Want to Be a Successful Artist?

January 5, 2012


I work with artists just about every day of every week.  I see where and why people are either successful artists or not.  I can tell you that it really comes back to some simple fundamentals.  I know the advice I offer may seem overly simplistic but I can’t tell you how many times in a day I see what I’m talking about.  And really, if you can’t get the fundamental basics under your belt how far can you really get to where you want to go?  It’s like sitting in a perfectly good car but not stepping on the gas pedal.  If you don’t step on that gas pedal you’re not going to get very far, are you?  You’re just going to sit in this fine car thinking: wouldn’t it be great if this went somewhere? 
 So what do I see almost every day across the board that would be considered a fumble rather than a successful play?  Artists missing a deadline and still wanting consideration in spite of the fact that there are those that took that extra effort to be on time and meet that deadline.  Artists having everything but a critical piece of information, paperwork, a date, or a business card. When someone is interested in your work and you don’t have something to give them to remember you by or to contact you for follow up, how will that contact turn into a successful scenario for you?  Anyone ever read The Grasshopper and the Ants? 
Your success requires your commitment to work for it.  It’s that simple.  Once the commitment is made, everything else follows because it becomes a no brainer to have a business card, supply all requested information, meet that deadline you’re really interested in.  But commitment requires constant investment.  So what are you investing in today, this minute?  Tomorrow?  Next year?  If you aren’t investing in your success, who will?

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