Cory Huff is an actor and storyteller who also has a career in Internet marketing. He discovered search engine marketing in social media in 2004 and since then has worked on marketing and software programs for some of the world’s biggest companies. He started his business The Abundant Artist in 2009 as a way of teaching Internet marketing to his artist friends who were asking him for help. He’s helped dozens of artists since, and some of his artist friends and clients have gone on to sell their work for $20,000 or more. In 2014, Cory moved to France for 9 months and was able to grow his online business and advance his goal of helping 1,000 artists create a full time income so they can use their talents to change the world. In November of 2014 he was offered a book deal. He has since moved back to the United States and lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife. Cory joins Charlie on the show to talk about how he teaches artists to be empowered to take charge of their own art business, as well as many other topics.
01:58 – Cory is pretty open about the fact that he grew up in a poor family, and he was the first person in his family to go to college.
05:45 – The Abundant Artist was originally something Cory started as a side project.
07:16 – Shortly after moving to Portland, Cory got a job working on the sales floor for a search engine marketing company but was also a performer and hung out with artists in his spare time.
11:31 – Cory has always done acting on the side.
12:40 – Corey built his business as a way of creating a flexible lifestyle for himself so that he could do the art that he wanted to make.
14:10 – The two biggest problems that most artists have are fear and lack of information.
17:38 – There’s in general not a sharing of knowledge among the fine art community on how to make an art career work.
22:06 – There has never been a better time to be an artist than right now.
32:56 – Cory’s mantra for the last couple of years has been “fail harder.”
Mentioned In This Episode:
The Abundant Artist
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Rhode Island School of Design
The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop”
Wieden and Kennedy