A Letter to the young, the (less than) bold, and the creative.
Dear young creative,
You are incredible. It’s true, everyone is incredible, but you are different, you set yourself apart from the rest. You are creative. You know how to think outside the box. You are inventive, thoughtful, and expressive in ways that make others take note.
But you’re scared. And you know what? that’s ok. Your fear keeps you safe and tells you where your boundaries are. But push them. Push yourself. Grow.
The beautiful thing about being a professional artist (and when I say “artist” I mean almost all creative fields) is that you don’t have to see the finish line. You are creating your own lines as you go. You are free to shift, move, grown, slowdown, change, and evolve as needed. It’s liberating to know that as you follow your passion you can define your own success.
Remember to play to your strengths. Where do you excel? What is your passion? What skills do you posses that will set you up for success?
What are you willing to suffer for?
Please remove from your mind that life as an artist or creative is easy. Producing work of value, putting yourself out there consistently, and satisfying your own standards for excellence will be exhausting and will take more energy than you may imagine – but it will also satisfy and excite you like you would not believe. It will add life to your days and will give you a beautiful and powerful voice.
If you are truly an artist, the work and the hardship will be worth it 100 times over.
I get emails at least twice a week from new or young artist, asking how I got where I am and what they can do to grow. These are the first steps. These are mental shifts I wish I had made 10 years ago.
Over the next three days we are going to delve into setting yourself up for success as an artist. It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be challenging, and most of all, I hope it’s going to be immensely helpful.
- Define who you are and what you create: branding
- Sharing your vision boldly & beautifully: marketing
- Opening yourself up to growth
So be sure to check back to learn all sort of goodness and to meet other totally inspiring artists and creative pros.