Artists and Failure

Courageous Artist

Artists and failure go hand in hand because anyone who embarks on a journey of great depth and importance is bound to run into obstacles and setbacks. It takes great courage to put yourself out there and live life as the artist you are. You’re the type of person who is willing to live with failure because you realize how important it is to be the real you.

Most people desperately try to avoid risk or vulnerability. They live ordinary lives devoid of passion, but you don’t. As an artist, you understand that failure is not something horrible, it’s actually a tool you can use to learn more about yourself, build up your strength, and continue living your dreams. Each time you fail you have the choice to view it as the end of the world or to learn from it and move forward. No matter how many times you fail, it’s never a reflection on your worth as a human being, it’s just something that occurred, a situation you can move past.

Our culture promotes the mistaken notion that failure is the opposite of success when it’s really not. Failure is simply something that happens when you’re trying to do something worthwhile. Because you’re an artist, you’re the type of person who follows your inner voice and takes risks. You’re willing to endure the bumps in the road to live your dream. You’re able to bounce back from every rejection. You believe in yourself no matter what, because success isn’t just what society says, it’s about how true you are to yourself. So, keep going no matter how many times you “fail.” Along the way you’ll grow stronger and increase your chances of success. You’re worth it. You’re an artist.

Cheers,

Guy

P.S. The artwork on this site is my original digital art. See more of it and buy prints at Digital Art Guy.

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How to Sell Your Art Online

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There are a tons of articles and videos on how to sell you art online but I like to look at this topic from a different angle: defining what you really offer and then selling that. A lot of artists, poets, and musicians think in terms of creating a product and selling it. What is often missing is identifying what they really sell, the underlying story.

When I first started writing poetry as a career I had to think about what I would do to make money. Everyone’s first question was, “Are you going to sell books?” My answer was that I didn’t want to do that. I have zero interest in writing poetry to submit to a publisher but I am very interested in publishing my poetry on my own blogs. Instead of trying to deal with publishers or struggle to sell a few books here and there, I now have hundreds of people reading my poems every month and thousands visiting the blogs I created. I decided early on that I wasn’t just selling a book of my poems, I was selling an online experience, a thoughtful, carefully-curated journal that poets would contribute to and readers would enjoy. My blogs became an ever-growing work of art where I was selling the experience of reading a certain type of poetry and the feelings that come with it.

When you’re trying to figure out what you sell, think in terms of the experience you provide. Do you help people look deep inside?Does your art make people feel something? Do you expose injustice or propose social change? Once you define what it is you really sell, you can begin connecting with people online via social media and tell them your real story. That’s when you move beyond saying, “Buy my painting,” to, “Join me in my vision of the world.” Your art means something and makes people feel a certain way, define what that is and invite them to join you on your wonderful journey.

Cheers,

Guy

P.S. The artwork on this site is my original digital art. See more of it and buy prints at Digital Art Guy.

Want to move your art career forward? Visit The Abundant Artist, who offers courses like How to Sell Your Art Online and Facebook Marketing for Artists, as well as Business Coaching for Artists.

Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Artists

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Please stop comparing yourself to other artists. Why would I ask you to do that? Because it’s sad when artists think they have to be a certain way for their work to matter. It’s normal to have some level of insecurity about your work, it’s even healthy because it means you don’t have an out-of-control ego. Where self-doubt becomes negative is when you start thinking that your work isn’t good enough or that you’ll never measure up to some arbitrary standard.

Being an artist requires a lot of effort as is, why make it even more difficult by saying you’re somehow not as talented or worthy as some other artist? Your art is valuable as is because it’s a reflection of who you are deep inside. All you have to do as an artist is wake up each day and just be yourself. Create art that brings you joy and share it with other people. Eventually you’ll find your own audience.

Just because your art (or poetry, music, etc.) doesn’t meet some standard imposed by other people or society, doesn’t mean it has any less merit. Your work is important on its own. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing, just be your amazing self and keep creating. You and your art are worth it.

Cheers,

Guy

P.S. The artwork on this site is my original digital art. See more of it and buy prints at Digital Art Guy.

Want to move your art career forward? Visit The Abundant Artist, who offers courses like How to Sell Your Art Online and Facebook Marketing for Artists, as well as Business Coaching for Artists.

What to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up on Your Art

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Here’s what to do when you feel like giving up on your art: Keep going. I know it sounds simplistic or glib, but it’s actually the truth. There are going to be times in your art career when you feel down and want to give up. There will be occasions when it seems nothing is going right and that nothing ever will. It’s perfectly normal to feel like giving up when you don’t see results even though you’re working really hard.

As a poet and digital artist, there are many times where I’ve felt like nothing is happening and everything is hopeless. It has often seemed like I work really hard for no tangible results and nobody cares about my poetry or artwork. Over the years, I’ve found that these feelings of despair are perfectly normal: It’s hard to be an artist to begin with, and even harder when things don’t seem to be going well.

So what can you do when you feel like giving up? Don’t. Remember that doing art is who you are, not some job you’ve chosen to pass the time, feel safe, or avoid pursuing your dreams. Even if it seems like nothing is going your way, keep working, because it’s your continuous actions that eventually lead to opportunities. It’s not always easy to look at the big picture when you’re stuck in the struggle, but there are things happening just outside your field of vision that will eventually enter your life. You will never see those things if you give up.

As an artist, you’re one of the very few people who has the courage to endure discomfort and uncertainty to follow your bliss. Most people give up and leave behind a pile of broken dreams, but you don’t. You persevere, you continue building your body of work and telling people about it, and you know what it’s like to live as the real you. Keep going, you’re worth it and your art matters.

Cheers,

Guy

P.S. The artwork on this site is my original digital art. See more of it and buy prints at Digital Art Guy.

Want to move your art career forward? Visit The Abundant Artist, who offers courses like How to Sell Your Art Online and Facebook Marketing for Artists, as well as Business Coaching for Artists.

10 Reasons Why You Will Make It as an Artist

Courageous Artist

I believe in you and here are ten reasons why you will make it as an artist:

1. You’re a beautiful, creative being who loves making art. That in itself is incredibly valuable.

2. You have the ability to follow your bliss, which takes an extraordinary amount of courage and determination.

3. You’re one of the few people able to put up with regular criticism and people’s “helpful” comments about the work you love doing.

4. The world needs your art. There are people out there right this moment who will benefit from your art as soon as they become aware of it. Your art makes the world a more thoughtful and meaningful place.

5. You don’t play it safe. You’re willing to endure discomfort to do what you love in life.

6. You’re an iconoclast. You’re one of the rare people who doesn’t do what everyone says you should do or follow norms.

7. You have the perseverance to make it through all the setbacks and challenges artists face.

8. You believe in yourself and your amazing talent.

9. You keep telling people about your art and spreading the word about your amazing work, even when it seems like no one cares.

10. Your art matters.

Very few people are able to do what they love in life. You’re a special person, an artist who never gives up. I know you’ll make it.

Cheers,

Guy

P.S. The artwork on this site is my original digital art. See more of it and buy prints at Digital Art Guy.

Want to move your art career forward? Visit The Abundant Artist, who offers courses like How to Sell Your Art Online and Facebook Marketing for Artists, as well as Business Coaching for Artists.