One of the great ironies of being a creative person is there is often no shortage of ideas or projects to do – but there is almost always no clear method of actually producing the art, no action plan. So, your wonderful ideas, spin, sit gathering dust and often wither and fade away. The infamous “wing-it-and-fling-it” approach leads to creative chaos and piles of unfinished projects. Winging it, with your art and hoping it forms into your great work is a disservice to you, to your creative gift and to those who need to receive your joy.
There is nothing wrong with pursuing art as a hobby or as an introduction to another career AND it’s okay to make money with your art – you’re not selling out!
If you make money from your art, jump for joy, because you are one out of thousands who has taken your art seriously. If you’re not making money – or enough money – with your art I’ll bet it’s not because of a lack of talent or skill, more likely it’s the lack of knowledge, training or confidence – or the “I DON’T WANT TO SELL” mantra – that keeps you from connecting the dots to bring your art to paying customers and build a following for your art. Or it could be very simple: Perhaps, a lack of discipline (A swift kick might help that).
When you look at an artist you admire, that you feel is successful, there is a good chance that the reason they are successful is because they are prolific. They have a plan for action and are consistently producing work and taking action toward their business goal. The discipline to create consistently is one of the key reasons for success.
Think of your reasons for why an artist you admire is successful. Why are they successful to you? Are they in the news? selling lots of art? living on a tropical island? How did they get there? Likely, not by sitting on their bum wishing they could survive and prosper as an artist!
Want to join them?
Show yourself that you CAN live your dreams – and when you do, you help other artists do so too. Every step you take towards your dreams, each action, is giving life to your gifts – and when you do that, you can begin to pour it out and spread the joy of your art all around.
Get yourself in shape. Think like an athlete and get it done.