Confidence comes with experience. It takes many art exhibitions and public run-ins to build your confidence. Along the way, some people will try to knock you down. Trust me, that will make you stronger and more confident than ever because you have learned.
Having confidence in your work is one thing. Being able to speak or write about it confidently might be another. Putting on a public face is yet another. You have to do all of them. No one can do them for you. As I say again and again: No one knows your work better than you. No one believes in it more than you. No one wants you to succeed more than you. No one can promote it better than you.
If you find yourself lacking in any of these areas, work on them–immediately.
- Properly introduce yourself. According to Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink, you have two seconds before someone forms an opinion of you. Don’t blow it!
- Visualize your confidence.
- Improve your marketing materials. Everything from your Web site to your cover letters should scream, “I’m an artist and I’m going places!” Contact me if you need any help in this area.
- Practice your words. You know how critical I think they are.
- Dress up. A new outfit can do wonders for your esteem.
- Try a new hairdo. I know it probably sounds silly, but anything new
that improves my appearance can make me feel like a million bucks.
(Guys, this goes for you, too.)