Becoming a Successful Artist

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Do you dream of becoming a successful artist? Well, I’m here to tell you that if you’re currently creating art from you heart and being the real you, then you’re already successful. When people say they want to be a successful artist, they often mean making money and being well-known. While those are admirable goals, they are only a small part of being successful.

If you’re an artist, you’re already a success. You’re one of the few people who gets up each day and follows their bliss. You’re that rare type of individual who doesn’t live a fake life. You already have something that only a very small percentage of the population enjoys: living meaningfully and authentically.

On days when you’re not feeling successful, try to remind yourself of how special you are and never stop creating and letting people know about your art. Your constant and consistent efforts will eventually lead to more opportunities. Don’t forget that financial and ego concerns aren’t what art is about, the only thing that matters is you creating your wonderful artworks. You’re an artist, you’re successful from the very start.

Cheers,

Guy

So What If Your Art Isn’t in the Guggenheim

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A lot of artists measure their worth by whether their art is in a museum like the Guggenheim. The truth is that it doesn’t matter one bit if your art is in the most prominent museum or fanciest gallery or adored by millions. Outside validation doesn’t increase your value as a person.

People who crave attention and recognition have set up institutions and “rules” that say that you have to do certain things in order to be a real artist. If you think about it for a moment, that’s just ego gratification junk. Your art is no less important just because it isn’t in some museum or gallery, it’s exactly the same no matter what.

As a poet, people ask me all the time whether I’m published by a publishing house or have an agent or sell tons of books. I could not care less about how others define success or the “proper” way to be a poet. These are all artificial constructs and constraints that limit my vision. So, instead of paying attention to all the drones, and letting them erode my self-esteem, I forge ahead and do my own thing. Because I didn’t listen to them, I currently run several poetry sites featuring my poetry and the work of talented poets from all over the world. If I had listened to conventional wisdom, I’d be begging publishers to please read my manuscript. No thanks.

The art world is notoriously petty, arbitrary, fickle, and exclusionary. Countless worthy artists get no recognition, not because they lack merit, but because they weren’t visited by chance. Much of success in art is either having the right connections or being at the right place at the right time. You don’t have to play by their rules. Find your own path. Be the real you. You’re valuable, you’re important, you’re an artist.

Cheers,

Guy

I Believe in Your Art

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I believe in your art. I believe in you as an artist. I believe in the importance of your work. People ask me how I can believe in artists I don’t know. What if they’re not “great artists?” What if their work isn’t any good? The answer is that every artist is important, wonderful, unique, special, and worthwhile in their own way. There is no artist who doesn’t deserve to have their work supported and applauded. It takes amazing courage to embark on a career in art. Why would anyone not believe in someone’s bliss?

In our society, we’re taught that artists are dreamers, that somehow they don’t have their feet planted on the ground or aren’t tuned into the real world. What a load of junk. Artists are a vital part of the world. They see things others don’t. They challenge ordinariness. They reveal truths about humanity. They make people uncomfortable for the right reasons. They add beauty to the world. Why would anyone not want to believe in every single one of them?

There have been many times when people haven’t believed in my poetry or art. I’ve even had people close to me smile condescendingly or treat me like a child as if to say, “You know you can’t make it as an artist, right?” Well, they’re wrong about me and they’re wrong about you.

You can make it as an artist. You can share your amazing gift with the world. I believe in you. Most importantly, you believe in yourself. That’s all that matters.

Cheers,

Guy

The Artist Within

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I started this site because our culture tends to minimize the value and importance of art and there are countless people right this moment who are questioning their wonderful abilities or stifling their dreams because people tell them they can’t be artists.

I firmly believe that if you have the desire to be an artist of any kind it’s of vital importance to follow that impulse. Too many people live sad, unfulfilled lives because they deny their amazing creativity.

If you are an artist deep within, I encourage you to pursue it with all your heart. Have the courage to honor the talent you possess deep inside and follow your true path. You’re worth it because you’re an artist.

Cheers,

Guy

Artists and Vulnerability

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Artists and vulnerability are intimate friends because it takes an amazing amount of courage to be an artist and expose yourself to everyone’s scrutiny. A lot of people spend their entire lives avoiding who they really are, exchanging their dreams for safety. Artists, on the other hand, follow their bliss regardless of any discomfort or uncertainty.

As a poet and digital artist, I’ve had to overcome my introversion and put my art out there for everyone to judge. The feedback I get ranges from wonderful to indifferent to horrific. I feel completely exposed when I offer my very innermost self to people, in public no less, and somebody says something unpleasant or insensitive. I want to crawl into a hole to escape, but I consciously remind myself that it doesn’t matter what anyone says or what obstacle presents itself, I’m still an artist and I’m living my life as the real me.

It’s difficult for people who aren’t artists (or poets, writers, musicians, actors) to understand what it’s like to bare your being in front of everyone and endure what people throw at you. If you’re an artist, you know that feeling well. I’ve found that anyone embarking on a meaningful journey, one that reflects his or her true self, is going to feel vulnerable. It’s a normal part of being an artist and, over time, you’ll grow stronger and be able to deal with it more easily. The important thing to remember is that, no matter how vulnerable you feel, you’re still a wonderful artist with a marvelous gift to share with the world.

Cheers,

Guy