FOL­LOW YOUR HEART

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the works short­listed for the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery’s an­nual BP Por­trait Award, and will even make con­tact with the artists whose pieces caught her eye.

While Chao-lee started out with a de­gree in ar­chi­tec­ture, she even­tu­ally found a way to forge a ca­reer based on her main pas­sion. What ad­vice does she have for some­one in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion, hold­ing a pro­fes­sional de­gree but want­ing to pur­sue a ca­reer in the art field? “Know­ing about art his­tory is one thing and know­ing how to make a busi­ness out of it is an­other ball game al­to­gether,” she says. “What you like is not nec­es­sar­ily what will sell. But you can’t se­lect paint­ings based only on their prof­itabil­ity; that would be like sell­ing your soul in a way. It can be quite hard to draw a bal­ance. Talk to as many peo­ple from the in­dus­try as you can, to know more about the mar­ket. Run­ning an art gallery is a hard way to make money, but if you have a strong pas­sion for art, you will feel re­warded in dif­fer­ent ways.”

RUN­NING AND SUS­TAIN­ING AN ART GALLERY IS HARD BUT FUL­FILL­ING WORK, AC­CORD­ING TO CHAO- LEE

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