5 Things They Don't Tell Us Artists

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".

  1. 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 p