Successful artists do not succeed alone.
Why? Here are seven reasons why you need a supportive community of like-minded artist friends and colleagues.
- It’s too damn hard and too lonely to make art and to build a creative enterprise. You need to be able to connect with like-minded independent artists to keep your focus and resolve.
- Often when artists get together, they are secretly or openly jealous and competitive with each other. The scarcity based art establishment fuels this negative vibe. But if you are creating clear value above and beyond your art, in service to your target market, there’s no need ever to compete with other artists.
- An artist’s life can be very isolating, and we are living in our heads a lot. When you work alone, it is even more critical to get constructive feedback from others who you can trust and relate.
- No one knows everything. But if you are part of a supportive and informed community, we can help each other by sharing resources and insights.
- We all make mistakes. But you can avoid many mistakes by sharing lessons learned with other independent artists.
- Creativity is a contact sport. Creatives always have and always will gain inspiration from one another through collaboration or simply sharing ideas.
- Last but not least, it is so much more fun to create an artistic enterprise with a group of supportive artists cheering you on rather than bring you down or trying to slug it out all on your own.
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. – Jim Rohn
So take a good long look at who you spend the most time with and ask yourself these three questions:
- What does the people I spend the most time with say about me?
- When you are with someone, do they give you energy or does spending time with them deplete your energy of leave you feeling flat?
- Do the people I spend time with encourage and support my artist aspiractions or do they make fun of them or disregard them?