I Am an Artist, Hear Me Roar
It's time to step into your creativity; fully, unafraid and with determination.
I am so passionate about being an Artist and a Creative Person and it is my hope that these words ignite you into action in whatever creative career you are in or starting.
You are an Entrepreneur.
If you are serious about being financially stable in your art/creative career, it is not enough to just create. Once you have decided to make it your career you have now become an entrepreneur; this means you are responsible for marketing, creating, administrating, negotiating, reaching out, getting uncomfortable, engaging with your audience, pricing your work, managing your time, setting goals, improving your speaking and communication skills, bookkeeping etc.
I don’t say this to scare you; I say it to excite and empower you. If you’re content with creating and working your day job, there is nothing wrong with that, but this blog isn’t for you.
This blog is for artists and creative entrepreneurs who want to be successful on their own terms, whatever that looks like for you, and to reach your full potential as an artist.
What success looks like to me isn’t going to be what it looks like for you. Or maybe you also want to be empowered and create everyday and live your most authentic life – because I know that’s what I want.
So here are some stepping stones to help you get started.
My absolute number one suggestion, before you do anything else, is work on Clarity of Vision.
WHY are you on this path? WHY do you create what you do? And by the way, “because it’s your passion”, cannot be the only answer. WHY is it your passion? Dig deep, write that mission statement, be HONEST with YOURSELF. What value do you bring to the table? What do you want to share with the world?
The goal isn’t to just be successful; it’s to feel FULFILLED.
Because you WILL go through challenges.
You WILL have to face your fears.
You WILL have to do things that take you out of your comfort zone.
There is no way around it; it is a part of the human experience. But if you feel fulfilled and grateful during those hard times, it’s going to make it a hell of a lot easier to get through.
There is no Get Rich Quick formula for creatives, there is only hard work, determination and a KNOWING that one day you will climb that mountain and reach the top.
There is a creative uprising happening right now
We have allowed ourselves to be excluded from the vision of success for too long. All Artists are capable of being successful, of living their lives above the poverty line, of doing their soul’s work and living that dream. Every single artist/creative is capable of this. Period.
To me, the "art world" is bullshit. It's a term we now use for an outdated and ridiculous way to buy and sell artwork. Artists and creatives, it's time we take our power back into our own hands, because WE DO have power. Our uprising is underway, are you ready for it?
Looking for some help on writing your Artist Statement, Bio or Curriculum Vitae? Check out the guides below!