Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Advice from a full time artist: Work

“Follow your heart.” “Trust your gut.” “Find your voice.” “Stay true to your vision.”
You want to follow those but...
It’s not that there isn’t merit to these "quotes" of wisdom for artists, it’s just that, following your heart won’t help you pay the bills or buy food.

Take the job. 
If someone wants to hire you, take it, Do whatever it takes to be able to call yourself a working artist. 
Especially when your first starting out, you might not like it, but it's work, there's plenty of time later on in your career to to turn down jobs. Once your established. 
I've taken plenty of Commercial work and it has brought me a lot of new clients.

The unbearable truth...Art IS a commodity. Nobody "needs" a painting to hang on the wall. It's a "want" it's a "desire" people like "things" and "pictures" that make them feel happy, or emotions or merit, so of course they will buy art, but while your waiting for buyers, take the jobs offered to you.

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