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A Letter to the young, the (less than) bold, and the creative.

April 14, 2014

Letter to the young, the (less-than) bold, and the creative.. by artist Emily Jeffords &  BeautifulHelloBlog.com

 

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.

What is your passion? What are you willing to suffer for?  BeautifulHelloBlog.com

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.
Life as an artist: BeautifulHelloBlog.com

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.

So be sure to check back to learn all sort of goodness and to meet other totally inspiring artists and creative pros.

You don't have to see the finish line.  You are creating your own lines as you go.

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2014 9:24 am

    I can’t wait to read this series :)

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  2. April 14, 2014 10:02 am

    What perfect timing! I’m one of those (new, so new!) artists you’re addressing, and so admire your work and the way you share it. I really enjoyed and took to heart your previous post about artists on Instagram, and I cannot wait to hear your thoughts and advice on these topics!

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  3. April 14, 2014 11:15 am

    This looks good! Looking forward to the series.

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  4. April 14, 2014 11:39 am

    Thank you thank you. The first sensation in my head every morning is doubt. To come upon your post shortly after is a huge comfort. Looking forward to more words of wisdom.

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  5. April 14, 2014 11:51 am

    Beautiful (and so accurate) sentiment that many new and aspiring creatives need to hear. Things I wish I knew years ago too.

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  6. April 14, 2014 3:01 pm

    Reblogged this on abby St. bruno.

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  7. April 14, 2014 7:19 pm

    This is really lovely, and a great reminder for creatives young or old.

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  8. April 14, 2014 10:08 pm

    Reblogged this on frijasroxanne.

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    April 15, 2014 1:05 am

    I love this inspirational approach!

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    April 15, 2014 1:06 am

    Reblogged this on lgranad1 and commented:
    A Great Reminder for the Creative Being

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  11. April 15, 2014 8:09 am

    I LOVE this. thank you!

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  12. April 15, 2014 1:49 pm

    Reblogged this on pretty simple. and commented:
    This is exactly what I needed today.

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  13. April 16, 2014 4:24 am

    thank you so much for this. waiting to read the series. i must be the newest blogger here :) and this is perfect timing.

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  14. April 16, 2014 11:23 am

    What a great series! I need these reminders and new ideas as I pursue my art while fully immersed in being a new mom.

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  15. April 17, 2014 1:32 am

    “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.” – Very true words

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  16. May 2, 2014 11:37 am

    Reblogged this on chronicles of a ginger and commented:
    Some great inspiration!

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