studio Tour would be the holy grail. It was a great event, but I had expectations that were way beyond what it was designed to provide. Thanks for the lesson. I now understand that the work is about building relationships with the local community. Miriam, you gave some great examples of how you do this. Thank you for this compelling podcast series, it’s a real service to the art community.


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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

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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