3 You won’t know your value if you don’t value who you are and what you do. Neglecting visits to or overlooking job opportunities in galleries and museums are the quickest way to lose touch with the art community and it’s culture. It’s true that art is everywhere but an art gallery or museum allows us to see just how many people are looking to be inspired BY US. They’ve taken the time out of their schedule to be moved in thought or emotion through Fine Art, are likely to bring 1 or more people who are also interested in being inspired BY US, and believe it or not, THEY’RE LOOKING TO BUY. Whether they purchase on the spot or choose to come back at another time to make their purchase, our notoriety increases as well as our wallets. Just think, each time someone sees your artwork on the walls of your client, they will ALWAYS discuss your name first, where they found your art, and then they’ll move onto discussing what they believe you’re depicting in your artwork. 4 What’s your purpose? Being boxed in is death to a creative person and it takes time to break out of the box (boxes you’ve created for yourself and boxes people have put you in). Sometimes you will have to work a job you hate in order to put food on the table while supporting your passion. At other times, you’ll have to eat a little less in order to break even. Hardships will always cause you to quit IF you don’t remain focused on the purpose of your pursuit. There has to be something other than money that drives you to keep going. For instance, if your purpose is to take a stand against starving children in the United States, you can donate a certain amount of proceeds to a local food bank, church, or shelter that you know is actually helping to feed people or you can even pick a family to help out in your building or neighborhood. When you think of them not being able to afford food, you’ll get out of bed in the morning, go to work, and come home to focus on your passion without complaining but with a drive to keep going. If you’re the one who’s in need, you’ll still get out of bed in the morning, go to work, and come home to focus on your passion. Find what incites passion on the inside of you by asking yourself, What do I care about? What makes me overjoyed? What makes me agonize? Whatever your answer is, you can use it as fuel to not quit when the going gets tough.
Overall be open to inspiration, never stop learning, stay connected, remain focused on your purpose and you’ll enjoy the journey to doing more than you ever thought you could.
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