Category: Personal Development Written by Sophia Smith
Those who are gifted with creativity can’t really help it but generate beauty. As simple as this may sound, some people shy away from their inner artist for a number of reasons, such as financial insecurity, lack of support or understanding from those around them. If you feel like an artist, but there’s something holding you back from making it your calling, you shouldn’t give up on your dream and become anything less than you know you can be. Empowering yourself to turn your artistry into more than a hobby isn’t impossible. Here is what you can do.
Talk about it
When something seems challenging or scary, especially when it’s your own mind that’s discouraging you, one of the solutions can be a simple conversation with somebody who can help you gain a new perspective. Whether it’s a friend, close family member, or somebody who’s already established themselves as an artist, it’s likely that they can give you some advice on how to approach the issue, that they can help you sort your thoughts out and see everything more clearly. Just saying what’s bothering you out loud can somewhat simplify your problems and allow you to realize they aren’t as huge as you made them out to be in your head.
Finding somebody supportive to talk to might be just what you need to make your approach to your problems more realistic, but also more positive.
Invest in yourself
Just like any other type of work, being an artist is something you have to fund. You can’t paint unless you purchase canvas, brushes and paint, you’ll probably need an instrument to create music and you won’t be able to take photos without a good camera. However, working material is only a small part of what you need for the process of creating art. After all, even when you have a top-quality camera, it’s worth nothing in your hands if you don’t have the skills necessary to use it.
This is precisely why you should invest in yourself, in enhancing your talent and making the best of it. You should, therefore, consider finding good workshops or courses that suit your needs. For instance, if you find top-notch photography classes near you, you can work with award-winning professional photographers, so that you can expand your skills, become more proficient and make photos that will capture anybody’s attention. Just like you need to upgrade your equipment, you also need to upgrade your artistic capabilities and ensure you grow and learn constantly.
Keep your day job (for a while)
Putting all of your eggs into one basket can be extremely risky, which can put a lot of strain on you and make you more nervous than you should be. This is why you should think twice before quitting your day job in order to fully commit to being an artist. While you should create as much and as frequently as you can, you should have something to fall back on until you start actually making money from your art. Give it a few months before you dedicate yourself completely to creating art. Only when you realize that you can make a living from it and that you have enough customers ready to pay for it at any time should you give notice at your current workplace and begin relying solely on your art for making money.
Plus, you need several months of continuous dedication to art to make sure this is truly what you want to do in the long run, and not something temporary, which you’ll get bored of in a year or so. Giving yourself some time to adjust is key here, which is why it’s essential you don’t rush into anything.
Don’t get lazy
When you practice what you love, every workday becomes joyful and fun. Or does it? Artists normally rely on their inspiration to even begin shaping their ideas into something others can appreciate as well. But what happens when you can’t find the inspiration you so desperately need, and for days, weeks or months at a time? It’s crucial that you don’t just wait for it, while sitting and doing nothing. You have to force yourself to work every day, even when you don’t feel up to it. When you put in some work into your art on a daily basis, you’ll find tiny sparks of inspiration again and again, and build your creation up gradually from what you have. Once you get fully inspired, you can make any adjustments you feel your work needs.
This is the only way you can keep up with the demand for your work and the only way you’ll know for sure you are making progress and that you aren’t wasting your valuable time. If you decide to work only when inspiration comes, you might find yourself with several projects you’ve begun, but haven’t finished. This is something you should avoid, as it can set you back financially and mentally.
If art is your passion, then it’s something you should go after, something you should put effort, time and love into and make it your calling as soon as possible. Be patient and persistent, give yourself the time you need and success will come eventually.
This article was submitted exclusively to CrystalWind.ca by Sophia Smith
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