How can an artist be successful?
Let’s start by eliminating the seven ways that artists commonly hold themselves back.
Based on almost a dozen years of experience of helping independent artists sell their art without feeling like sell-outs, I can tell you there are seven key questions that you should ask yourself.
1. Have you still not set clear, specific, and meaningful goals?
What do you want in your life?
None of us our getting out of here alive so turn your “dream” of becoming a successful artist into a “plan.”
Define clearly what success looks like for you. Do it now.
2. Do you really think that you can be successful without a written plan to sell your, one that you are confident in?
Is it current?
When was the last time you looked at your plan to guide your decisions and schedule?
A plan to sell art without a plan to sell no art.
3. Do you believe that becoming a successful artist has to be hard or nearly impossible?
Your life is the story that you are telling yourself.
With the help of the internet it’s easier than ever before.
Here’s how I wrote my first SMART goal,
I am so happy and grateful now that I have sold over $100,000 in 2005, with ease.
Those last two words are incredibly important.
It wasn’t always easy going during my first year as a full-time artist but because of my written intention, there were many times when it was a breeze.
4. Are you trying to figure out how to be successful, all by yourself?
You won’t succeed alone.
And why would you make this pursuit so hard and lonely?
Particularly when you can get help from people who have accomplished what you want to achieve and who can save you time, money, and frustration?
5. Do you have an unsupportive network?
Who are the five people who you spend the most time?
Write down their names. Do it now.
- Do they support your desire to succeed as an artist?
- Do they criticize you?
- Do they belittle your desire?
- Are they jealous of you when you do succeed?
- Do they compete with you?
6. Do you have perfectionistic tendencies?
- kills your creativity
- annihilates your self-confidence
- torques your ability to focus because you are hyper focused on things that just don’t matter
7. Do you think that all you have to do is create a new great body of work and then maybe that will sell?
Wrong. Many artists don’t want to enroll in The MAKING Art Making MONEY Semester because they think that they need to have a current and cohesive body of artwork.
Would you build a series of product prototypes and then attend business school? No.
What if you answered “yes” to any of the questions above?
Then you’re going to see obstacles instead of opportunities that you could be acting upon.
Do your future self a big fat favor and write down your honest answers to the seven questions listed above.
Share below. The truth will set you free.