So you're an artist? If you are like me, that just sounds like the same old, "Oh its a hobby..." type deal to everyone you tell that to. With social media being so huge, and at the touch of everyone's fingertips, it's a tough row to hoe.
Don't get me wrong, social media has made some amazing strides for fellow artists and it has changed the way we can approach being an artist and can get our art "out there".
There is always someone as talented or more talented than you.
That is the way the cookie crumbles, as harsh as it may sound. Stop thinking because you are naturally talented that it will get you far. It does for many, but if you didn't know, art can be a taught talent. Art is so subjective that not everyone will like it. If you are not being consistent and practicing every day you can be so easily forgotten.
2. Just because your grandma and mom have bought your art doesn't make you an artist.
I may sound like I am being salty but like Paulo Coelho said- “Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile.” I know some people want the best for us, especially family. I would suggest taking your art somewhere where you don't know a soul. As scary as it may be, constructive criticism can be very rewarding. Now I'm not saying that just because your family is the only one supporting you, that it doesn't make you an artist. I am saying that you need to ask several people to tell you the truth about the art, what are they drawn to, what don't they like? Sometimes our biggest critics push us to do great things.
3. No one and I mean no one will give you an "opportunity"!
YOU are the one who is going to give yourself opportunities. Yes, you might find that one person that can give you your big break, but guess what? You are the one who met that person, you are the one you who made the great art that they love. You are the only one who can open your own doors. No one can do it for you.
4. Being an artist is such a tough job.
"The starving artist", I have never seen a truer statement. It's a tough industry! There are paintings that have one literal paintbrush stroke that can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, while the piece that took you 60 hours and is a masterpiece might get one glance. I will never understand it, and I'm not putting those artists down, I just simply don't understand the whole "modern" or "abstract" world, but that's okay. Keep pushing, keep making your artwork, get better at what you are good at.
5. Just because you are already great doesn't mean you stop there.
I'll be the first to admit that I have an enormous amount to get to where I am great. For those talented few that can make some paintings look so real, or the ones who can paint 3 pieces in a day. How do you think they got there? They practiced! Practice will always be the number one decipher between okay and greatness. It might take others longer to practice than it does someone else but hey, you got this!
These aren't rules to live by. Just something to think about, or when you're feeling down to skim over and realize that there are thousands of artists like you, trying to make a living off of something they love doing.
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