Okay, so now you’re making meaningful connections with as many like-minded people as possible, and you’re counting EVERYTHING. How do you tie it all together? The question remains: how do you make this stuff pay the rent?
While the long answer will differ depending on what type of artist you are (performing, visual, digital, etc.), the short of it is the same for every artist out there: once you find out a) who’s interested, and b) what’s working, you find more of “a” and do more of “b”!
If you’re a painter who knows that South Koreans love your work, find yourself a South Korean living in your country who wants to help you get a show together in Seoul. If you find that people who love a moderately-more-famous-than-you composer also love your music, program a concert with both your music and hers; better yet, get in touch with her, start a conversation, and see what happens.
If all the counting you did revealed that a particular neighborhood or small city works really well for performances of your solo trombone improv, reappropriate a tool like CityMelt or use a resource like Ask Metafilter to find similar neighborhoods or cities.
Most importantly — don’t forget to keep counting! What appeared to be important may have been a fluke, so be sure you continue to compare your new numbers (whatever they may be) with your old numbers. This way, you can keep honing how you do business, and ultimately head down the path toward WORLD DOMINATION!