If you want security, be a banker. If you want the freedom to create, even if you know you might fail, be an artist. You might help those around you in the process.
As an artist, you have to be alone in your mind to create. There's an obvious social cost of being a creative professional. You have to shut people out to get work done. Cherish the silence of solitude.
Every amateur artist I’ve ever encountered has an unrealistic idea of their expected growth. If you’re getting frustrated about the learning curve ahead of you, just be patient and study. Study everything you can and enjoy the process.
Your fear of failure is holding you back. We’re hard-wired to seek success AND stay safe.
Get a job with good pay and a good retirement. Go to school and work to pay it off for the rest of your life. That sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it?
Nope. Society is a bitch, and that bitch wants you to go into debt.
Birds of a feather flock together. You are the company you keep. You become the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with… If you work through your influences and surround yourself with people who actually encourage your growth, you will grow as a person.
It’s simple advice that is difficult to implement.
Make creativity a part of your everyday life. Do your best to come up with creative solutions, and you’ll find that creative solutions start coming to you from everywhere. Here’s to a creative future for everyone.
Struggling with your weaknesses isn’t the path to success. Playing to your strengths is a better option. This system is what works for me.
These 2 exercises are WORK, and they require hard work. Doing the right work will help you reach the next level in your artistic skill and career that much faster. Don’t struggle through plateaus on your own, let the masters guide you.
I sat down with the young woman who I’ve started mentoring to discuss imposter syndrome. Why do artists and creatives feel like their work doesn’t have value?
Not too long ago I was a starving artist. Even when my family was living on nothing I found things to enjoy about my life. It was difficult, but always worth the effort. Live in the moment, because that’s all you have.