Starving Artists: The type of artist that society interprets as artists in general. They have no support from anyone for help them pursue their art career, they produce their work while living on the street hoping that passers-by will buy their work so they can buy more food and heroin, and then they die of starvation before a big time arts professional notices them and gets their work auctioned off for a million dollars. Depressing isn’t it?
Emerging Artists: The young artist looking to pursue an art career. They are still in the learning process of growing their portfolio, learning about themselves as artists, getting their work critiqued by arts professionals, networking, showing their work in group and solo shows and adding those shows to their resumes, and making some sales and winning awards here and there. Art school students are emerging artists. Above all, they still have not been noticed but are working towards recognition.
Mid-Career Artists: The type of artist whose career is right around the corner from taking off. They are making money off their work but are still working a day job to fall back on.
Established Artists: The most successful type of artist. They have built a large audience, galleries everywhere represent them, the media recognizes them, and they have relationships with buyers and collectors and are making a living off their work and the whole nine yards. They have it all.