Experienced and not so experienced artists alike often ask: where do I start to build success as an artist? I hear it all the time, “I’m not sure where to start. I need a plan to help me focus.”
You have to start with yourself and where you are today. And be clear about what you want to create.
First of all let’s define success. Are we talking about making art that you are proud of, that inspires, and earning money from it? Yes? Then you are not just an artist, you’re an entrepreneur. That’s right!
Own it, even if feels audacious. “I’m an artist and an entrepreneur.” Yes. These two words do belong in the same sentence.
Now understand that you, and you alone, are responsible for your success and your failures. Really. I mean take complete responsibility. When you do that, you’re empowered. It’s not simply a matter of being discovered or getting the right exposure. Why wait and hope for that?
And with this premise the next step is to just be honest and evaluate yourself and your present circumstances.
What are you strengths?
Do you have talent? Do you really have talent? Do you need more training?
Do you possess the business and marketing skills, the qualities, and the drive of an entrepreneur?
Have you taken the time to define your goals?
Do you have a written plan that you are confident about?
Do you manage your time and your energy effectively? Why not? Time is a limited resource, obviously more limited than money. Managing priorities provides the keys to the kingdom of productivity.
Be honest. This is tough stuff. But the truth will set you free.
If you’re an artist. Proclaim it. Own it. I’m a successful artist!
So get real, start with yourself, where you are right now, today. Can you do this with a balanced perspective? Do you need some help with this? Successful people don’t do it alone. Note all of the people thanked when an artist wins an Emmy or a Grammy.
Ask yourself. Where am I right now? Then be bold and ask. Where do I really want to go?