Sign in
Download Opera News App

 

 

Give up the following things if you want to be a successful artist

Give up making excuses

You must show up if you want to be a successful artist. You must put in the effort. 

If you're like most artists, you've undoubtedly told yourself something along the lines of, "I can't go to the studio today because I'm too busy/ too heartbroken/ my family needs me too much/ [insert any excuse here]." 

What's more, you know what? It feels fantastic to be able to do so. It feels right and reasonable, as if you're making the best decision for yourself. 

However, according to artist Suzie Baker, this is about "our FEAR disguised as Resistance; that thing, or idea, or busywork, or Netflix, or self-doubt, or procrastination, or rejection, that keeps us from showing up and doing our art."


Give up feeling selfish


Everyone makes a difference in the world in their own unique way. 

We need doctors, attorneys, and teachers, but we also need artists, craftsmen, and creatives to keep our world interesting, dynamic, and delightful to live in. 

Your task is to figure out who you are at your core and then go out and execute it. 

Artists frequently feel guilty for not working a "real" job and for not contributing more to the family's finances. They either feel bad while they are away from their family in the studio or when they are not working in the studio. 

Guilt, on the other hand, is an unproductive emotion. If you're feeling down, remind yourself that your work is valuable and necessary -it is what makes you whole and able to contribute more fully to your family when you are there.

Give up the not enough mind frame 


Successful artists don't think in terms of "not enough." There is never enough time, money, confidence, or whatever it is that you need at the time to make or do what you need to do to be a successful artist. 

Crista Cloutier, art mentor and creator of The Working Artist, says, "They all hint to an underlying dread of not being enough." “Once you've dealt with that underlying concern, the rest of the problems will fall into place.”

Give up working all the times

Sure, even if you don't want to perform the work, you must show up at the studio. However, you must know when to leave and when to take time to care for your body, health, and mental and social well-being. 

If you don't invest in your body and mind, you won't be able to produce your finest work. 

Both of these have been sacrificed by artists in the name of their craft. However, in order to create your art, you must use your body on the most basic level. Successful artists understand that success is a marathon, not a sprint, and that maintaining your health is essential to staying in the game.

Make time in your schedule to stretch, exercise, go for walks, cook healthy meals and have conversations with your peers, family, and friends


Give up your need for praise 


You may wish for universal acclaim for your work, but that is unlikely. In fact, it's preferable that your work isn't liked by everyone. 

“Putting yourself out there, especially when your work is so personal, and then letting the world to observe, assess, and critique it is incredibly scary,” says artist Seren Moran. 

Self-doubt is inevitable, but knowing that not everyone will like your technique or subject is liberating. It indicates that you're on to something unique and interesting. 

It is not your responsibility as an artist to sell the most mass-produced canvases at Target. It's your job to say something and make contact with someone.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in social media praise and the rush of a lot of “likes” on a piece you have posted online. But, successful artists know that their growth comes from within and not from external praise

Content created and supplied by: RefilweSylvester (via Opera News )

COMMENTS

Load app to read more comments