PK 166: How to Promote Your Art on Instagram. Interview With Mixed Media Artist and Illustrator, Donna Adi.

Want to know how to promote your art on Instagram to gain followers and attract the attention of the kind of clients you want to work with?

In this week’s interview, we talk to Donna Adi, a mixed media illustrator from Los Angeles. After working in the fashion industry for several years, she felt the urge to combine her love of fashion photography with illustration and animation and develop her own style of art.

And, since posting her work online since January 2017, she’s seen her audience on Instagram grow to a huge 75.8K followers, with clothing designers and many more clients approaching her for her fun images, which bring an animated twist to photos of people in various situations.

So, what motivates her to make art? And how did she overcome self-doubt and all the other hurdles faced by artists to carve out an exciting career doing what she loves?

You’ll find out in this week’s podcast…

How to Promote Your Art on Instagram – Donna Adi’s Story


“Even if you don’t know what you want to do, just keep doing, keep trying, keep learning. Listen to yourself, listen to your heart, listen to what you love…and eventually the pieces will come together.” ~ Donna Adi.

Key Takeaways From This Interview:

  • Why liking what you do…and loving what you do are two different things
  • Why the moment when you discover what you really love doing is the moment when things start changing for you as an artist
  • How to stay focused on your art – even when others don’t take your dream seriously
  • Why copying the work of artists you admire can often be a great place to start
  • Why you should make today the day you start following your true passion
  • How to find your own voice as an artist – even if you’re just starting out
  • Why inspiring others with your art can help fuel your own creativity
  • How to promote your art on Instagram and other online channels

We hope this week’s interview with Donna Adi helps you learn more about how to promote your art on Instagram and start earning a living from doing what you really love.

Got any social media or promotional tips of your own to share? Let us know about them in the comments box below!

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6 Responses to “PK 166: How to Promote Your Art on Instagram. Interview With Mixed Media Artist and Illustrator, Donna Adi.”

  1. Christine Richers

    I haven’t taken advantage of any of the classes or podcasts because there haven’t been any of interest to me yet.

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      Chris Davies

      Hi Christine and thanks for your feedback. I’m sorry to hear none of our podcasts or tutorials have grabbed your attention yet – can I ask what you’d like to see instead?

  2. Peggy Durant

    Another inspiring podcast. Thank you so much Mitch for all you do. We are listening, so keep posting! 😀

  3. Leith

    Great interview!
    Donna reminded me to stay focussed and keep believing in what I do. Came at a good time.
    I too find it hard to get traction on Instagram but am finding some like minded creatives out there who inspire me every day.
    Would love to find some of the work Donna is involved with.. sounds exciting and challenging.
    Anyway keep up the great work guys, love the podcast and now the website.. cool…

    Miles of smiles,
    Leith in Oz (Australia)

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      Chris Davies

      Hi Leith and thanks so much for getting in touch. I’m really glad Donna’s interview inspired you and I wish you all the best with your art career. We’re always on hand to help, so feel free to drop us a line anytime 🙂

  4. Tatiana

    Hi! There was no info related to the topic of promoting your art. That’s great to be patinate about your career, but that’s not a very helpful advice for online marketing. I think that was a podcast about promoting Donna Adi, her Instagram and her store on your podcast. I basically listened to an ad for 40 minutes. That was a waste of my time and I want you to know that you doing something wrong.


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