Telling your Story with your Artist Statement
I used to be one of those people who HATED writing anything that had to do with my art career. Not because I hated writing, I actually enjoy it.
The reason was because I thought things like Artist Statements and Bios had to be written because someone else tells us we HAVE to have these things in order to be successful. The other reason was because I had a story running in my mind that I didn’t need or want to tell my story to other people in order to be successful.
I hated writing my Artist Statement because someone else was telling me I HAD to do it, and I hate to be told what to do (constructive criticism is different, I'm open to criticism).
Now, I’m not telling you that you HAVE to write an artist statement. Whether you do or you don’t is totally on you.
But I am here to tell you that you shouldn’t write it because someone told you to, you should write it because it helps you tell your story.
If you’re an artist and you don’t feel like you have something you want to share or contribute, I’m going to call bullshit right now. EVERY human on the planet, Artist or not, has something to share and contribute that is unique to them.
If you’re scared, unsure of what your story is, that’s okay, I get it. I was scared and unsure for a long time too. But if you want to be a successful artist (which looks different for everyone) then you have to adapt with how our world works. And in adapting you can create ripples of change and touch so many people.
I want all artists and creative people to be successful because I truly believe that creativity and being creative is no longer going to be seen as something that you can’t become financially abundant in. I want us to be as prepared as we can for the uprising, because it is happening RIGHT NOW.
Get real, get gritty, go deep and share your story with the world. Now more than ever we need each and every voice, your voice matters. You're only on this physical plane for a short time, make it count!
Use your Artist Statement as a stepping-stone to share your work’s meaning.
Here are some things to get you started writing:
· Brainstorm some ideas about why you do what you do.
· Think about things like themes, technical aspects and your message.
· What is your subject matter?
· What are your influences and passions?
· Think of single words that resonate with your work.
Draft your outline, 2-3 paragraphs and between 150-200 words.
Take a break, come back to it the next day to do a self evaluation.
Get someone to peer edit.
Revise and complete.
I hope this quick outline will give you some inspiration.
If you want a detailed guide on writing your statement, add your email below and I’ll send you a FREE workbook to complete your artist Statement.