013: Selling Art As An Entrepreneur – James Richards & Tim Smith

James Richards and Tim Smith Interviewed on The Expat Money Show

In this episode of The Expat Money Show, we do something a little different…

I wanted to show how working together with a partner and being able to leverage each other’s strengths can lead to success.

We take a look at the creative side matched with the business side and how splitting roles allows you to focus on “That one thing” that really makes you shine.



We are joined by James Richards and Tim Smith.

I first met James Richards through a mutual entrepreneurial friend, Michael Chiang (From Episode #11 where he teaches us to create an app from scratch)

James invited me for a private screening of Tim’s work at his downtown penthouse apartment in Manhatten. I was struck how raw and uncensored the work was.

Through many (often inebriated) discussions with James and others, I learned a lot about the underground art scene in New York and the entrepreneurial spirit that runs through it.

This was a really interesting episode to create and I hope you get as much out of it as I did…


In this episode you are going to learn:

From the business side:

  • Tips for curating your own collection as an investment
  • Learning from your mistakes
  • Why having a personal network is so paramount


From the creative side:

  • What’s hot in the art scene today
  • Even artists need mentors
  • How to be honest with yourself
  • Why you need to always look forward


Check out the guy’s amazing work at:

Tim Smiths work currently on display at Avra Art Gallery: https://avraart.com/

Website: https://www.theartworkoftimsmith.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/timsmithart/?hl=en

Their VR exhibition: https://www.eazel.net/


Special shout out Tim’s amazing art mentor, Mike Bell:

Website: http://www.belldogstudio.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikebelldog/?hl=en


Books we discuss:

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way Paperback by Steven Pressfield

Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work by Steven Pressfield

Principles: Life and Work Hardcover by Ray Dalio

Market Wizards, Updated: Interviews With Top Traders Paperback by Jack D. Schwager

Outliers: The Story of Success Paperback by Malcolm Gladwell

Startupland: How Three Guys Risked Everything to Turn an Idea into a Global Business by Mikkel Svane and Carlye Adler


Final Thoughts

I loved this episode because after listening you can see that an artist really is an entrepreneur. It doesn’t matter if you are opening a restaurant and selling food or if you are putting oil on canvas, at the end of the day you are creating something, and really it’s the mindset that sets you apart.


About The Host, Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup; the host of The Expat Money Show, has 20+ years in continual travel around the world, visiting more than 100 countries including Colombia, North Korea, Zimbabwe and Iran.

His goal now is to help Expats just like you to generate additional streams of income, eliminate your tax bill, and take advantage of offshore structures so you can travel the world freely and never have to worry about money again.

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