I think the best thing to do is call yourself something else and just let others call you an artist. Plus, the word is so common that it means a lot of things. You should ask yourself what kind of artist do you consider yourself to be. I like to call myself design, graphic artist or occasionally a graphic designer. Don’t just call yourself an artist; let others interpret us as that. Artists calling themselves anything but “artist” can feel much better about what they do and about life in general.
When someone asks you what do you do a good thing to say is something like “I’m business entrepreneuring with my graphic arts business” or “I’m starting an art and design business.” It makes you look more like a well-respected member of society and more like a businessperson rather than an artist. After all, art is a business, which I’ll be talking about in one of my other blogs for this week.