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I like the way the author's approach of hard work, art, practice. Success is being made predictable.
Those are tips and tricks for Artists, but can be applied in other domains.
Also, we should consider ourselves as an artist, we're all artists anyway.
To my mother, Gerrie,
for showing me it’s never too late to find your bliss.
What’s so interesting is, as a kid, the notion of any tension between art and money simply didn’t exist. I loved to create. I worked to become decent at it. People paid me to do it. Simple as that.
But, for some reason, when you hit a certain age and a certain level of “seriousness,” and you start calling yourself an “artist,” making a living at it becomes a source of great controversy.
Maybe it comes from the ire of those who’ve not yet figured out how to make their calling their profession seeking to tear down those who have.
isa was anything but a “born artist.” In fact, she came to art later in life with very little formal training. Yet, in a matter of years, she built not only an astonishing body of work, but the ability to earn a very nice full-time income making art.
She makes art. All day. Every day.
Lisa wakes up and does what she loves. A lot of what she loves. So much that she’s become exceptional at it. And she makes a living doing it.
I made drawings and paintings at school, but art was not something I thought I was good at.
at the age of thirty-two, I picked up a paintbrush for the first time since the sixth grade.
I was looking for a distraction, so I signed up for a painting class.
I began a journey that I never could have imagined would lead me into the life I live today.
Prior to taking that art class, I had no idea what creative abilities were hidden inside me. And, for the record, talent didn’t exactly pour out of me instantly. Curiosity, determi- nation, and hard work played a huge role in my development.
I was moti- vated by something new: an intrinsic desire to create.
I had to make art like I had to breathe.
From this passion came a desire to expand my skills.
I practiced until my hand felt like it would fall off.
I realized there are a few clear paths and work habits that, used in some combination, can lead to consistent, paying, and satisfying work.
No matter how good you are at achieving your goals or making money, unless you are creating art and selling it in ways that resonate with your values and core aesthetic, you will likely be miserable as an artist.
“It might be possible for others, but is it possible for me?” The answer is a matter of determination.
of what has gotten me to where I am today are more basic things like curiosity, patience, risk-taking, and hard work.
while establishing yourself solidly in the art market might take time, the good news is that it is almost always the result of concrete action and not simple luck.
With effort and dedication, you’ll no doubt make your dream a reality.
Chapter 1: You are an artist
artists are some of the world’s most innovative thinkers.
seeing yourself as an artist can be transformational.
EMBRACING YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST
many artists experience a tension between wanting to make art their livelihood and believing it is possible.
the first few years of an artist’s career—being the new kid on the block—is actually a really magical and memorable time. So enjoy it.
Artists have access to marketplaces like Etsy and shopping platforms like Big Cartel to sell their work.
THE THRIVING ARTIST’S MIND-SET
Much of what separates successful artists from those who struggle is sim- ply their mind-set. Struggling artists often create obstacles in their minds by making erroneous assumptions about the way the world works.
Creating a flourishing art practice comes from passion, talent, and hard work. Promoting your work means that people will know what you do. And selling your work will support your livelihood and allow you to make even more art. This is the “thriving artist’s mind-set.”
Shifting Your Mind-Set
Starving Artist’s Mind-Set:
- “Focusing on how to make money from my art prevents me from making good work.”
- “Good art markets and sells itself; I shouldn’t have to actively promote my work.”
- “The only way to be successful as an artist is to get into a really good gallery.”
- “Having little money and suffering for my art will make me a better artist.”
Thriving Artist’s Mind-Set:
- “Putting effort toward making a living from my art allows me to do what I love.”
- “I proudly and actively share my art and talent with the world. Doing this helps my work to sell so I can make a living.”
- “There is no single ‘perfect’ way to be a successful artist. I will allow myself to explore and discover new creative avenues I might also enjoy.”
- “Making good work comes from passion, talent, and hard work.”
pay attention to the negative messages you tell yourself about what is possible and write them down.
Next, shift the messages by changing pessimistic statements to more positive ones.
Surround yourself with people, including other artists, who support your aspirations and dreams.
Understanding and appreciating your own unique perspective as an artist will contribute enormously to your motivation, work ethic, and sense of potential.