Last week I offered a quiz on seven things that successful artists do.
How did you score?
Here’s the rest of the quiz. Take it now.
The truth will set you free.
8. Are you an artist with a strong sense of self?
Artists often remark “I believe in my art.”
That’s nice, but your success hinges on your belief and trust in yourself.
I don’t know what it means to believe in your art. It’s a catchphrase that’s tossed around and repeated by artists.
What matters is believing in yourself because your art is a reflection of you.
9. Are you an artist who is eager to continually learn new things?
Making art and making money is a constant learning exercise.
The art, craft, and photography marketplace is an ever-changing landscape.
Conversely, believing that you have to know everything to succeed will leave you feeling overwhelmed.
You just have to be open to learning and failing as you build your business one step at a time.
Hint: Every successful artist started with zero sales.
10. Are you an artist who embraces technology?
Technology is always evolving so you must be ready and willing to learn.
It’s your attitude about technology that matters. You can figure it out or find someone who has.
Popular technology is designed to be user-friendly. Every successful artist today is embracing technology on some level via their
- search engines
- electronic payment systems
- Adobe tools
- email clients
- favorite blogs, like the one you are reading now 😉
11. Are you an artist who sees marketing as a creative opportunity?
If you want to be a successful artist but the word “marketing” makes you cringe you’re in trouble.
The good news is that honesty is the best marketing strategy and it is an opportunity for some of the best creative expression.
I LOVE marketing and love to teach it to artists.
12. Are you an artist who is willing to speak to strangers?
Revenue equals relationships, meaning that you have to initiate conversations with a lot of people you don’t know.
You don’t have to connect to everyone, but you do have to be open, even if you’re shy.
13. Are you an artist who has clear and healthy boundaries?
Artists are often generous by nature, and they want to be liked and accepted. Who doesn’t?
But if you are also an artist who is conflicted about charging money for what gives you joy to create, you have a two fold recipe for blurry and unhealthy boundaries and people will try to take advantage of you.
Selling art is a business.
If you are selling your art then you are running a business.
Artistic enterprises thrive within clear and healthy boundaries.
14. Are you an artist who embraces the magical power of not giving a flying fu$K?
It’s exhausting and stupefying to care about every detail, every opinion, every remark.
Many artists are plagued by perfectionism.
I know. I’m a recovering perfectionist. What helped me was to realize the perfectionism is completely inefficient, never mind impossible.
Successful artists focus on their priorities and they pick their battles.
How did you do on this week’s quiz?
If you scored low don’t feel bad.
“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” – Maya Angelou
Share what you have learned below.